CANDIDATE FORUM: County Court-at-Law, No. 1 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

CANDIDATE FORUM: County Court-at-Law, No. 1

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KCBD NewsChannel 11 and the League of Women Voters are teaming up to bring you a series of candidate forums in advance of Lubbock's May elections.

On Wednesday, May 9, Scott Morris and Mark Hocker were in our studio to answer questions from viewers and from the Lubbock League of Women voters.

Information provided by the Lubbock League of Women Voters.

Mark Hocker

Party: Republican

Web Site: www.JudgeMarkHocker.com

Education: Texas Tech University School of Law - Juris Doctorate 1998;

Texas A&M University College of Architecture - Bachelors of Environmental Design 1995

Questions:

Q: Describe the training and experience that qualify you for this office.

A: Military service instilled discipline. Working 4 years before college taught respect for all. Law school gave me the law. But conducting 200+ criminal trials, handling 100's of civil cases state-wide, and being Judge since Dec. has prepared me best.

Q: Explain the role of the judge in ensuring that justice is both speedy and fair.

A: Fair justice requires competent & impartial judges who respect the Constitution and law as written. To ensure fair justice is timely rendered, the judge must control the docket and hold the lawyer's feet to the fire with meaningful settings and trials, all while treating the lawyers, parties, victims and witnesses with the respect and dignity every human life deserves.

Q: How do you maintain impartiality given the necessity of raising funds for a political campaign?

A: As a judge I am required to participate in the judicial selection process set out by our Constitution and legislature. Unfortunately, it requires a lot of money to run a campaign. But no amount of money can make me violate my principles and beliefs. A donation to my campaign is a vote of confidence in me and the fair, impartial, strong, & conservative justice I stand for.

Scott Morris

Party: Republican

Web Site: www.scottmorrisforjudge.com

Education: Texas Tech School of Law, J.D. - 1993, Abilene Christian University, B.B.A. - Finance and Accounting - 1990

Questions:

Q: Describe the training and experience that qualify you for this office.

A: I have been practicing law for more than 18 years and have worked both sides of our Criminal Justice system. I have prosecuted thousands of criminal cases and demonstrated the ability to successfully handle complicated legal issues as Chief of Crimes Against Persons in Lubbock County Criminal District Attorney's Office.

Q: Explain the role of the judge in ensuring that justice is both speedy and fair.

A: The judge is solely responsible for the administration of the court and is obligated to make sure the pursuit of justice is fair and efficient. A fair and efficient system allows the judge to focus his efforts on the most important issue of effective case dispositions that reduce crime and have a positive effect on the community while reducing costs at the same time.

Q: How do you maintain impartiality given the necessity of raising funds for a political campaign?

A: Impartiality is a matter of integrity. A judge must commit to doing the right things for the right reasons all the time. The people who contribute to my campaign do so because they know that I am a man of integrity, that I will treat all parties with respect, that I will always be fair and impartial and that I will always follow the law, including recusal when necessary.

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