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Carlo Ginotti, Candidate for 44th District Court Judge

Ginotti is one of three candidates for judge in the Aug. 7 primary election.

General information

Name : Carlo Ginotti
Age: 51
Place of residence : Royal Oak, Michigan

Education

University : Ginotti is a 1988 graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Ginotti received his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and Political Science from Western Michigan University, in 1984.

Employment Information

Current job title : assistant to Michigan's Attorney General, assigned to the Criminal Division in Detroit

Political information

Running for a: Local office
Running for position: District Court Judge
Chamber/district: 44th
Incumbent: No
Previous elective offices : Royal Oak City Commission

Party HQ

Address: 2323 Woodland Ave., Royal Oak, MI 48073

Website

www.ginottiforjudge.com

Statement of Purpose

Leadership. Experience. Commitment to one’s Community - These are qualities that can only be developed and strengthened over time.  They cannot be faked and should not be used as filler in campaign literature.  These are qualities we must look for in a candidate seeking our support for any public office – but demand from a judicial candidate!

I am seeking the office of Royal Oak District Court Judge.  I have 25 years of experience in the court room and have appeared in almost every jurisdiction in the State of Michigan.  As an Assistant to the Michigan Attorney General, a prosecutor with the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office, and an attorney in private practice, I have years of experience in both criminal and civil law.  Additionally I have had the honor of serving this community for almost 20 years on many different levels including eight years as your City Commissioner and Mayor Pro Tem.  My leadership and unwavering commitment to our community has earned me the respect and support of a long and growing list of bi-partisan supporters in whom many of you have placed your trust over the years. 

A District Court is the heart of its community.  Unlike any other court in our legal system, it is truly the “People’s Court” and the judges who work there must have a deep understanding and respect for the law and for the community in which they serve.  Our District Court hears criminal cases, but there are many other matters judges are required by law to hear.  On a regular basis a District Court Judge will handle matters from simple and routine speeding tickets and civil infractions to complicated contract disputes and landlord tenant matters.  For many of us a visit to the Royal Oak District Court will be the first and only time we will be exposed to the legal system and whether we come as an observer, a witness, a victim, or a party to a law suit, the impression we are left with will often depend on the judge handling the matter.  For these reasons, our District Court Judge must possess a broad base of legal experience and a deep understanding of our community which comes from years of community involvement.    

Other candidates may speak of community service, but here is a brief summary of my involvement in our community: 

  • Royal Oak City Commission (2001 – 2010)
  • Mayor Pro Tem, Royal Oak City Commission
  • Royal Oak Police Oversight Committee
  • Senior Citizen Advisory Committee
  • Royal Oak Brownfield Authority
  • Chair, Royal Oak Liquor Control Commission
  • Royal Oak Animal Shelter Committee
  • Royal Oak City Commission/School Board Liaison
  • Royal Oak Public Library Board of Trustees
  • Royal Oak Historical Society
  • Appointed by Governor Granholm to the Michigan Tri-Corridor

Technology Commission

  • Coach – Royal Oak Sandlot Baseball
  • Coach – Royal Oak Youth Football Association
    • Shrine of the Little Flower Grade School & Academy Dad's Club
    • Shrine of the Little Flower Parish Council
  • Producer/Host – The Royal Oak Show
  • Co-Chair – Royal Oak Memorial Day Parade Committee
  • American Legion, Frank Wendland Post 253 (SAL)
  • Knights of Columbus, Shrine Council 12408
  • Knights of Columbus, Bishop Gallagher Assembly 0482

As an experienced trial attorney and an outspoken advocate for our city, I have established a solid reputation for being trustworthy and fair.  As a civic leader I have acted to protect our families, our homes, and our neighborhoods while keeping an eye on our taxpayer dollars.  I am the only candidate who can bring this level of experience to the bench. 

Please visit my website www.ginottiforjudge.com or my Facebook page www.facebook.com/ginottiforjudge to learn more about my credentials and my vision for the Royal Oak District Court.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at 248-515-5557.

