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'You’re fighting for people who may be voiceless'

Cary Ashby • Aug 12, 2016 at 1:00 PM

When David Walsh isn’t in court, he enjoys riding motorcycles.

“I like to work on my (Indian) motorcycle a lot,” said the 27-year-old assistant prosecutor who enjoys the “open-road feeling” of being on a bike.

Walsh joined Huron County Prosecutor Daivia Kasper’s staff July 25. He is handling adult criminal cases and replaces Eric Buchakjian.

“We’re very excited to have David join our office,” Kasper said. “I think he will be an asset for Huron County and will build into a great prosecutor.”

Walsh talked about his military background, schooling and what led him to the law profession.

“I’m from Boardman,” he said.

“Eddie DeBartolo Sr. built my suburb basically,” Walsh added, referring to the late businessman who was born in nearby Youngstown. 

“His house was right next to the high school,” said Walsh, who is an Ohio State Buckeyes and San Francisco 49ers fan.

Walsh earned his undergraduate degree in criminal justice online from the American Military University while he was in the Air Force. The Boardman High School graduate then attended the Moritz College of Law of The Ohio State University.

“I got sworn in in May,” Walsh said.

“I’ve been in the military for nine years,” he added. “I enrolled while I was still in high school. The goal was to become an attorney.”

Walsh said he was a high-school freshman when he realized he wanted to become a lawyer. He credits his experience on the speech-and-debate team with helping make that decision.

“I was really good in it,” he said modestly. “I went into nationals twice in that.”

Walsh said the experience taught him the importance of “advocating for what is right, even if it’s unpopular.” 

He sees a parallel to being a lawyer.

“As an attorney, a lot of the time you’re representing someone who doesn’t have a voice,” Walsh said.

While in the Air Force, he worked for six years as a security and law-enforcement officer overseeing weapons storage areas and intercontinental ballistics missile bases. Walsh was stationed in Wyoming. 

“Everything just lead to me working to be a prosecutor,” said Walsh, who remains a technical sergeant in the 178th Wing for the Ohio National Guard based in Springfield.

While in law school, he had a variety of experiences during internships and clinics. Walsh worked for the Ohio attorney general, Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Guy Weece, the Mahoning County prosecutor’s office, Delaware city attorney and Ohio House of Representatives.

Walsh said one of his most memorable experiences was a Mahoning County murder case. He said the victim was brutally stabbed about 48 times by the defendant had been trying to get some medication.

The emotions he heard from one of the attorneys and the victim’s family made an impact on the then-law student.

“As a prosecutor, you enforce the law of the state of Ohio, you’re fighting for people who may be voiceless,” Walsh said.

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