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Hill Letter to Jasso on Judges

Hill Letter to Jasso on Judges

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Published by: The Dallas Morning News on Sep 14, 2012
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Memorandum
CITYOFDALLAS
Date
14September2012
To
TheHonorableDeliaJasso,Co-Chair AdHocJudicialNominatingCommittee
Subject
MunicipalCourtJudiciaryIamwritingtoexpressmysincerestappreciationforyourstrongleadershipandextraordinary courageinnominatingtwo(2)additionalpersons,CherylWilliamsandTimoteoGonzalez,to serveasfull-timeJudges.AsaretiredCity
of
DallasMunicipalJudge,andacurrentlyactivelypracticingmember
of
thecriminaldefensebar,Ifullyagreewithyourrecommendations.Pleasepermitmeto articulatethereasonsformyagreement.JudgesWilliamsandGonzalezarelong-termCity
of
DallasMunicipalJudges,withwhomI havehadtheprivilegeofserving.Additionally,eachofthemhasprovidednotableservice, notonlytotheMunicipalCourt,butalsototheCityasawhole.Ibelievethatbothofthose factors,andothers,wereconsideredwhenJudgesWilliamsandGonzalezwereevaluatedby theJudicialNominatingCommission["JNC"]andrecommendedforreappointmentbythat body.TheJNCisappointedbytheCityCounciltomakerecommendations
of
candidatesforMunicipalJudges.Thebodyiscomprised
of
highlyrespectedcitizens
of
Dallas
--
themajority
of
whomareofficers
of
theCourt
--
whoareappointedfortheirknowledgeofthe courtsystemasawholeandtheirabilitytofairlyandreasonablyevaluatecandidateswithout anypoliticalconsiderationsassociatedwiththeelectionprocess. TheJNChasbeeninexistenceovertwenty(20)years.Thebodyusesamerit-basedstandard toevaluatecandidates.Thesamecriteriaisappliedtoeverycandidate.Thecriteriaincludes five(5)categories: I)knowledge
of
thelaw;2)
jud
icialtemperament;3)experience,eitherjudicialorlegal; 4)evaluations
[of
incumbentJudges,whetherfullorpart-time];and, 5)candidates'viewsforimprovingtheMunicipalCourtsystem.

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