John Knodell

John Knodell, Judge Position 2

Judge john knodell has served as Grant County Superior Court Judge Position 2 since 2008. He has been an attorney for 18 years, and prior to serving as a judge, was the prosecuting attorney in Grant County.

He is a judge who focuses on contested child custody cases. He is known for making decisions that are fair, but also in the best interest of the children involved.

Early Life and Education

John Knodell graduated from Carleton College in 1974 and then earned his law degree from the University of Puget Sound School of Law. He was elected to the Grant County Superior Court in 2008.

During his career, Knodell has tried a wide variety of cases. He has a deep understanding of the law and knows how to work a jury, charming them with just-folks talk and stories of his wife and his grandfather. As a judge, he said making decisions in child custody cases can be challenging, because the laws are not clear and there is no “right” answer. Nevertheless, he has always strived to make his decisions in a way that is fair and just. He is grateful to have served on the Grant County Superior Court for so many years.

Achievements and Honors

Judge Knodell was a long time proponent of a more open legal system. He served as Grant County’s first designated gang prosecutor. He is a graduate of Carleton College in Minnesota and the University of Puget Sound School of Law. He is proud of the fact that he has been elected to three terms as Superior Court Judge in the state’s largest and most diverse county. A strong, independent judiciary is essential for maintaining our democracy.

Personal Life

john knodell cherished his family, his friends and the people he served. He was a lifelong member of Trinity Church and an active volunteer. He was involved in many aspects of the church, including on the vestry and finance committee. He also served as an honorary senior warden. He was known for his ready smile and charisma. He was a proud New Brunswicker and loved to travel to other parts of the country.

Knodell believes that justice requires a balance between equal adversaries and truth. He encourages defendants to bargain for plea deals and discourages pre-trial motions that challenge the prosecution’s evidence. He says that the certainty of punishment is more important than the severity. He is a strong advocate for his clients and he is committed to serving Grant County.

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