Jun 30, 2014 6:08 PM by KATC

N.I. attorney announces candidacy for vacated by retiring City Court judge

NEW IBERIA - New Iberia attorney Shane Romero officially announces his candidacy for Judge of New Iberia City Court, a seat that was vacated with the retirement of Judge Robert Segura.

"I was born and raised in New Iberia and I've spent my professional career here serving as an assistant attorney general, public defender, special counsel for local and state agencies and a lawyer in private practice. I have appeared in all types of courts across the state on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants in civil and criminal cases. With the broad range of cases I've handled during my career, I can honestly say, without a doubt, that I'm well qualified for this position," said Romero.

Romero said he hopes that voters make an honest evaluation of his qualifications, touting what he says is a record of experience and persistent research in the course of representing his clients. Romero committed to fairly and meaningfully evaluating all cases in a quest to improve justice in Iberia Parish.

"All too often judicial elections are decided without a single vote ever being cast. For years I have been vocal opponent of many things happening in our legal system, including judgeships being promised by politicians. Many times, vacant seats have no opposition or input by the community because of political deals made ahead of time. My candidacy, coupled with my contemporary legal knowledge and everyday experiences, offers our community an opportunity to have an independent judge that understands the modern legal issues people face every day," Romero said.

Romero expressed that one of his primary goals as judge will be to have a city court that takes a more active role in juvenile matters and evaluating defendants' placement in drug court programs.

"I believe that a judge should strive to understand the needs and challenges faced by our community in order to develop effective solutions to issues in our justice system, such as the Court's proactive role in working with beneficial programs that provide smart solutions. Simply, there needs to be a concentrated effort to address juvenile issues and substance abuse problems when they first occur before they lead to more serious legal penalties," said Romero.



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