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Criminal District Attorney

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    Albert John Roberts

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    Sharen Wilson

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What uniquely qualifies you for the position of Criminal District Attorney? (250 characters)

What do you see as the primary role of the District Attorney? (375 characters)

What are the biggest challenges facing the District Attorney's office for the next four years? (375 characters)

What do you believe the goal of the criminal justice system should be? (375 characters)

Phone (817) 653-7115
Website www.albertjohnroberts.com
Occupation Private Practice - Criminal Defense Attorney
Education Fort Worth Dunbar High School. Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University. Juris Doctorate from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University.
Experience Prosecutor in Dallas County DA's Office: Awarded Dallas Prosecutor of the Year in 2011. Prosecutor in Felony Family Violence Division. Prosecutor in Tarrant County DA's Office. Partner at Scott & Roberts Law Firm, PLLC focused on Criminal Defense
Twitter @ARobertsforDA
I have tried over 100 jury trials, and I have spent the vast majority of my legal career serving the public at the District Attorney's Office. Criminal justice reform policies must be implemented by the chief law enforcement officer to be effective.
"A prosecutor is the representative not of an ordinary party to a controversy, but of a sovereignty whose obligation to govern impartially is as compelling as its obligation to govern at all; and whose interest, therefore, in a criminal prosecution is not that it shall win a case, but that justice shall be done." Excerpt from Berger v. U.S., 295 US 78 (1935)
The District Attorney's Office is the most important branch of law enforcement because it has the ability to establish trust and accountability between taxpayers, victims of crime, the accused, police departments and other law enforcement agencies. The trust needed to be effective has been lost and needs to be restored. Fairness to the poor community is needed.
The criminal justice system must help provide necessary safety to the entire community while making sure proper accountability measures are in place for all individuals involved. At times the system must punish, rehabilitate and deter those convicted of committing crimes. Too often minor criminal offenses prevent future education and job opportunities due to convictions.
Website www.sharenwilson.com
Occupation Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney
Education Texas Tech University Texas Tech University School of Law
Experience Once known as “the toughest Judge in Tarrant County,” Sharen sentenced many of the most dangerous criminals in North Texas. As our DA, she has built upon her excellent reputation.
I believe my professional experience has earned me a unique perspective as Tarrant County’s Criminal District Attorney. I started my career as a criminal prosecutor and served as a state district judge for more than 20 years.
This office represents the people of the State of Texas and Tarrant County.  We are the voice of crime victims and are here to seek fair, accountable, transparent justice on their behalf.
The exponential growth of our county creates many challenges. An increase in population leads to more criminal cases being filed. This creates a higher volume of work for our attorneys and investigators, the court system and law enforcement. More cases also mean more evidence that must be reviewed and provided to the defense for their review in each case.
We have the greatest criminal justice system in the world, where every man and woman has the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. The right to legal representation. The right to a jury of their peers. The goal of our justice system should be to provide equal justice to all, protecting victims and holding criminals accountable for their actions.