Born and raised in San Antonio, B.A. in Political Science from St. Mary’s Univ., Law Degree from St. Mary’s Law School, 30 years of practice both as a prosecutor and defense attorney, and served as magistrate Judge for the City of San Antonio for 7 years.
I believe that more must be done to ensure that those accused of crimes, especially, violent offenses are appointed competent counsel. I would suggest a better system of vetting competent counsel and providing compensation commensurate with their experience. Likewise, we must remove the incentive for a jail mate to accept a plea bargain, even though they may be innocent, simply because they do not want to sit in jail awaiting their trial date.
As the next District Attorney of Bexar County, I pledge that the race or ethnicity of an accused will not be a factor in determining whether a case should or should not be prosecuted. Furthermore, the race of the victim will also not be a factor. I will hire experienced prosecutors and train new ones, to use the facts of the case to determine whether a case has merit or not.
First and foremost, my duty as District Attorney will be to keep all the citizens of Bexar County safe. While I believe it is only in very rare instances that I would choose to pursue the Death Penalty, I will reserve the right to use it. Life without parole is an option that I would give great consideration, and it is a viable and less expensive option for keeping violent criminals off our streets. I support efforts for justice reform including adopting a cite and release program.
Licensed 28 yrs,
UT Law grad,
9 years experience as a B.C. prosecutor,
Top level Felony Prosecutor,
lead trial team in white collar and public integrity unit,
lead felony district court trial team,
tried over 150 jury trials as a prosecutor,
Board certified in criminal law,
has a state, juvenile, and federal practice, appointed special prosecutor.
Tylden Shaeffer for DA
The Criminal Justice System cannot function without plea-bargaining. It is not possible to take every case to trial. We need to ensure a better review of cases before filing them. I would do that by using a true vertical prosecution team concept again. This means the same team that files a case is the one that tries the case in court. This leads to better decisions and higher accountability--and in the end, more fairness and justice for all concerned.
As a prosecutor I did and as DA I will decide each case based on the merits without regard to race. Racial profiling is wrong and will not be tolerated by my administration. The DA has a duty to serve and protect everyone in the community equally. My administration will not ignore racial bias but rather confront it if/when it occurs as well as work proactively to prevent it. The DA must set the tone for integrity and character in the community.
I support the death penalty as a necessary tool for the DA to use in appropriate cases. It is never sought capriciously or without much careful review and thought. But it is something that as DA I will consider when warranted. Having participated in two capital death cases as a prosecutor, I understand the gravity and seriousness of seeking it. My office will not make such a decision lightly; but likewise, given my actual experience with it, I have the resolve to seek it.