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Judge Burns

JUDGE ROBERT BURNS
Presiding Judge
Criminal District
Court No. 1
Democratic Nominee for
Court of Criminal Appeals
Place 6

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ELECT JUDGE ROBERT BURNS
For Justice, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 6

Early Voting:
Monday, October 24 through Friday, November 4

Election Day:
Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Judge Robert Burns currently presides over Texas Criminal District Court No. 1, a felony district court in Dallas County. A provision in Texas law allows Judge Burns to seek to become a Justice on the Court of Criminal Appeals without resigning his current bench.

Judge Burns is an outstanding candidate for Justice because of his broad legal experience as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney, as well as his three terms of judicial service. He has earned a solid reputation as a fair, hard working judge, and he has consistently ranked at the top for the felony district court judges evaluated by the Dalla Bar Association judicial poll.

QUICK FACTS

  • Elected Judge of Criminal District Court No. 1 in 2006.
  • Reelected in November, 2010.
  • Elected by fellow judges to serve as Local Administrative District Judge
  • Serves on the Dallas County Juvenile Board.
  • Operates an adult drug offender re-entry program that helps select incarcerated offenders re-enter normal life with special supervised programs, counseling and training. Such programs reduce recidivism and save taxpayer dollars.
  • Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
  • Prior to becoming a judge, worked in private practice as a criminal attorney handling a wide range of criminal cases.
  • Also served six years in the Dallas County District Attorney's Office, including service as Deputy Chief of the Organized Crime Division.
  • Endorsed by the Dallas Morning News in 2006.
  • Endorsed as Qualified by the Committee for a Qualified Judiciary in 2006.
  • Graduate of SMU Dedman School of Law.
  • Member, Dallas County Democratic Party Leadership Council.

PROFILE: JUDGE ROBERT BURNS

Judge Robert Burns serves as the Presiding Judge of Criminal District Court No. 1, a felony criminal court in Dallas County. He also oversees a drug offender re-entry program and serves on the Dallas County Juvenile Board. He was first elected to the bench in 2006 and was reelected in 2010.

Before being elected, Judge Burns accumulated a broad range of experience in criminal law. As an attorney, he prosecuted and defended a wide variety of cases, from capital murder to DWI. Judge Burns served for six years in the Dallas County District Attorney's Office. He began in the misdemeanor trial section, prosecuting offenses ranging from theft and assault to DWI. After a promotion and prosecuting in the felony trial section, Judge Burns served in the public integrity section of the District Attorney's office. The majority of his experience was in the felony trial section, prosecuting cases before Dallas County juries on a daily and weekly basis. 

When he left the District Attorney's office to begin private practice, Judge Burns was the deputy chief of the Organized Crime Division, prosecuting drug related homicide cases and drug dealers. In private practice, Judge Burns represented individuals charged with a wide variety of crimes.

