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(Neb)-Former Sheridan County Attorney Named Judge

By: John Axtell Posted at: 04/06/2017 04:47 PM
LINCOLN - Governor Pete Ricketts has appointed Chadron State College graduate and former Sheridan County Attorney John Freudenberg as a county court judge in the 3rd Judicial District, which covers parts of Lancaster. He succeeds Judge Thomas Fox, who retired in January.

       The 47-year old Freudenberg has been the Criminal Bureau Chief of the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office...supervising the prosecution, investigation, and criminal appeals sections as well as assisting the Attorney General with his legislative agenda.

        He also chairs the Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice and is a past president of the Nebraska County Attorneys Association.

       A one-time basketball player at Chadron State, Freudenberg worked in private practice in Lincoln and Norfolk after graduating from the University of Nebraska College of Law before returning to the Panhandle in 1996 to join the Scotts Bluff County Attorney's office.

        He then moved to Sheridan County and became part of both the Smith and King law firm and the county attorney's office before being elected county attorney in 2003 and serving as a special prosecutor for high profile cases across the Panhandle.

       Freudenberg resigned as county attorney in late 2006 to join the attorney general's office and was an unsuccessful applicant for a judgeship in the Panhandle earlier that year and in York County in 2013

      Ricketts has also filled a county court vacancy in the 4th Judicial District, which is the Omaha area, named  Omaha lawyer Stephanie Shearer to succeed Susan Bazis, who resigned at the end of last year. The 44-year Shearer has been an attorney for 16 years, including a stint as a deputy Douglas County Attorney.


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