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May 1, 2014

Four vying to replace Hancock in Floyd Superior 2

Two Dems and 2 from GOP in the May 6 primary

NEW ALBANY — After serving 11 years in the role, Floyd Superior Court No. 2 Judge Glenn Hancock is not seeking another term this year.

The four men vying to take his place praised Hancock for his service, and each have their own reasons for believing they would be the best choice to take his place.

Republicans Chris Lane and James “Jim” Hancock will face each other in the May 6 primary, as will Democrats Richard Rush and Matthew Lorch.

While the court has the capability to host a variety of cases, Floyd Superior 2 is primarily the venue for minor criminal charges and misdemeanors.

While the cases may be considered low impact in terms of the criminal nature involved, the court does see a high volume of activity.

The four men who are seeking the judge’s seat are attorneys, and each feel they are ready to handle the heavy case load in a fair manner.


Hancock touts experience

Hancock, 61, is frank about his reasoning for seeking the judge’s seat. He believes he’s the most experienced candidate for the job among the Democratic and Republican choices.

Hancock — who is of no relation to the retiring judge — has more than 35 years of experience practicing law in Southern Indiana.

He’s litigated close to 3,000 divorces and more than 3,500 operating a vehicle while intoxicated cases during his career, which he believes has prepared him well for the fast pace of Floyd Superior 2.

“There’s such a high volume that you have to keep things moving,” Hancock said.

Since few cases go to trial in Floyd Superior 2, Hancock knows he will have to work with prosecutors and defense attorneys to bring many cases to a quick resolution.

“The main focus is to be fair and impartial,” he said.

And being fair doesn’t always mean every sentence would be equal under Hancock’s gavel.

He said he would likely be more lenient on someone who has a minimal criminal background if arrested on a misdemeanor charge than he would be on an habitual offender.

“For us to treat every case the same, in my opinion, would be unfair and biased,” Hancock said.

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