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DeLand, FL 32720
By Pat Andrews
posted Jan 14, 2013 - 12:37:24pm
Longtime Volusia County Judge Peter Marshall aimed to leave his well-wishers smiling, not crying, as he prepared to retire Jan. 4.
Court staff members, fellow judges, assistant state attorneys, private-practice attorneys, public defenders and family members had gathered at the Volusia County Courthouse to salute 66-year-old Marshall.
His retirement was effective Jan. 7, two decades after he was first elected.
A DeLand resident, Marshall has most recently been hearing criminal cases at the DeLand courthouse.
Christopher Kelly, a managing assistant state attorney in the felony division of the 7th Judicial
“It has been a privilege and an honor to serve as a county judge for Volusia County,” Marshall said at the Jan. 4 gathering.
He described court personnel, especially his assistant Dusty Going, as his “second family.”
These co-workers joined Marshall’s wife, Suzanne, and the couple’s children and grandchildren — some of whom came in from out of town for the occasion — to surprise the retiring judge.
Marshall said he’d gotten different reactions to his impending retirement, ranging from advice to questions about how Marshall would fill his time.
Another reaction, he said with a laugh, was the comment, “I thought you were already retired.”
Marshall said the best way to leave would be with the words with which he started.
He quoted the transcript of his Jan. 29, 1993, investiture, when he referred to the attorneys, court reporters, deputies, deputy clerks, paralegals and others, noting, “Each one of us plays a role in this system of justice.”
There’s a reason these people chose their careers, Marshall said. “I’m convinced it’s because we respect the system and we believe in it.”
He added, “We work in courtrooms just like this one, where words like truth, fairness and justice come to light every day,” for both the law-abiding and the guilty.
Marshall prayed that “collectively, we will see justice roll on like a river. God bless this honorable court,” he concluded.
Judge Belle Schumann presented Marshall with a plaque to commemorate his service to Volusia County. She said he has been a mentor to her and every judge who’s followed him.
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