A former Frederick County State's Attorney is running for Circuit Court Judge. Scott Rolle filed his papers in Annapolis this week to run for the 5th Circuit Court seat created and funded by the Maryland General Assembly.
Rolle says he decided to run after consulting with family, friends and citizens. "I want to go back into public service. And I think the citizens of Frederick County have found they really want me at the court house. So this is a good fit for me based on the experience and the 27 years I've had trying cases," says Rolle.
Rolle served three terms as Frederick County State's Attorney. He ran unsuccessfully for Maryland Attorney General in 2006.
In addition to his years as a prosecutor, Rolle says he's had a wide range of experience in the court room, and this will prove invaluable as judge. "I've tried complicated jury trials all over Maryland. I've tried them in Frederick County, Washington County, Montgomery County, in just about every county in Maryland. I've tried cases in the federal courts in Maryland, Delaware and West Virginia," he says. In addition, Rolle says he's tried cases in military courts as a JAG officer in the US Army Reserve.
"One thing I know is the court room. I spend almost every day of my life in there. I certainly know what makes a good judge and what makes a not so good judge. I've been in front of so many of them," he says.
Late last year, Governor Martin O'Malley appointed local attorney Danny O'Connor as the 5th Circuit Court Judge for Frederick County. But he too must stand for election. The 2014 Maryland Primary is scheduled for June 24th.