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Judge, County Court-at-Law No. 1

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    Ruth Reyes
    (Dem)

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Biographical Information

What training, experience and characteristics qualify you for this position?

What do you see as the most critical administration of justice issue facing the courts? How would you address this issue?

What method of selecting judges do you feel best ensures an independent judiciary?

How would you select attorneys to represent indigent defendants in your court? Please discuss selecting attorneys from the Public Defenders Office vs the selection of private attorneys.

Campaign Phone (915) 274-6778
Twitter @ruthforjudge1
Education/Degrees * Bachelor's in Business Administration for the University of Texas - 1990 *Master's in Business Administration from Webster University - 1997 *Juris Doctor from St. Mary's University 1999 *Licensed by the State Bar of Texas 2000 *Licensed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas - 2006 *I have been in good standing with the both the State and Federal Bar and have never been reprimanded or sanctioned by either.
Professional Experience *Assistant City Attorney - Handled transactional civil issues and advised the Mayor and Council on mostly financial matters. *Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas - handled thousands of child support cases by administrative and court hearings. *Practiced law 17 years and have been in private practice for over 13 years I have practiced in front of the court for which I am running for over 13 years and have handled thousands of cases on contested and uncontested matters in criminal, family and civil cases. I have represented criminal clients in both in the adult and juvenile system in issues ranging from Class C Misdemeanors to First Degree Felonies. I have practiced in before most courts in El Paso, from municipal, justice of the peace, county, state and federal courts.
Community Involvement Current member of the El Paso Women's Bar Association, El Paso Bar Association, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Mexican- American Bar Association, Board of the El Paso Family Bar Association, Board of El Paso Family Services, Board of Cancer and Chronic Disease Consortium, Paso del Norte Tejano Democrats, Eastside Democrats, El Paso Westside Democrats, Northeast Democrats, Black El Paso Democrats, Former Board Member El Paso Animal Shelter Advisory Board
I have been in practice 17 years, handled thousands of cases and have tried cases before the jury in criminal, family and civil matters ranging from Class C Misdemeanors to First Degree Felonies. I have proven to be experienced, qualified, fair, compassionate, and follow and respect the law.
I believe the most critical issue facing the courts is that of wrongful convictions either because of official misconduct, false confessions, guilty pleas, flawed forensic evidence, faulty eyewitness identification or because no crime was actually committed. If elected, I will address any and all misconduct by law enforcement officials, prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers and take appropriate action if aware of such behavior.
I believe electing judges is the best method of ensuring independence in the judiciary because voters can hold the elected officials accountable for their misconduct.
I would select attorneys through the current wheel system used by the courts and select by this random process. I believe the Public Defenders should be selected first and if the office is unable to handle the caseload, the percentage of those cases should be equally and fairly distributed to the private attorneys.