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Gregory Bannon, Republican

For Washington County State's Attorney

For Washington County State's Attorney

July 13, 2006

Longtime Hagerstown attorney Gregory Curtis Bannon, a Republican, has filed to run for Washington County State's Attorney.

"I run for the families of victims murdered in cold blood who are denied justice when the death penalty is taken off the table for expediency," said Bannon, 52, of Old National Pike in Boonsboro.

He said he also runs for the schoolteacher who serves the county for 30 years, "only to be treated like a criminal for grabbing the arm of an unruly student," while the same system tells such students "they can do whatever they want."

He said he also is running for the police officer who makes an arrest, only to find out "they've worked out a plea agreement without his input."

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Bannon said he would not allow defense attorneys to "judge shop to get the most lenient sentence" and wants to see that local police jurisdictions get the training they need to arrest illegal immigrants.

"A prosecutor's job is not just to obtain convictions. A prosecutor's job is to see that justice is done," he said.

Bannon, of Bannon & Balog in Hagerstown, has been practicing law in Hagerstown since 1979, he said.

He said he chose to run in this election because, "I thought it would be a good chance to serve the community."

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