One downside of not having a dedicated family court system in Maryland is that we miss all the fun of having elections for family-court judges. Consider this story out of Kenton County, Kentucky, just over the Ohio River from Cincinnati:
A candidate for a family court judgeship owes more than $2,800 in back payments for child support, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. … [Candidate Carl Knochelmann Jr. ‘s ] opponent, incumbent Family Court Judge Chris Mehling, says the debt shows him to be unfit for a judgeship.
The ABAJournal.com reports that Knochelmann’s attorney says he disputes the debt in the case, which goes at least 15 years, and that “the bigger picture” is that Knochelmann, also a lawyer, is a devoted father and very active in his son’s life.
None of that would necessarily save him from a contempt finding, of course — but it just might draw in some sympathy votes from similarly situated parents.