District Judge, 364th Judicial District
Primary Election - Tuesday, March 6, 2018(Early Voting: Tuesday, February 20-Friday, March 2, 2018)District Court Judges serve 4-year terms.
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Billy Eichman (Rep)
District Court, 364th Court
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: Describe the training and experience that qualify you for this office. (325 characters, approx. 50 words)
SPEEDY AND FAIR JUSTICE: In your experience, what factors should expedite or might impede speedy and fair justice for persons appearing in your court? (450 characters, approx. 75 words)
PLEA BARGAINS: Does the increasing role of plea bargains ensure justice for the accused and the state? (450 characters, approx. 75 words)
IMPARTIALITY: How do you maintain impartiality given the necessity of raising funds for a political campaign? (450 characters, approx. 75 words)
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Sioux Falls College, B.A.
Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D. 1994
I practiced law in Lubbock County for 20 years. I tried approximately 100 jury trials as a trial lawyer in private practice and in public service. I am finishing my first term as Judge of the 364th District Court. I have presided over numerous jury trials in the past three years, including three murder trials in 2017.
I preside over felony criminal cases and family law cases. There are numerous factors in criminal cases that could impede a speedy trial, such as unfinished scientific testing and questions concerning the competency of the Defendant. Nevertheless, persons accused of a crime have a constitutional right to a speedy trial. I have granted numerous motions for speedy trials. I also have an excellent court coordinator who promptly sets hearings.
Plea bargains are essential due to the number of criminal cases indicted. In 2017, 1090 criminal cases were indicted and filed in the 364th District Court. A plea bargain usually ensures a conviction where a conviction is warranted. Plea bargains can also protect sources, witnesses and victims. However, some cases need to be tried to a jury and should not be plea bargained.
I do not have an opponent in this election. Therefore, I have not solicited any political contributions during this election cycle.
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