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Weisenburger talks 'change in role'

Cary Ashby • May 24, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Norwalk Municipal Court Judge Eric Weisenburger noticed some adjustments as he made the transition from attorney to judge.

"It definitely took a few weeks to settle in. I had a pretty good handle on the routine from being in court for so long," he said.

Weisenburger has served as judge since May 31. Gov. John Kasich appointed him to replace retired Judge John Ridge. In November, Weisenburger a Republican, won the election against Democratic challenger and local attorney T. Douglas Clifford.

"The biggest adjustment was the change in role," Weisenburger said.

"As a judge, you don't have to prove anything. It's a fundamental difference from being an attorney. An attorney has to prove certain things or disprove certain things. A judge needs to determine whether the evidence reaches a certain level of proof. It is a fundamental difference; that has been the biggest adjustment," he explained.

Weisenburger credits the court staff with the being one of the secrets to the success of his transition of going from attorney to judge.

"They have been very helpful throughout the first several months and are a hard working bunch. They've helped with the transition certainly," he said.

Being a judge wasn't one of Weisenburger's career goals when he first started practicing law. But that slowly changed.

"As with most attorneys in private practice, the prospect of being a judge is appealing," he said.

Weisenburger's face lit up when he was asked if he sees himself retiring as a judge.

"I hope so," he said with a big smile. "I'm certainly very happy with where I am and I am pleased to be where I am."

The judge also discussed the court's annual report. There were 417 felony cases filed in 2013 compared to 339 the previous year -- a 23-percent increase.

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