Kane announces candidacy for criminal court judge

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:02 PM

Brody Kane, attorney and municipal judge, officially announced he seeks the office of criminal court judge for the 15th Judicial District comprised of Wilson, Macon, Trousdale, Jackson and Smith counties.

Chris Crowell is serving as his campaign treasurer.

"I am excited to be announcing my candidacy for criminal court judge," said Kane. "For almost two decades, I've represented thousands of clients, in both criminal and civil cases in front of more than 70 judges in state, federal and appellate courts across Tennessee. My extensive criminal and civil law experience both in and out of the courtroom, trying cases, working daily with clients and their families, as well working with judges, defense lawyers, prosecutors and police officers has strengthened my firm belief that a judge must have broad life and work experiences in order to see a case from all sides. A judge should never be a rubber stamp for either side."

Crowell, who along with more than 100 other local citizens from across the 15th Judicial District, is part of the Committee to Elect Brody Kane Criminal Court Judge, said, "Brody Kane will be a great judge because he cares. He understands the importance of the decisions he will make and cares about the impact of those decisions."

Kane, a 1988 graduate of Watertown High School, received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from Middle Tennessee State University in 1992 and, thereafter, received his law degree from the University of Memphis Law School in 1995. While in law school, he served as a judicial law clerk for the 10 Shelby County criminal court judges. After graduation, he began his more than 18-year career as an attorney, working for Lebanon native and current Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton, within the Shelby County Justice System – the largest system in the state.

A founding partner of Lebanon-based law firm, McBrien & Kane, Kane has also served as the municipal court judge for the town of Alexandria since 2004. Additionally he has served as a special judge for judges John Gwin, Bob Hamilton and Barry Tatum hearing criminal offenses, juvenile proceedings, orders of protection, civil lawsuits and mental health commitments. Kane was also selected for the Legislative Committee for the Municipal Judges Conference, a position he has held since 2012. Also, in 2012 he was selected by Gwin to chair the committee that developed and prepared the Local Rules of Court for General Sessions Court, Division III.

"I firmly believe a judge should reach his or her decision without bias or political involvement so that the judiciary remains fair, honest and hard working for all," said Kane. “He should be dedicated not only to the law but to the community those laws affect."

In addition to Kane's extensive legal experience, he has a deep commitment to community service. He is a past president and active member of the Lebanon Breakfast Rotary, past president and active member of the 15th District Judicial Bar Association, a board member of the Wilson County United Youth Soccer Association; a commissioner of the Wilson County Water and Wastewater Authority, a member of the Lebanon, Watertown, Macon County and Jackson County chambers of commerce, a Leadership Wilson graduate and a member of the National Rifle Association.

Kane and his wife, Angel, have three children, Madison, 16, Zoe, 13, and Neill, 11. Kane stays involved in all of his children's activities having coached their soccer and baseball teams and will soon travel to Nicaragua with his oldest daughter on a mission trip.

“For nearly 20 years I’ve dedicated myself to the practice of law, to my clients, to my family and to my community,” Kane said. “I’ve treated everyone with integrity, honesty and respect and if elected, will run my court in the same manner. During the next six months, it is my intention to work tirelessly to earn the trust and support of the voters in Wilson, Trousdale, Smith, Macon and Jackson counties because I believe I have the right experience for this job.”

The election for criminal court judge is Aug. 7. Early voting begins July 18.

Kane may be reached at brody@kaneforjudge.com and his campaign followed at kaneforjudge.com, on Facebook at /kaneforjudge and Twitter at @kaneforjudge.

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