LAWTON, Okla._Comanche County's newly appointed district judge, Emmit Tayloe, will soon be settling into his new office and new position.
Last week, Governor Mary Fallin appointed Tayloe as one of the county's district judges. Tayloe, who was born and raised in Lawton, was a, Assistant District Attorney for 4 years and has been in private practice for close to 30.
Judge Allen McCall held the position of a Comanche County judge for 31 years, but after retiring last September, he's made way for Emmit Tayloe to step in as the judge of his old courtroom.
Tayloe had once put his hat in the ring to become a judge but was passed over. He continued to operate his practice for several more years, but when he had the chance to throw his hat back in ring for a judge's position he jumped at the opportunity, one that he's eager to fulfill.
"It's just time to step in. There's a lot of work to be done in this office, and you feel the civic sense of duty to step in and to become a public servant and take care of the community," said Tayloe.
He has had experience on both sides of the court room, 4 years as a prosecutor and 30 years as a defense attorney. He says those experiences will help him in his new role. He plans to look at each case individually making sure no person is overlooked despite the type of crime or charge they're facing.
"There are people who act like animals and they need to be put in cages. There are people who come to you that are youthful offenders and have experimented with drugs, and those people need help. We can lock them all up and we can put them all in prison, but I don't think that is the answer," explained Tayloe.
Tayloe will be sworn in by the judge who preceded him, Judge McCall, a man Tayloe says he has a lot of respect for.
"It's a sense of duty that he is going to pass the torch to me, and I just pray that I can do as good of a job as he did, and I'll probably call him a lot," said Tayloe.
He says his biggest challenge will be going from getting ready to present a case to sitting back and overseeing one.
"Excepting that as reality and trying to take that role in the court room will be the most difficult thing. At least that is what I perceive today," said Tayloe.
He will be formally sworn in Tuesday, April 15.