CULPEPER — Former Louisa County Commonwealth’s Attorney Susan L. Whitlock has been elected to the judgeship of the 16th Judicial Circuit Court.
The Virginia General Assembly announced the selection late Monday, appointing Whitlock, of Louisa, presiding circuit court judge for the 16th, which encompasses the city of Charlottesville, and the counties of Goochland, Albemarle, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Madison, Orange, Greene and Louisa. The position is an eight-year term.
Whitlock fills the vacancy left by former Circuit Judge Jack Berry, of Madison, who resigned in January to return to private practice.
After serving as commonwealth’s attorney in Louisa in the 1990s, Whitlock served in the 16th District juvenile and domestic relations judgeship.
In related news, Assistant Orange County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Moore was elected Monday to replace Whitlock as J&DR judge for the 16th District.
One case Whitlock heard in her time as a J&DR judge was the 2008 Interstate 64 sniper incident involving two teen males shooting at motorists on the interstate between Charlottesville and Waynesboro.
In that case, Whitlock sentenced the 16-year-old to an indeterminate stay at a state juvenile facility, allowing the state, if it chose, to hold him until he was 21.
Whitlock, according to media reports of the case, said the charges against the juvenile were too numerous and too violent for a sentence involving 180 days in an intensive rehab program, as the defense wanted.
In 2010, Whitlock also heard a case in Greene County JD&R Court involving a juvenile’s involvement in an arson that destroyed Ruckersville Baptist Church. She called it one of the most serious offenses other than murder and malicious wounding to come before that court.