Don‘t Let This Be You
Tom Pace interviews Judge Scott Crichton re: Angelo Roppolo
About Jury Service with Judge Crichton
Talk of The Town Interview with Judge Scott Crichton
KPXJ CW21 Interview
Sexting, Texting and Beyond (presentation 9/29/11)
Crichton on Casey Anthony Not Guilty Verdict “She’s lucky.”:
Caddo District Court Judge Scott Crichton Reflects on His 24 Years on the Bench
1/30/2013 interview re: Hall of Fame Inductee Angelo Roppolo
Shreveport Bar Association Memorial
Don't Let This Be You 2010 Update on "Talk of the Town with Tom Pace" 9-17-10
Judge Crichton on "Talk of the Town with Tom Pace" Sept. 18, 2010: Crichton emceed Investiture Ceremony for new Federal Court Judge Beth Foote of Western District of Louisiana
Judge Scott Crichton Reacts to Latest U.S. Supreme Court 2nd Amendment Rights Ruling July 3, 2010
About Judge Scott Crichton
For unto whomsoever much is given, of him
In the fall of 1968, at the age of 14, I entered my freshman year at Webb School, a boarding school in the mountains of middle Tennessee. The school had an enrollment of about 200 and it was located in Bell Buckle (a community larger than a hamlet, smaller than a town). It was a tough school in austere surroundings where the emphasis was on traditional academics and discipline. Of particular significance, Webb had an honor code, “Noli Res Subdole Facere”, meaning “do nothing on the sly”.
In the fall of 1972, I entered LSU in Baton Rouge in which I encountered a student body of about 25,000. Needless to say, coming from Minden, then a city of about 16,000, and Webb, with a student body of only 200, I discovered a number of exciting “distractions”. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the academics as well as the social aspect, including membership in a fraternity, Kappa Alpha. I graduated in 1976; and after working in Shreveport for a year, I returned to Baton Rouge, entering LSU Law School in the fall of 1977. During the orientation phase, the dean, “borrowing” a phrase from another dean of a law school advised, “look to your left and to your right; at least one of you will not be here at the end of this year”. I gladly accepted the challenge and graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 1980.
I accepted an offer from the First Judicial District Court for a one-year clerkship beginning August 1980. In August 1981, I was hired by District Attorney Paul Carmouche and sworn in as an assistant district attorney, a position in which I would serve a decade – four years as a full time ADA and an additional six years in a part-time capacity. From 1985 to 1990, I maintained a civil practice, initially as an associate in a law firm and later as a sole practitioner. You can look at separate pages in this section for highlights regarding my practice of civil and criminal law.
On December 8, 1990, following a highly contested campaign, I was elected to the First Judicial District Court and sworn in January 1, 1991. I was reelected without opposition in 1996, 2002 and 2008 to three additional six year terms. (To read more about my 18 plus years in the judiciary, go to the next tab).
I owe so much to my parents, Mary and Tom Crichton. They provided me with love, support and guidance. Unfortunately, they did not live long enough to see the true fruits of their labor and to see me elected judge. My mother died in 1983 and my father died in 1989, both from cancer. I feel blessed to have had such fine parents.
I end this “bio” in the way that I started it. “For unto whomever much is given, of him shall be much required”. In addition to my judgeship, I have been incredibly blessed in life and I am thankful. Because of these blessings I feel especially compelled to do all that I can to honor my family and to make our community a better place. So, I carry this philosophy with me in my family relations as well as on the bench and I put my heart and soul into each day. I will continue to expect, in fact demand, more of myself in accordance with the Outward Bound tradition, “to serve, to strive and not to yield”.
For a recent talk on various points, including my background and passion about living in Shreveport as well as the importance of “giving back”, click here for a 45 minute speech which I delivered on January 12, 2010 to the North Shreveport Business Association.
“I can no other answer make, but thanks, and thanks”.
-- William Shakespeare
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