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TX: Contentious 331st District race pits longtime judge against attorney

[mystatesman.com]

The only contested judicial race in Travis County’s criminal district courts has gotten contentious, with challenger Chantal Eldridge saying taxpayers have been underserved by the incumbent while Eldridge faces questions of her own about the registered sex offender she employs in her law firm and intends to bring on as a judicial aide if she wins.

Eldridge, a 53-year-old career defense lawyer who narrowly lost a judicial race in 2016, is running against state District Judge David Crain, who has presided over the felony 331st District Court since 2010 and has been a judge in Travis County for 32 years. He said his experience sets him apart in this race, suggesting “you wouldn’t want a novice to sit and try to conduct a jury trial for a murder case, child sexual assault, bank robbery or something like that.”

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  1. New Person

    Wow! A nice article. I like her stance of giving people a second chance.

    There are studies that already state re-integration is the best way to reduce recidivism.

    • Q

      This is no different than the anti gun lobby using the shooting in Florida and any other shooting to get what they wan’t; no guns and the same kind of chaos we see in Mexico and some European countries. District Judge David Crain is using the sex offender hoax to get what he wan’ts; an office he covets. Killing children and sex offenders have been politicized by people and groups for a while now. Just read the fake news rags and you’ll see it. Not too surprised nobody seems to have noticed.

    • Trish

      It is presumptuous and arrogant to assume an ex convict received a first chance! Many are disadvantaged and many cases are blown out of proportion and the public deceived ! Everyone that is intelligent recognizes that crimes have negative impacts, but their is more to the story…..It is a short sighted and shallow person who believes all retribution should fall on the perpetrator for all the problems that victims have…! It is obvious most offenders are not cold hearted, calculating sexual maniacs who’s sole purpose is to satisfy lust and desires of the the offenders ! We need a much bigger perspective based on alot more truths! This articles and the lawyer is a great example of our need for more Social and Societal views concerning and breaking the stereotypes, fears, lies and myths and all the problematic issues, many leaders have poured out on this WAR on SEX OFFENDERS ALSO FOR THE SAKE OF CONVERSATION…..ALL EX CONVICTS ! OUR LEGAL SYSTEM NEEDS A GOOD SPANKING ! MUCH OF THE PROBLEMS WE ARE LEGALLY FACING ARE DUE TO FOOLISH AND DELIBERATE ATTEMPTS TO OVERINFLATE THE EX SEX OFFENDERS DEVIANT BEHAVIOR AND THREAT AS WELL AS THE ABILITY TO LIVE WITHOUT FURTHER CRIME !

      • Tim Moore

        That statement about not getting a first chance is very true. The system assures it. Many do get probation so it looks like a chance to redeem themselves. At the same time they are put on the registry and given a lifetime sentence resulting in ongoing danger to life and limb by people who want to harm and kill them and drive them into homeless poverty. How is the carrot and stick thing supposed to work, when the carrot is nothing but an orange club?

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