A Port Huron attorney is challenging St. Clair County Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Lane in the November general election.
Robert Crosby, owner of Crosby Law, PLLC, will go against Lane for her seat, which she has held since 2010.
This will be Lane’s last chance to run for the seat, as the 68-year-old judge will hit the state-mandated age limit of 70 for sitting judges halfway through her term. Once judges reach 70, they can continue to serve the rest of their term, but cannot run again.
Crosby said it’s unusual and politically dangerous for someone to challenge a sitting judge. Usually, candidates wait until a judge retires or otherwise voluntarily gives up their seat to run.
But Crosby is willing to take the risk of putting himself in the public eye because he said he wants to give voters a choice. He said based on his own experiences in Lane’s courtroom and what he has heard from others, she has been unfair. He criticized her for not giving all parties the time and weight they deserve.
“I’m coming at this purely from a(n), ‘I don’t like what’s happening in that courtroom’ platform. I don’t agree,” Crosby said. “When I’m in that courtroom, I’m never disrespectful. I’m always proper, and the same thing goes with the candidacy. I can’t just be out there in public saying all of these bad things about the judge when I’m out in public. I really try to refrain from that. But the premise remains the same. It’s the way those cases were handled, and the things that were said were not appropriate.”
Lane disagreed with Crosby’s comments, stating she is fair and impartial, as well as thorough and well-prepared.