1. Who are you, and what are you running for?
My name is Jeannine Barr and I am running for re-election to the 182nd Criminal District Court bench in Harris County.
2. What kind of cases does this court hear?
The 182nd is one of 22 felony district courts that hears cases involving the most serious crimes : murder, capital murder, aggravated robbery, burglary of habitation, aggravated sexual assault and sexual assault of children. It also hears higher level drug cases, felony DWI’s, and major theft cases as well as repeat offenders of lower level offenses.
3. Why are you running for this particular bench?
I am running for re-election to this bench because I want to continue the hard work of being a fair trial judge. I have the experience of 16 years as a judge and 9 years as a prosecutor. Both have served me well in running a fair courtroom. I’m not afraid to make tough decisions when necessary nor am I afraid to temper justice with mercy when appropriate.
4. What are your qualifications for the job?
I have presided over the 182nd for the past 16 years. Prior to my election to the bench, I served as an assisstant district attorney for 9 years. I have solid trial experience, knowledge of the law, a good judicial temperament, and the energy and passion to continue serving the people of this county.
5. Why is this race important?
A District Court Judge can take away your money, your property, your children, your freedom and your life. That’s important stuff! The people of this community deserve a judge who knows what she is doing and who understands the impact felony cases have on all of the parties. Most of us go through our lives hoping we won’t ever have to go to the criminal justice center for anything except possibly jury service. But if for some reason you or a loved one becomes involved in a felony criminal case, it’s crucial to have a judge who is knowledgeable and fair. The judge controls the tempo of the courtroom and each decision made in every case has a ripple effect in the neighborhood. So even if you aren’t directly involved in a felony case, you feel the impact of crime in your daily life.
6. Why should people vote for you in November?
I am the most qualified candidate. I have 25 years of criminal law experience and I have worked hard the last 16 years as judge of the 182nd District Court. Being a good judge requires more that just sitting on a bench in a black robe. It requires someone who knows the ropes, someone who understands the law, and someone who has the courage and maturity to make difficult decisions . I am that person. My opponent has no criminal law experience and has never tried a criminal case.