Attorney for “Demon Assassin” and Catherine Hoggle Wants to be a Montgomery County District Judge
The Montgomery County attorney representing one of the so-called “demon assassins” and Catherine Hoggle, the mother accused of abducting her two children and refusing to tell police their whereabouts, has applied to be a District Court judge.
David Felsen confirmed to MyMCMedia Thursday, that he filed to be considered for the position Sept. 29th. The deadline to apply for Sept. 30. Eleven other people applied for the position as well as 12 other individuals whose names were submitted to the governor for a judicial vacancy but who were not appointed that are now part of a pool that will be considered automatically for each vacancy on the same court occurring within two years after submission of the initial list.
When asked about his connection to such high-profile criminal cases and the effect on his application, Felsen told MyMCMedia, “I have clients that need my representation, whether it helps or hurts is not something I concern myself with.”
Felsen said he has been an attorney for 26 years, graduating from American University’s Washington College of Law where his in an adjunct professor. His office is in Rockville.
“I think I have the temperament and knowledge to be a good judge,” Felsen said.
This is the second time Felsen has applied to be a judge, but he could not remember the date he first applied. Judges in Montgomery County must apply and then interview with a Judicial Nominating Commission. That commission makes a recommendation to the governor who then makes an appointment to the bench. The public is encouraged to participate in the selection process by submitting written and signed comments concerning the qualifications of an applicant to The Judicial Nominating Commission, c/o The Administrative Office of the Courts, Human Resources, Maryland Judicial Center, 580 Taylor Avenue, Building A, First Floor, Annapolis, Maryland 21401.
Felsen said he is the attorney for Monifa Sanford, one of two Montgomery County woman accused of killing two children and stabbing two others whom they believed were possessed by evil spirits. The women called themselves the “demon assassins,”according to police reports. Felsen said Sanford has a status hearing scheduled in that case Oct. 8. A mental evaluation concluded that Sanford was mentally insane during the January attacks, according to court records.
Felsen also represents Catherine Hoggle, accused of abducting her children Sarah, 3 and Jacob, 2, in early September. They are still missing. She is undergoing an mental evaluation before her next court appearance expected by the end of this month. Felsen said Hoggle has regular contact with her legal representation. He would not say whether she has disclosed to her legal counsel where she left the children.
“We are adhering to every ethical standard there is,” Felsen said when asked by MyMCMedia if he would tell authorities information that might be provided by Hoggle.