Judges dismissed in Engler case

Two judges have been dismissed by Engler's attorney, David Terry.

Posted: Jun 29, 2018 6:33 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Two judges in the Nicole Engler case have now been dismissed from the case.

Engler allegedly left her 21-month-old daughter in a hot car, causing her death.

Lawyer David Terry said Judges William Marshall and Frances Burge would not be appropriate judges for this particular case.

Terry said he respects both judges and the work they do, but in a small town like Roseburg, people are interconnected in many different ways.

Terry said it's because of those interconnections that the decision to dismiss both of these judges had to be made.

“Notwithstanding the fact that I practice all the time in front of both of these judges, that because of a series of circumstances, we didn’t think that was right in this particular case,” Terry said. “I believe those judges know it, and I believe they know that I know that every time I appear in their courtroom.”

He wouldn’t go into further details about the connections between the judges and this case.

While the details of this court case get ironed out, members of the public are still weighing if they think Engler should be prosecuted.

Roseburg resident Jeremy Smith said he thinks she should, but he thinks the public needs to come together to help the family as well.

“Do I think the DA should drop it? No I don’t. I think the DA needs to do what needs to happen and justice should be served for the fact of the child,” Smith said. “But, I think that as a community, there’s still a husband involved in this, a whole family involved in this, and loved ones that loved this kid. And we need to rally together for them, and show them that we support them.”

There are also others, like family friend Ashley Greenwalt, who say Engler and her family have suffered enough.

“Jail is for people that are a harm to our community. Nicole is not a harm to our community. It’s for people who need to learn a lesson. She learned her lesson,” Greenwalt said. “It’s for people who need to be reformed. She’s not going to learn anything in prison. She doesn’t need a GED. She doesn’t need to go to drug counseling. She doesn’t need any of those things. No services she needs will be available to her and provided in prison.”

A third judge has yet to be assigned to the case.

Engler has been charged with second degree manslaughter.

She will be in court again Aug. 27.

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