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Dallas County Court of Criminal Appeals 2

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    Pamela Luther (Dem) Attorney and Former Prosecutor

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PERFORMANCE & EXPERTISE: Please outline your legal experience, including any specializations and peer review status. Describe any public reprimands or suspensions you have received.

EFFICIENCY: What methods do you support, if any, to increase the efficiency of the County Court of Criminal Appeals to provide swift justice?

ACCESS TO JUSTICE: What, if anything, should be done to improve access to justice for low income residents in criminal cases?

OTHER ISSUES: What other issues do you believe will be most pressing in the County Court of Criminal Appeals and how would you address them?

Age 57
Education Bryan Adams High School B.S. -University of Texas at Austin Southern Methodist University Law School
Campaign Phone (469) 569-2917
I'm a former prosecutor for the Dallas County District Attorney's Office and a former attorney for the Public Defender's Office for Dallas County. I've been in private practice, criminal defense, for the past 4 years.

My entire career has been devoted to criminal work. I not only understand the inner workings of court procedure, but I have researched and argued constitutional issues for both the government and the defense.

I have tried countless cases to verdict before juries and before the court. I have also successfully raised and argued motions regarding admissibility of evidence at trial.

I have had no suspensions or reprimands of any kind.

Primarily, my background experience and the knowledge of how the District Attorney's Office, Public Defender's Office and private practitioners operate helps immensely in knowing how to move a court efficiently. It's not only court rulings that affect the fairness of outcomes, but simple procedural rules have a ripple effect on victims, law enforcement and defendants. Dallas County is known for having a very slow moving docket. I would like to implement more pretrial hearings in my court that would require the presence of the attorneys, but without the witnesses, in order to handle pretrial matters and have the parties announce if they are ready to proceed to trial. I have no doubt this will increase the number of cases moved by trial.
Cooperation and participation with the Public Defender’s Office is extremely important. Specialty courts in Dallas County exist for mental health (CCC #3), Veteran’s (CDC #4) and prostitution (CCC #9), which are extremely appropriate and highly effective programs for certain misdemeanor defendants. My court, Dallas County Court of Criminal Appeals #2 is the only court that continues to allow defendants to perform workdays instead of incarceration. Other procedures that Judges can ensure are adequate and available translators in the courtroom and clear, concise admonishments to defendants when they are pleading to cases to help ensure they understand the consequences to their record and/or their immigration status.
I would encourage cooperation between the state and the defense to creative plea deals catered to the individual’s needs (mental health, immigration status, substance abuse, etc.) rather than jail.

My court, Dallas County Court of Criminal Appeals #2 is the only court that continues to allow defendants to perform workdays instead of incarceration. This program is valuable, but needs updating. For instance, the forms for this program in Dallas County have outdated information that is not corrected until AFTER a defendant has been admitted, sometimes making it impossible for him/her to complete the unexpected conditions. Some of the important information on these forms have been incorrect for over 10 years.
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