Monday Night Politics: The battle of the gavel

Diane Xavier | 2/17/2014, 10:16 a.m.
On Feb. 3, Monday Night Politics – Meet the Candidates featured the battle of the gavel as several candidates were ...
Candidates for Judge 265 of the Judicial District, Jennifer Bennett, William R. Barr and Anthony Eiland discuss their platform and answer questions from the audience during The Dallas Examiner’s Monday Night Politics – Meet the Candidates forum on Feb. 3 at the African American Museum at Fair Park. 411 Reality Radio

Up next, Justin Lord, a candidate for Judge 283 spoke, along with incumbent Rick Magnus.

“I am an assistant district attorney here in Dallas County and that is what I have been doing my entire legal career,” Lord said. “I am a product of public schools all the way from elementary up to college. Public service is something I care about personally and I care about deeply. For twelve years all I have done is serve citizens of Dallas County. I think public service is something that is a moral obligation and duty to the people to see that they are served and the seed of justice is done. As a prosecutor, I have one mission and that is to see that justice is done in every single case I have handled. Sometimes that means helping people with drug, alcohol or mental health problems. I want to bring what I believe in public service to the bench. I believe that a public servant owes it duties to the public. A judge is not an entitlement job, they have to earn it.”

Judge Magnus spoke about why he should be re-elected.

“I was elected in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010 and both times I ran against Republicans and both times I won,” Magnus said. “I’m a husband and father and have been a judge for seven years. I have been an attorney for 30 years. I have handled more cases than any other felony court. I have worked on several programs since being elected judge of the 283rd Court.”

Programs that Magnus has worked on include creating more supervision for domestic violence offenders to also making sure that new attorney appointment procedures and policies to court appointments are more fair and open.

The next forum featured the seat for Judge 291 where opponents Stephanie Mitchell and Susan Anderson competed for the spot.

Anderson started the conversation by thanking The Dallas Examiner for hosting the forum and called it very educational.

“It’s nice to have an educated electorate out there,” Anderson said. “It makes our job a lot easier when we get out there. I would like for you to put me on the bench. If elected, I bring 20 years of criminal law experience with me which includes six years of private practice and I was a public defender of Dallas County for 12 years, of which nine of those years I spent exclusively in a felony court. In fact, I was a felony supervisor for three years and my job was to oversee six attorneys in four courts. So I have management experience. During my time as an attorney I have tried at least 250 cases. I am board certified in criminal law. I am running for the bench because I think we need to be smart on justice. I think that we need to take a step back and find out why people are committing the offenses that they are committing. If they need help, get them help. I think judges should punish those who need to be punished and rehabilitate those who need to be rehabilitated.”