Recently, we sent out 10 questions to the DA candidates. I will go back and analyze some of the answers soon.
Unfortunately, my blog platform is having problems, and I am not able to edit these post very well right now. As soon as it’s back up, I’ll add more. Below is the first article by the Collin County Observer publishing those answers. —
The Collin County Observer, in a collaboration with the Frisco DWI Lawyer’s Blog recently sent all four District Attorney candidates a 10 question form designed to give the voters an insight both into the plans each candidate has for operating the DAs office and their approach to criminal justice.
The Collin County District Attorney is responsible for prosecution of all criminal cases in the county. The DA runs a large operation, divided into ten divisions. These divisions are: Intake/Grand Jury, Misdemeanor Trial, Felony Trial, Family Justice (crimes against children section, domestic violence section), Special Crimes, Appellate, Hot Checks, Investigations, Operations and Victim/Witness Assistance. The DA also may represent the County in civil cases.
The DA’s office has 116 employees and its 2010 budget is $10,775,827.
The questionnaire contained 10 questions. The first 5 involved the organization and operation of the department:
The next question addressed the recent attempt by DA John Roach to arm a “Rapid Response Team” with automatic weapons and riot gear:
And the last 4 questions with policies affecting the administration of justice:
As of the deadline at midnight on Sunday 3 of the candidates had returned their completed questionnaires:
The questions are specific and so the responses are long. The Observer offers this in-depth look at each of these candidates in the hope that the discerning voter will gain valuable insight into the plans and philosophy of each of these well qualified candidates.
The Observer thanks each of these gentlemen for taking the time to submit thoughtful answers to our questions. Our readers can look forward to further analysis and discussion of these issues in both The Collin County Observer and the Frisco DWI Lawyer’s Blog.