Sugarmon Opens Juvenile Court Campaign

Memphis City Court Judge Tarik Sugarmon says the Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court is “administratively top-heavy” and too expensive to operate but that he will change that if elected. Sugarmon made the comments as he filed his petition to run in the August election for juvenile judge, the Memphis Daily News reports. Sugarmon also said he plans to talk about problems with the court that were identified by the U.S. Justice Department, including lack of due process, disproportionately harsher punishments for minorities and a greater number of minority youth transferred to adult court. Sugarmon will face Juvenile Court Chief Magistrate Dan Michael in the nonpartisan race for the position, now held by outgoing Judge Curtis Person.