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Comment from: Philip W. Moore, Jr. [Visitor] Email
No offense to the other candidates, but Ms. Johnson has my vote. She's the most qualified.
12/25/11 @ 09:53
Comment from: Lawned [Visitor]
Jody is the ONLY qualified candidate running for this bench. Keep the politics out of this race and please choose the best candidate.
12/25/11 @ 11:08
Comment from: Acca [Visitor]
I have known and practiced around Jody for years. Her legal knowledge and ethical standards are not surpassed by anyone running for this bench. No offense to other candidates, and I appreciate anyone willing to face the mauling of a political contest, but without experience in private practice, a judge is just too out of touch. And trying to cast a probate attorney as a district court judge is not credible.

This is not a game. We need an experienced adult on the bench. Jody has my support.
12/26/11 @ 23:45
Comment from: COLLIN COUNTY ATTORNEY [Visitor] Email
Jody is the best candidate running for ANY of the district court benches this election season. If you look at her qualifications, line by line, none of the other candidates can even come close. This difference is experience and a wide range of experience. We also need someone who has the qualities to restore ethics and integrity to the Collin County Courts and with Jody's experience reviewing and deciding grievance complaints against attorneys - she is the obvious answer.

The other candidates need to practice longer, engage in other areas of the law, and submit themselves to Martindale Hubble peer reviews and then they are ready.

Getting tired of inexperienced one note attorneys thinking they need to be a judge around here. Jody is a refreshing change.
12/27/11 @ 08:34
Comment from: texann [Visitor] Email
Collin County Attorney makes a good point. Most of our "one note" judges all sang the same tune prior to becoming judges: they were prosecutors. They never even ran their own office or considered the law from a different point of view.
12/29/11 @ 05:34
Comment from: Visitor [Visitor] Email
I generally try to stay out of these things but I was thrilled to learn that Jody was running. She is an exceptional lawyer and one of those rare individuals donating her time to make the legal system more responsive to the needs of the client. She understands that these litigants are human beings and we are dealing with real lives. As a family law attorney, that's the kind of person I want on the bench.
12/30/11 @ 00:02
Comment from: Bob Hultkrantz [Visitor] Email
I am glad to see Jody having the support of, it seems, the family law section of the Bar. It's hard to know where her support comes from since only one person is brave enough to use their own name.

I have concerns about her ability to hear and decide criminal cases. I practice family law and criminal law. Not legislating from the bench is a "nice" safe position and the position ALL candiates take. There is no opportunity to legislate anything at this level - just make decisions that serve justice.

I support Ben Smith - he is a prosecutor but he has always been fair, kind and decent. He will be that way in family law cases as he has been as a prosecutor.
12/30/11 @ 20:02
Comment from: John Pfister [Visitor] Email · http://Www.friscolawfirm.com
I am also glad to hear that Jody is running. I have known her for many years and will say that Collin County would be lucky to have someone of her legal skills be a judge. She is Board Certified in her field, AV rated and been selected as. "Super Lawyer". She also has the moral compass and legal reasoning that we need on the bench in Collin County. This why I am supporting Jody.
12/31/11 @ 18:12
Comment from: LawNerd [Visitor]
Bob H's comparisons of Jody's background to Smith's is nothing short of insulting. Guy hasn't even practiced 10 yrs and has no experience in over 60% of the court's docket. Come back in 10-15 yrs and get some more experience. Heck if Bob knows so much, why doesn't he run? There's still time...
12/31/11 @ 21:47
Comment from: Bob Hultkrantz [Visitor] Email
@LawNerd - I'm afraid my political affiliation would not fit well with the closed-door policy of elections in Collin County.
01/02/12 @ 15:13
Comment from: Just Some Info [Visitor] Email
http://www.courts.state.tx.us/courts/district.asp

"The district courts are the trial courts of general jurisdiction of Texas.The geographical area served by each court is established by the Legislature, but each county must be served by at least one district court. In sparsely populated areas of the State, several counties may be served by a single district court, while an urban county may be served by many district courts.

District courts have original jurisdiction in all felony criminal cases, divorce cases, cases involving title to land, election contest cases, civil matters in which the amount in controversy (the amount of money or damages involved) is $200 or more, and any matters in which jurisdiction is not placed in another trial court. While most district courts try both criminal and civil cases, in the more densely populated counties the courts may specialize in civil, criminal, juvenile, or family law matters."


