Fort Wayne attorney to be magistrate in Allen Superior Court

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Fort Wayne attorney David M. Zent has been named a magistrate judge in the Allen Superior Court Criminal Division. His first day on the bench is expected to be June 1.

Zent, 39, currently works at Leonard Hammond Thoma & Terrill. He also serves as a deputy Allen County public defender and represents indigent clients in federal court. The choice of Zent was unanimous, according to a release from the court. Seven people were interviewed for the position.

“David brings to the court an immense portfolio of skills and experiences, including approximately 100 occasions in which he has already served on the bench in this division,” said Judge Frances C. Gull, administrative judge of the Criminal Division. “He is qualified to serve and ready to contribute to the effective delivery of justice in our community.”

Zent will serve as a magistrate in the misdemeanor and traffic division. He previously has served as a judge pro tem in that division.

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