My life experience and my knowledge of the law are what give me the confidence to weigh the evidence I have before me and to make the right decisions that must be made. Not only have I helped many defendants and victims, but I have had the vision that God has given me to give 3 life sentences.
20 Years Criminal Defense Attorney:
Elected 2 Terms to the 203rd Judicial District Court: (8 Years)
As Judge & Attorney has tried to verdict Capital Murders and all other types of felony cases:
Written Briefs for Criminal Case Appeals:
Judge for 5 years of the Specialty Mental Health Court (known as ATLAS; Achieving True Liberty & Success):
Volunteer Speaker at Many Schools within Dallas county:
Public Speaker as to Legal Issues:
Past & Present participation in Legal Organizations:
I have supported in many ways the LGBT community:
If defendants are indigent I give time served on court costs and fines:
I discharge defendants early from probation if they are doing well:
I help defendants get jobs:
I allow defendants to see me any time if they have any questions or if they need help with personal problems:
I was endorsed by the Teamsters Union, the AFL-CIO, and many attorneys:
I have been endorsed by the Committee for a Qualified Judiciary:
I protect Dallas Citizens by being tough on crime and incarcerating the most violent offenders:
I read every police report: I am respected by both sides of the bar:
I give chances on probation when defendants have technical violations or in some cases if they pick up misdemeanors:
one endorsement that I am very proud of is Mr. Christopher Scott, first Texas exoneree, he researched my work on the bench and knows that I have the reputation to help clean up the prison system:
I have been involved in Bail Reform and I work hard to see that prison is the last resort so that defendants can be integrated back into society to become productive citizens. I am a former High School English Teacher and a High School Girls’ Head Coach. I have a BS; MS & Law Degree.
My life experiences and my knowledge of the law are what give me the confidence to weigh the evidence I have before me, and to make the right decisions that must be made. Not only have I helped many defendants and victims, but I have had the vision that God has given me to give 3 life sentences.
As a public servant, I know that it is my responsibility to answer any questions of concern you may deem important.
I believe that all of the judicial duties that I have successfully fulfilled as your elected Judge of the 203rd Judicial District Court hopefully have not been outweighed by what a few people do sincerely deem as inappropriate.
Thank you for your continued support!
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