Being that Collin County has 780,000+ citizens, our District Courts may be specific jurisdiction courts. In short, if a District Court in Collin County has 60% of its docket comprised of divorces (i.e. Family Law) it is because the Judge chooses so. Most of those cases will settle outside the courtroom and be sent to the Auxillary Courtroom where a visiting Judge will handle the matter.

Collin County has 9 District Courts. Only 7 of those courts hear adult criminal cases. 1 District Court only hears juvenile matters. 1 court hears only civil/family law cases.

There is an average inmate population of 1,000+ inmates in the Collin County Jail. Some inmates wait up to 2 years to have their case heard before a jury in a District Court. The cost to taxpayers to house those inmates is +20 million dollars annually.
01/02/12 @ 16:44
Comment from: COLLIN COUNTY ATTORNEY [Visitor] Email
About 60% of all cases filed in the District Clerk's office are Family Law cases. Cases filed in the District Clerk's office are assigned to the District Courts. So, the assertion by "Just some Info" that suggests that judges get to pick their cases is not correct. The district courts probably have more than 60% family law cases because one court cannot hear criminal cases because of a conflict of interest, etc. Just ask a District Court Judge about their family law case load.

I agree with the information regarding case backlog. Collin County needs more courts. Everyone belives they need more courts except the Commissioner's Court.
01/03/12 @ 18:24
Comment from: Just Some More Accurate Info [Visitor] Email
Go to the Office of Court Administration's website and run a report for District Court activity by County for 2011

http://card.txcourts.gov/ReportSelection.aspx

Last year 808 Juvi cases added (all go to Wheless), 3979 Criminal added (spread out btwn all judges except Willis), 5012 Civil cases added & 8173 Family cases added.

Look at who is really qualified for this bench and pay attention to the real issues (BTW, Green supporters should note that NO Probate cases are filed in the Dist. Cts. as all are filed in Probate Court).
01/04/12 @ 09:00
Comment from: Texas Bob [Visitor] Email
Jody Johnson is by far the best candidate in this race. She's got a breadth of experience neither of those other two can come close to. Harvey Jarvis looks like he's running for some job in the Army, not to mention the hokey "three R's," which seems like something he ripped off from Herman Cain. He doesn't have much experience, either. Benjamin Smith can't figure out even where he works, claims people support him who don't, doesn't have near the experience to be a judge, and was the little buddy of that nut, Chris Milner. What a disaster both of them would be. Harvey needs to re-enlist in the Army, and Benjamin needs to work in a real job for a while.
01/30/12 @ 21:11
Comment from: Michael Biggs [Visitor] Email
I think Jim Mosser is certainly the qualified person running for the 380th. His experience in front of the US and Texas supreme courts cannot be over looked.
02/03/12 @ 18:20
Comment from: Texas Bob [Visitor] Email
Jim Mosser? No criminal experience and no family experience. Maybe he's qualified for the other 10% of what a district court judge does, but he's had relatively few cases in Collin County. Seems to have come to the legal profession late in life. He's only been licensed since 1994. No thanks.
02/04/12 @ 23:33

Collin County Texas VOTERS! Interesting article and VERY interesting comments from other readers! Be informed before you vote; make your vote matter. BTW - No Probate Cases are heard in the District Courts. Aside from other IMPORTANT reasons NOT TO VOTE FOR TERRI GREEN, 100% of Green's "real experience" (sic) is in probate court, under, so to speak, Judge Weldon Copeland, making her qualifications "lite" at best. Do voters actually care that Green was involved in TEEN COURT? It's like including, on your resume, the jobs from high school, or a degree you might get, from a college where you took a few classes...not REAL qualifications. I suspect Green can garner the "sorority girl" vote from the truly uninspired.
02/05/12 @ 10:21
Comment from: Seriously [Visitor]
Jim Mosser the Dallas guy who represents towing companies? Yes, if you want loud, belligerent, arrogant, obstructive, blow hard - vote for Jim.
02/07/12 @ 08:40
Comment from: Nan [Visitor] Email
Do you think that some people won't leave their name when commenting about Green because they know
she holds grudges if she doesn't get her way. Green lacks the experience to fill this position and will never bring the respect needed for the courtroom. Go Jody! You've got it all.
04/25/12 @ 14:03

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