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Both new judges on the bench

I've seen the name of Lisa Greif — one of our two new judges — in stories in the paper recently, but I was wondering if the other judge (Tim Barnack) is at work on the bench yet. If so, who has taken his job in the district attorney's office? Thanks for your help.

— Clyde B., Central Point

Clyde, Since You Asked is happy to report the two newest members of the county's judicial community are both hard at work as Jackson County Circuit Court judges.

Formerly a defense attorney, Lisa Greif beat Joe Charter, a justice court judge, in the November 2008 election to fill retiring Judge William Purdy's seat.

Her fellow newbie judge, Tim Barnack, won out over former Jackson County Counsel Doug McGeary for the seat of retiring judge Rebecca Orf. Both were sworn in, donned their robes and took their seats in January. The two currently are handling a criminal docket. In fact, they each may be hearing a case — and handing down a little justice — as you read this, Clyde.

Barnack's departure from the position of senior deputy district attorney forced Jackson County District Attorney Mark Huddleston to do a little shifting to fill the vacancy. Terry Smith-Norton was promoted to senior deputy district attorney, and she is handling major felonies and adult rape cases.

Smith-Norton's husband, Deputy District Attorney John Norton, took her case load, and now handles drug cases. Eric Dames was promoted to deputy district attorney and is covering Norton's former domestic violence case load, Huddleston said.

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