ENDORSEMENTS

J. Michael Alexander
Sindhu Alexander
Charles Allan
Hon. Monica Alonzo, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Roberto Alonzo, State Representative
Hon. John Ames, Dallas County Tax Assessor/Collector
Hon. Ramona Ames, Democratic Precinct Chair
Bruce Anton
George Ashford
Deke Austin
Hon. Wilma Avalos, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Mark Baker, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Jean Ball, Democratic Precinct Chair
Bob Baskett
Hon. Bernice Battle, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. John Berry, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Lorraine Birabil, Democratic Precinct Chair
Clark Birdsall
Hon. Fatema Biviji, Democratic Precinct Chair
Ellen Black
Hon. Tom Blackwell, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Elise Blount, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Robert Book, Democratic Precinct Chair
Bill Booth
Hon. Jacque Borel, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Pauline Bourqui, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. David Bradley, State Democratic Exec. Committee
Paul Brauchle
Chris Brazee
Hon. Tommy Briggs, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Alta Brown, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Lourdes Bugarin, Democratic Precinct Chair
Jim Burnham
Dennis Burns
Hon. Michelle Button, Democratic Precinct Chair
Teresa Cain
Richard Carrizales
George Chamberlain
Scott Chase
Gina Clark
Hon. Linda Coleman, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. James Collier, Democratic Precinct Chair
George Conkey
Hon. Cassandra Cooper, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Alice Cox, Democratic Precinct Chair
Thomas Cox
Hon. Charles Crosby, Democratic Precinct Chair
Darlina Crowder
Hon. Deborah C. Culberson, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Richard Culberson, Democratic Precinct Chair
Phillip Cunningham
Hon. Pamela Curry, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Ted Dale, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Eli Davis, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Iniece Davis, Democratic Precinct Chair
JJ Davis
Hon. Patrick De La Garza Und Senkel, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Dorothy Dean, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Joshua Dell, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Carol Denham, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. John Dickerson, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Doris Dillard, Democratic Precinct Chair
Kalen Donnelly
Larry Finstrom
Hon. Gary Fitzsimmons, Dallas County District Clerk
Hon. Mary Freeman, Democratic Precinct Chair
Jesse Garcia
Sergio Garcia, Pres. Dallas County East Democrats
Dan Garrigan
Hon. Herbert Gears, Mayor of Irving
Greg Gray
Dean Gresham
Steve Griggs
Rex Gunter
Hon. Betty Hallum, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Sarfraz Hamid, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Thomas Hamrick, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. David Hardt, State Democratic Exec. Committee
Hon. Charlotte Hayes, Democratic Precinct Chair
Heather Haywood
Roger Herrera
Robert Herrington
Hon. Suzanne Hickman, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Raye Holman, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Quita Hughes, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Aubrey Jackson, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Duttrell Jackson, Democratic Precinct Chair
Frank Jackson
Hon. Tariq Jaffrey, Democratic Precinct Chair
Andrew Jee
Karo Johnson
Hon. Nakita Johnson, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Vonciel Jones Hill, Dallas City Council
Hank Judin III
Dawna Kim
Edwin King
Angelia Kinney
Christopher Kinney
Hon. Christy Kinsler, Democratic Precinct Chair
Bill Knox
Hon. John Knutson, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Bill Kotch, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Edward Kownslar, Democratic Precinct Chair
John Lee
Michael Lehmann
Hon. Joshua Lloyd, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Michele Luce, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Mary W. Luckey, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Jean P. Mackaly, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Susan Marksbury-Carr, Democratic Precinct Chair
Stanley Mays
Hon. Charlene McAdoo, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Ernestine McMillan, Democratic Precinct Chair
Michael McPhail
Kirk McPike
Hon. Ricardo Medrano, Democratic Precinct Chair
Steve Miller
Rain Minns
Hon. Jimmy Mobley, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Randy Mock, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. James Monahan, Democratic Precinct Chair
Joey Mongaras
Hon. Willie Montgomery, Democratic Precinct Chair
Jim Moore
Elaine Munch
Melvin Munch Jr.
Hon. Salma Mushir, Democratic Precinct Chair
Bill Neil
Hon. Gloria Nightingale, Democratic Precinct Chair
Bernard Nwaiwu
Nancy Ohan
Hon. AC Okeke, Democratic Precinct Chair
Linda Olson
Brian O'Shea
Hon. Anthony Pace, Democratic Precinct Chair
Kelly Pace
Scott Palmer
Hon. Randall Parker, Democratic Precinct Chair
Doug Parks
Hon. Sandy Paul, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Israel Pena, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Kristina Percival, Democratic Precinct Chair
Victor Pereira
Hon. John L. Phillips, Democratic Precinct Chair
Michael Popovici
Shirley Price
Hon. Patsy Ray, Democratic Precinct Chair
John Read
Wes Reed
Sandra Reynolds
Hon. David Richardson, Democratic Precinct Chair
John Robinson
Hon. LaTosha Rochelle Moore, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Manny Rodela, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Jean Rogers, Democratic Precinct Chair
Marti Rosenfield
Al Rudy
Hon. Carolyn Salter, Mayor of Palestine
Jeff Sandberg
Peter Sawyer
Hon. Richard Secrest, Democratic Precinct Chair
Adam Seidel
Joe Shearin
Barry Sorrels
E.A. Srere
Hon. Hulen Strunck, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Gwendolyn Swann, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. John Tackaberry, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Patrick Tharp, Democratic Precinct Chair
Kristin Tinajero
Beth Thurman
Donna Turman
Gary Udashen
Robert Udashen
Hon. Lupe Valdez, Dallas County Sheriff
Hon. Allen Vaught, State Representative
David Vereeke
Robert Vial
Hon. Shirley Walker, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. John Warren, Dallas County Clerk
Hon. Craig Watkins, Dallas County District Attorney
Elizabeth Thurman Wells
Hon. Joe Wells, Dallas County Treasurer
Ron Wells
Gary Wendzel
Hon. Sharon Wendzel, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Royce West, State Senator
Hon. Camille White, Democratic Precinct Chair
Laura Wilder
Hon. John Wiley Price, Dallas County Commissioner
Christie Williams
Hon. Johnetta Williams, Democratic Precinct Chair
Hon. Martha Williams, State Democratic Exec. Committee
Jack Wilson
Ken Wincorn
John Withers Jr.
Dan Wood Jr.

 

 

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