Art Jackman Announces Candidacy for Circuit Court Judge

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Prosecutor reservist running for Circuit Court Judge in the 12th Judicial Circuit of Florida

Assistant State Attorney Art Jackman, a Felony Division Chief, has announced his candidacy for Circuit Court Judge in the 12th Judicial Circuit of Florida as the Honorable Marc Gilner retires after a distinguished career. The election for the vacated position on the bench in the August 26, 2014 election in Sarasota, Manatee, and Desoto counties.

Since 1996, Jackman has served as an Assistant State Attorney in the 12th Judicial Circuit and currently he is the Felony Division Chief. His duties include supervising all felony prosecutions up to and including homicide. He has personally prosecuted over fifteen homicide cases including cases involving the death penalty as well other complex criminal cases including DUI manslaughter, sexual battery, robbery with a firearm and child molestation.

With the aid of an Air Force ROTC scholarship, Jackman attended the University of Notre Dame earned his accounting undergraduate degree with honors. He went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School, where he also graduated with honors in the top 5% of his law school class. Later he went on to earn his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law.

Jackman brings his military discipline and precision to the courtroom. He is a Colonel in the US Air Force Reserve and has served as a Judge Advocate General’s Corps for the past twenty-seven years. In an interview with the Herald Tribune, Jackman stated “we looked at the big picture in the military. I managed people and resources and placed them where they would be most effective. This experience works well in handling the many issues we face at the State Attorney’s Office.”

He has been profoundly touched by the lives of those for whom he has served as a prosecutor for the State Attorney's Office, as a defense attorney, as President of the Board of Directors for the Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida, as a coach for Ringling Redskins Youth Football, and as a legal instructor at the Sarasota Criminal Justice Academy. One of the many notable achievements of his career besides his homicide prosecutions was securing a fourteen year prison sentence for a Sarasota man who beat a dog to death.

Both Ed Brodsky, State Attorney and Earl Moreland, Former 6-term State Attorney have endorsed Jackman’s candidacy.

The Department of Defense and the Department of the Air Force do not endorse political candidates.

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