I have been practicing law for 21 years in Bexar and surrounding counties. I practice criminal, CPS docket and some Personal Injury.
Yolanda Huff Campaign
The job of a Judge is a full time position. I believe judges need to be on the job by 9:00am when the docket is scheduled to be called and stay at work until 5:00pm when the majority of the court staffers leave work.
I believe education is power. If defendant's had a future to look forward to, they are less likely to mess that future up. I believe education not incarceration is the key. Incarceration will never get someone off drugs and it will surly make all future endeavors harder to attain.
Yes, I believe judicial races should be non-partisan because as a judge you preside over all and politics should have no part in rendering law.
Judge of County Court 12 for 8 years. Assistant District Attorney for 12 years. Practicing attorney for 29 years.
I have made my court much more efficient over the last eight years. I have worked very hard and I have surrounded myself with an excellent team and we have reduced the docket by half!. When I took over County Court 12 on January 1, 2011 we had 3,773 pending cases and of those we had 2360 active cases. At the end of July 2018 we had 2,592 pending cases and 1,260 active cases. I have reduced the pending cases by 1,181 cases and I have reduced the active cases by 1,100 cases.
Reducing recidivism is one of my top priorities. I am very proud of the work we have done with the Bexar County Misdemeanor Mental Health Court which I preside over. Our documented recidivism rate is between 3 and 5% much lower than the usual recidivism rates that run on average from 25 to 40%. It is an intensive program that connects criminal defendants with mental illness with treatment providers, counselors, and other resources and brings stability and structure to their lives!
Judicial races should be non-partisan especially trial level courts such as my court. There really is no Republican or Democratic way to preside over a criminal jury trial or monitor a defendant while they are on probation. The decisions made in County Court are not policy decisions but they administrative. I administer justice by following the law as written by the legislature while treating all of the participants in the criminal justice system with dignity and respect.