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Justice, 4th Court of Appeals, Place 4

6-year term. Must be age 35-74 years, a U.S. Citizen, a Texas resident, licensed to practice law in Texas, a registered voter, and have at least 10 years experience as a lawyer or judge. Hears appeals on civil and criminal cases from lower courts in its district.Período de 6 años. Debe tener una edad de 35-74 años, ser ciudadano estadounidense, residente de Texas, con licencia para practicar leyes en Texas, ser un votante registrado y tener por lo menos 10 años de experiencia como abogado o juez. Escucha apelaciones en casos civiles y penales de tribunales de primera instancia en su distrito.
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    Patrick Ballantyne (Rep) Criminal Prosecutor

  • Luz Elena Chapa (Dem)

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

Access to Justice: What recent developments, such as improved DNA testing, provide opportunities to improve the state's indigent defense system in civil and criminal cases appealed from district and county courts?

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Campaign Phone (210) 920-4585
Twitter @spballantyne
Education Loyola University New Orleans (B.A.) & Baylor Law School (J.D.)
I have prosecuted hundreds of jury trials and appeals. I am Chief of the D.A.'s Conviction Integrity Unit, Lead Prosecutorial Ethics Trainer, and Board Certified in Criminal Law. This experience means I know injustice when I see it.
The most positive recent developments in our justice system are: (1) a greater public awareness of criminal justice issues, (2) increased prosecutor ethics training, and (3) attorneys doing some outstanding pro bono work for indigent clients. Running a Conviction Integrity Unit, I see these efforts making our entire justice system more effective, reliable, and fair.
Restoring the independence and impartiality of our judiciary. The job of an appellate jurist is recognizing injustice and setting things right, not favoring campaign donors. As a criminal prosecutor, I am not beholden to the special interests that threaten the independence of our judiciary. I strongly public service is a calling, not a business venture.
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