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Litigation attorney Arthur D. Sutton Wants to Bring Compassion and Sensitivity as a Judge
“As a judge I would bring enhanced level of compassion, patience, integrity and fairness with an above-average ability to discern the facts and analyze the law. It is important that every litigant gets a fair and equal chance to be heard without regard to race, creed, color, religion, or sexual preference.”
CHICAGO,IL- : Litigation attorney Arthur Sutton pays close attention to both facts and music because he thinks that is the best way to get their full measure.
As a Democratic candidate for Cook County Judicial Circuit, Sutton believes his “above average ability” to hear and analyze facts coupled with compassion and integrity separate him from the other aspirants.
Born in Yazoo, Mississippi but raised on the south side of Chicago in the Robert Taylor Projects, the 64-year-old Sutton has 30-plus years in career both in law enforcement and litigation. He started in the Juvenile Detention Center on 11th Hamilton, where he tried cases including but not limited to, Abuse and Neglect, Criminal Juvenile delinquency and Civil termination of parental rights. Since 1995 he has been in his own practice handling a diverse variety of civil and criminal cases. From family law to felony first murder and from election law to armed robbery, Sutton has acquired a rich experience that he thinks would make him an effective judge.
As someone who grew up on the south side of Chicago, Sutton believes his “humble beginnings give him a better understanding of criminal behavior and ways to deal with from the standpoint of law.”
One of the main reasons he is running for the position is because he wants to use law to create a “positive impact on society, especially youth as well as enhance judiciary with compassion, patience and integrity.”
“I have had to work very hard to get where I am today. When I was growing up there were gangs on every corner of our neighborhood. I barely had decent clothes. I have known hard life and that has made me sensitive to people in the lower income group particularly,” Sutton told Hi India.
“As a judge I would bring enhanced level of compassion, patience, integrity and fairness with an above-average ability to discern the facts and analyze the law. It is important that every litigant gets a fair and equal chance to be heard without regard to race, creed, color, religion, or sexual preference,” he says.
Sutton believes given his varied experience across a spectrum of law enforcement coupled with his keen understanding of the hardship people face because of poverty and lack of opportunities he would be able to administer justice much better than “those judges who just get rich.”
As the chairman of trustees at the Acme Church, Sutton gets the chance to interact with the community at levels that his legal profession may not necessarily allow him. As a composer and musician he plays bass and writes songs. He is also the lead guitarist for the choir. “I have been playing music since the age of 12. In fact, my engagement with music always kept me out of trouble and helped me focus on education,” he says.
“I see a parallel between law and music in this way. We are taught to apply law to the facts and deliver a judgement. Similarly, music is apply to lyrics and you create melodies that touch hearts,” he says.
Asked if he thinks he might have missed a career as a full-time musician, he laughs and says, “I am doing both right now, law and music.”
He went to DuSable High School where he played basketball for DuSable, which earned him a scholarship to St. Francis University, a NCAA college in Loretta, Pennsylvania. He transferred from St. Francis and graduated from Aurora University in 1977 with a BA degree in Criminal Justice.
Sutton has sponsored a free community festival every year for the past 25 years, providing entertainment and giving back-to-school supplies to the returning students. As the founder of the ASGOP Scholarship Foundation he annually awards ten scholarships to students pursuing their vocational and educational goals beyond high school.