Jagdmann Breezes to Likely Approval as Attorney General
Times-Dispatch, January 27, 2005
By Tyler Whitley
House and Senate committees quickly certified the
qualifications of Judith R. Jagdmann yesterday, paving the way for her
election by the General Assembly tomorrow as Virginia’s next Attorney
General. Jagdmann, deputy in charge of the civil litigation division in the
attorney general’s office, will replace Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore
when he steps down at noon Tuesday.
Kilgore is the prospective Republican candidate for
governor. He is resigning to devote time to his campaign.
Quizzed gently by the House and Senate courts of justice
committees, Jagdmann said she has earned the reputation of being a hard worker
who is dependable and exercises common sense.
She acknowledged that she has had no “direct
experience” in criminal law, but said she will rely on the criminal law
staff of the attorney general’s office, which, she said, is “second to
none in the United States.”
Asked by Sen. Nick Rerras, R-Norfolk, whether she would
appeal a recent Virginia Supreme Court opinion striking down Virginia’s
statute prohibiting fornication between unmarried people, Jagdmann said she
had not followed the case closely.
She said she would follow precedent but also felt strong
consideration should be given to the policies passed by the legislature.
Jagdmann has worked in the attorney general’s office
for seven years. Before that she was a counsel at the State Corporation
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