Josh James sworn in as new Assistant State Attorney

Josh James, who joined the 14th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office in August assisting with misdemeanor cases, is formally the office’s newest prosecutor after being sworn in Sept. 29.

State Attorney Larry Basford made the announcement that James, a recent graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., will handle misdemeanor cases in Bay County under Assistant State Attorney Nichole Pieper, Misdemeanor Supervisor.

James served as Head Intern at the Rutherford County District Attorney’s Office in Tennessee while finishing college, supervising interns and representing the state in routine hearings as well as helping prosecutors prepare for trial.

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Through that experience, James said, he “developed a passion for protecting the innocent and ensuring that justice is done.”

Prior to attending Belmont, James earned his B.A. in International Studies at the University of Arizona.

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