Candidate Answer #9 Ethics

All discovered or observed corruption, and any form of unethical conduct must be reported to an established Ethics Commission. This reporting should be mandated of all elected officials, with a mandatory in-briefing and the elected official acknowledging they have thus been specifically briefed.
Failure to attend and sign off on this briefing of procedure and voter expectation must also be a reportable and punishable ethical violation.
Officials who are shown to have had knowledge of violations of ethical misbehavior and did not report them to the required committee within a set 48-72 hours should be reprimanded formally. Their unethical acquiesce or complicity must be voted on by the full committee with a recorded by-name vote and made part of the open, online, immediate access public record.


Question #2 The Nature of Law

During Texas 84th legislative session State Representative Mark Keough introduced HB 3184 a bill seeking to import the civil law process of mediation into criminal law. The law applied to some first time misdemeanor and felony offenders. The bill passed though the legislative process but failed to become law on veto by Governor Greg Abbott who stated “Making amends with the victim of a crime does not absolve the criminal of his legal debt to the State.”

Do you agree with the Governor? What is the purpose of law from your point of view as a Legislative/Judicial/ Law Enforcement official? Who is it intended to protect?

What should be the role or effect of private judging companies (such as JudicialArbitration and Mediation Service) in the judicial or incarceration system?

(answer should be based on elected office sought.)

Candidate Answer #2

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Question #1 Civil Asset Forfeiture.

Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett said “A generation ago in America, asset forfeiture was limited to wresting ill-gotten gains from violent criminals. Today, it has a distinctive ‘Alice in Wonderland’ flavor, victimizing innocent citizens who’ve done nothing wrong.”

Please reply with your view of the proper application of Civil Asset Forfeiture laws in general in Texas
and explain how your view will affect your policy as an elected official.

Candidate Answer #1

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