District court judge has Piedmont ties
by Margaret Anderson
Special to The Star
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Chris McIntyre, 34, had a plan early in his teens at Jacksonville High School. He wanted to practice law.

“In school, I knew I wanted to go to law school,” he said. “That was my plan for years. I knew I would like arguing cases in front of a judge and jury, trying to see justice done.”

He said the criminal aspect is what really attracted him to the legal profession.

After graduating from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, he earned his juris doctor at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law.

His first job was as a law clerk for the Circuit judges in Decatur. After a year there, he worked for the Calhoun-Cleburne County District Attorney’s office for almost three years where he put every grain of his law school knowledge to use in prosecuting criminals.

Four years ago, McIntyre and his mother, Marilyn May Hudson, opened a law practice on Church Avenue, in the building attorney Jadie Boozer practiced in for many years. He practiced criminal, civil, probate, family, and business law. He was content in the family business, but felt that he was needed elsewhere.

In late 2011, after giving it a lot of thought, he announced that he would run for district court judge. He ran on the Republican ballot and was elated to learn that he had received 56 percent of the vote in the 2012 Republican Primary. He took office on Jan. 15.

He said all he deals with now is criminal cases, which he prefers.

“It’s a heavy responsibility, the decisions I make can completely alter the course of someone’s life, and I do my very best to make sure that I get it right,” he said. “To me, it’s very important that anyone accused of a crime gets a fair shot at professing their innocence and if they opt for a trial, before I can convict them, I have to be absolutely sure that the state has proven their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.”

McIntyre is the son of Marilyn May Hudson and Charles Hudson of Jacksonville and Jerry McIntyre and Jackie Fowler McIntyre of Anniston. Jerry attended Roy Webb School and still has a home in Piedmont. His brother, Nathanael Harrison Hudson lives in Rockville, Md., and is a nuclear engineer for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He is also the brother of Denise Whitlock of Hokes Bluff.

McIntyre said he made the decision to run for the judgeship because he saw inequity in how the appointed incumbent judge was handling many of the cases.

“I knew deep down in my soul and heart that I would be fair and give people the opportunity that he didn’t,” said McIntyre. “Of course, ever since I started in the legal profession, I always knew that being a judge would be the pinnacle of my profession. It’s what I strived for. The stars lined up for me. I took a chance and won.”

McIntyre said he doesn’t take his position lightly. He said he realizes how important his job is, and the one thing he wants to do is make it possible for everyone to be treated fairly in the eyes of the law.

When he’s not sitting on the bench, McIntyre enjoys playing tennis, scuba diving, and anything outdoors, including hiking, camping and jogging. He exercises several times a week at a gym. He is a member of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Anniston.

His 6-year old Labrador Retriever, Lucy, is not the least bit impressed that her master is a judge.

“I’m the light of her life,” McIntyre said. “I like to think so anyway. The highlight of her day is when the tennis ball or the laser light she chases comes out.”

He cautions that Labradors have voracious appetites.

“They’ll eat themselves sick and can really put on the pounds. You have to be diligent in how you feed them.”

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