- We've been introducing you to potential replacements for Oneida County District Attorney. Tonight, we meet the third and final candidate.
Mike Fugle frequents the courtrooms of Oneida County. But you might not know who he is because he often prosecutes closed
Fugle started his legal career with a private firm in southeastern Wisconsin where most of his work was in criminal defense. He's spent the past 4 years as providing legal council for Oneida County.
"Some of it is circumstance. There's an open spot for District Attorney here; it's something I'm interested in. I'm not dissatisfied with what I do, but I think my resume shows that I achieve. So I think with the confluence of events it's an appropriate time for me to seek the DA's position," says Fugle.
Most of what Fugle does for the county is court work. He helps judges decide if people should be committed to institutions. He also prosecutes Child and Juvenile in Need of Protective Services cases.
"Having been on both sides of the fence, if you will, I have an understanding of both victims rights, and what's an appropriate charge for someone who has broken the law," says Fugle.
Fugle wants to be a DA who searches for the fairest resolution.
"I think that people earn going to prison, in a way. I don't think that should be a default position. I believe in restorative justice and rehabilitation. The other side of the coin is, there are people who are not going to conform their behavior in an appropriate way. And those are the kind of people who are ultimately going to end up in prison," says Fugle.
Fugle will face off against Defense Attorney Mike Schiek in a Republican primary in August. The winner will run against Democrat Scott Moller in the November election.