Ray Smith July 24, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Mr. Wolf, Ginotti is not a city employee. I'm not sure that bringing the subject of park benches in disrepair to his attention is the best place to direct your concern. Perhaps, in the future, you might find it more helpful to simply call or e-mail the city.
Mark Itall July 24, 2012 at 06:53 AM
Mr. Wolf, why would you waste the time of a judicial candidate with something that he cannot have any effect on? Defective benches would be City business, not Court business. And as my deleted previous response to your posting noted, having seen the way you "interact" with local officials several times, I would not be surprised that Mr. Ginotti walked away. Thank you for doing the right thing by contacting a city employee to point out the safety issue.
Ronald Wolf July 24, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Ray I observed that Mr. Ginotti was previously walking and talking to the mayor and as he had this beatific smile and friendly countenance I thought he could get the mayor's ear who was very busy.. Everyone knows I have been stumping for the improvement of this downtown park including Mr.Ginotti. He did not give me the opportunity to broach the subject before he rudely turned around without saying a word though he was looking at me directly and was aware I was talking to him. Just what we need a judge and a self decribed community leader who thinks he is better than you or me. As for Mark Itall your opinion of me is quite obvious, so thanks for the warning if the thought of approaching you ever crosses my mind. Your superiority complex is just what this city needs, you should run for office as well.
Ronald Wolf July 24, 2012 at 03:50 PM
This is an apology to Carlo Ginotti whom I called because I felt it would be fair to hear his side of the story. As the old saying goes when you assume you make an ass out of you and me and I was so flumoxed at the perceived slight that it did not occur to me to take advantage of his listed phone number and give Mr.Ginotti a chance to explain. He was both gracious and patient and explained that he had a long day and was about to go to his father in law to get him out of the sun. In retrospect this is understandable. He also explained that the unfurling of the Confedrate Flag and playing of Dixie at the Memorial Day tribute was a complete surprise to him and he assures me that this will not happen again if he has anything to say about it. So the air has been cleared, and may I point out that I have nothing personal against Mayor Ellison either, I have always given him the benefit of the doubt and hope that to take advantage of his recent invitation to have future conversations on how we can find balance in the benefits some downtown businesses (eg the bars) receive verses residents who suffer a diminished police and fire department and deserve a more attractive and usable downtown park, Again it is my wish to retract my previous negative remarks on judicial candidate Ginotti after our recent connversation this day.
Ryan A. July 24, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Ron, a whole lot of self created drama here. Relax, buddy. As an aside, it was a Memorial Day ceremony, you probably should have given city business a day off in respect to those who made the supreme sacrifice.
Debbie Campbell July 24, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I've been reading all the hub-bub and I have a question about comment deletion by Patch. I vaguely remember reading Mr. Wolf’s original post and it was neither vulgar or threatening—Simply his recounting of an unsatisfactory interaction with a political candidate. Mr. Wolf and candidate have resolved the misunderstanding—all is well in that regard. My question---What determines whether or not a comment is deleted by Patch? Was Mr. Wolf’s comment deleted after it was flagged by someone? What are the rules/criteria used for deletion when flagged as inappropriate? Example: Weeks ago a comment was posted by an individual using a fake name-- My friend flagged it several times and we were both floored that Patch allowed the comment to stand—in fact I just checked it’s still out there. —In the comment the poster claims a certain segment of the population should be terminated and those that didn’t agree with this point of view should be shot- I felt this comment was threatening hate speech—I certainly believed it would be deleted by the editor as it directly threatened violence(shooting) of those who may have disagreed—However this comment was allowed to stand. I would appreciate clarification from Patch Admin. regarding guidelines for decisions to delete comments.
Judy Davids (Editor) July 24, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Hi Debbie, I did not delete Ron's comment. It's still there. He just left it on another article--not this one, so that is the confusion. As for the hate speech comment, can you please send an email to judy.davids@patch.com with a link to the article and I will look into it. We certainly do not and will not tolerate threats on this website.
Ronald Wolf July 24, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Not when i see the racist Stars and Bars being unfurled with a band playing Dixie in front of African American veterans and in my case seeing a flag used by the KKK as their long adopted banner, a terrorist organization responsible for the murders of civil rights workers Viola Luizzo, Gooman Cheney, and Schwerner, Micky Schwerner beiing the son of my late high school biology teacher Ann Schwerner. Incidentally Carlo Ginotti was not aware that was planned and to his credit was equally troubled promising it would not happen again. Put that in your pipe and smoke it as that is what hard fought freedom is about.
Judy Davids (Editor) July 25, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Ron - Per your request, I deleted your original comment.
Debbie Campbell July 25, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Editor Davids— Thank you for addressing my concerns.

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