The Birmingham News - Fraternal Order of Police Endorses Republican Greg Shaw for Alabama Supreme Court

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By:  Greg Shaw
Date: Sept. 11, 2008
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The Birmingham News - Fraternal Order of Police Endorses Republican Greg Shaw for Alabama Supreme Court

Eric Velasco

The Alabama State Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed Greg Shaw, a Republican candidate for Alabama Supreme Court, in the Nov. 4 election.

Campaign officials for Deborah Bell Paseur, the Democratic candidate for the Supreme Court seat, responded by touting the endorsements she has received from county sheriffs around Alabama.

Shaw is a judge on the state Court of Criminal Appeals. Paseur is a retired Lauderdale County District Court judge. They are vying for an open seat on the nine-member state Supreme Court.

Bill Davis, the president of the state Fraternal Order of Police group, said in a statement that Shaw has been a strong supporter of law enforcement.

"Our organization believes that Judge Shaw will be the most effective judge for the state and is ready to hit the ground running as the next member of the Alabama Supreme Court," he said.

Shaw, who was a staff attorney at the Alabama Supreme Court for 16 years before he was elected to the Court of Criminal Appeals in 2001, said he was honored by the endorsement from the state's largest police organization.

"Every decision I have made for the last seven and a half years has been based on two standards: fairness and justice," Shaw said in the release announcing the endorsement.

Paseur's campaign responded with a statement from Ronnie Willis, the Lauderdale County sheriff, where Paseur served on the bench for 27 years.

"There is no better friend to law enforcement than Judge Deborah Bell Paseur," Willis said in the statement. "She is the only candidate in this race who has gotten out of bed in the middle of the night to sign a search warrant or looked a defendant in the eye and sent them to jail."

Paseur, who worked two summers as a police officer while in law school, has been endorsed by 15 sheriffs in the state, according to her campaign.