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HONESDALE (Dec. 19, 2017) -- Former Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards was sworn in as the county’s first female President Judge on Friday. Surrounded by family and colleagues, including outgoing Judge Raymond Hamill and Senior Judge Robert Conway, Edwards took the oath of office in the Main Courtroom.
A Honesdale native, Edwards began practicing law in the area in 1997 and shortly after became Master of Divorce and Custody. She than became a private family law practitioner and began focusing on trial work as a part-time public defender. She later worked privately with a local civil litigation firm before being elected as Wayne County District Attorney in 2012.
As DA, and with the help of law enforcement and an experienced staff, Edwards has successfully prosecuted six murders with a 100 percent conviction rate. She has also led the fight against the opioid epidemic with the creation of the Wayne County Drug and Treatment Court, providing an alternative to incarceration for those suffering from addiction.
With Edwards’ election to the bench, long-time First Assistant District Attorney Pat Robinson takes over the reigns as the County’s chief law enforcement officer. He also was sworn in on Friday and, pursuant to a 2001 state law, will fill the vacancy until Jan. 6, 2020
Robinson joined the DA’s office 24 years ago and became First Assistant DA three years later, serving under District Attorneys Mark Zimmer, Michael Lehustky and Edwards. Born and raised in Semmes, AL, he is an honorably discharged veteran of the US Air Force. He received his law degree from the University of Alabama and a Master’s in Public Administration from Auburn University.
Robinson said “I greatly appreciate the loyalty to me and confidence in me exhibited by Janine Edwards. I will work with the local Law Enforcement Community and the Pennsylvania State Police to enforce the law, firmly and fairly. I believe in the Rule of Law and will enforce the criminal laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to the very best of my ability regardless of the consequences.”