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|Doughty elected judge|
A new face will appear on the 5th Judicial District Court next year when Rayville attorney Terry Doughty takes his seat on the court.
Doughty was elected without opposition to replace Division A Judge Glen Strong, who announced his retirement earlier this year.
Doughty will serve along side Judges Jimbo Stephens and Rudy McIntyre. The three judges will alternate between the district courtrooms in Richland, Franklin and West Carroll Parishes.
Doughty said he expected crime and its repercussions to be one of the main challenges in the courtroom.
"Not necessarily what to do with the criminal, but what could have been done years before to prevent the crime," Doughty said.
Doughty attributed recent crime rates to misdirected attentions.
"When they come to court, we're punishing them for what they've already done," Doughty said. "We're looking at crime and the other problems that result from the deterioration of the family."
Doughty has practiced law in Rayville for more than 24 years. When reached for comment Friday, he was packing to leave for a mission trip to Honduras but said he was looking forward to getting to work for the people of the 5th Judicial District.
"This is something I've always wanted to do, it's something I felt like I was cut out to do," said Dougherty. "With Judge Strong retiring, I knew this was my time to run."