As you probably know, the 311th Family Court has been in the news for the past six months because of the antics of the incompetent Judge Denise Pratt. Unfortunately for Harris County families, Pratt refuses to resign from the bench and continues to harm families in crisis. The best way for Harris County Republican voters to send her a strong message of rebuke is to vote for one of her opponents in the March 4th primary.
I’ll be voting for Anthony Magdaleno in that primary. Anthony’s long experience representing families in crisis has given him the right perspective for the job. In fact, I’ll let you read his perspective from a questionnaire he filled out for me four years ago:
Why should people vote for you in the primary?
Because I believe that the “black robe” a family law judge wears is a robe of service and not a robe of power.
In my practice, when a client comes into my office with a family matter, such as a divorce, that client is quite often almost in a state of panic, thinking that his or her world is ending because of the threat that he or she is going to lose his or her children, house, car, retirement, etc. In such a situation, I have always enjoyed being able to sit down with that client, assess the situation, and advise that client of what could be done to address his or her particular situation so that the burden of stress he or she was under could be “lifted off his or her shoulders”. When that client left my office feeling a sense of relief, then I felt I had done an important part of my job — that of helping that client prepare emotionally to deal with the situation at hand and to proceed to court.
I would now like to take this perspective to the courthouse, and sit as a judge to help BOTH PARTIES get through the judicial process without unnecessary stress, grief, chaos, embarrassment, or expense. In addition, since litigants in family court quite often have the intimate details of their personal lives exposed in open court, I believe it is so very important for a judge to have the appropriate demeanor in dealing with litigants before the Court. A judge should be respectful to litigants, and not belittle, ridicule, intimidate, or yell at them. All that does is to make an already difficult situation unbearable. A family court should be respected but not feared.
I thought that was the most refreshing answer in that campaign and it still holds true today. Anthony would be a breath of fresh air in a family court system that desperately needs it. He has refused to play along with the pay-to-play slate system in both of his campaigns – a system that resulted in the wholly incompetent Judge Denise Pratt sitting behind the bench.
Anthony also won this year’s Houston Bar Poll for this bench among his Republican opponents:
Anthony has also been a tireless advocate of the Harris County Republican Party’s efforts to reach minority voters with a message of inclusion for small government, free market, maximum liberty principles. It is hard to go to a meeting anywhere in Harris County’s minority neighborhoods and not find Anthony already there spreading the message.
I urge you not to let the pay-to-play system result in another incompetent judge sitting behind the bench of the 311th. Study the candidates, talk to them, and I think that you will arrive at the same conclusion I have and that you too will vote for Anthony Magdaleno in the 311th primary.
Incompetent Judge Denise Pratt