Re-elect Judge Singer so he can continue to fight for landmark progressive change to our criminal justice system.
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Elected in 2018, Judge David L. Singer has been in the top 2 or 3 of the 16 County Criminal Court judges in all of the performance indicators since taking the bench. This includes among other things, the number of jury trials, case clearance rates, and the number of days working in the courthouse.
Judge Singer is the only judge who is running a 100% self-funded campaign and who will not accept any donations from attorneys. While taking checks from attorneys is clearly not illegal or improper, it could lend itself to be an appearance of impropriety.
When campaigning in 2018, Candidate Singer promised “bail reform”. On day 1 in County Court #14 Judge Singer implemented bail reform with his 14 other newly elected Democratic County Criminal Court judges. They immediately settled the lawsuit costing taxpayers millions, and amended the rules to allow most misdemeanor defendants to receive no cost pretrial release. This means that no longer are citizens accused of minor offenses, who cannot afford even small amounts of bail money, forced to plead guilty just to get out of jail. Saving taxpayers millions annually in reducing the population of the Harris County Jail.
The current District Attorney has recently falsely blamed misdemeanor bail reform for increases in crime rates. (Houston Chronicle Sept. 2nd, 2021). Judge Singer’s Democratic primary opponent is a current member of the District Attorney’s staff and has to date supported his boss. Given the legislatures recent bill that intends to thwart misdemeanor bail reform and reimpose the money bail system, we need to re-elect our incumbent Democratic judges like Judge Singer who will keep fighting for this landmark progressive change to our criminal justice system.
In contrast to his primary opponent, Judge Singer has over 40 years’ experience as a prosecutor, criminal defense attorney, and sitting County Court judge. This is 5 times the experience of his opponent, who has only been a lawyer for eight years, all of which were as a prosecutor, and who has never represented anyone charged with a crime. Judge Singer represented thousands of people charged with criminal offenses over his 28 year private practice. As someone who has handled all aspects of the criminal litigation process, he truly understands the gravity of what being a judge requires and never takes any case lightly when citizens' personal liberties are at stake.
Judge Singer has proudly called Harris County home for over 40 years. He has remained an active member of the community, devoting 7 years as a volunteer baseball coach for Cy Fair Sports Association and serving as the former president of the Longwood Village Homeowner's Association. He is a dedicated husband of 30 years, father to his two children, and grandfather to his adorable grandson. He is also a huge animal-lover and happily shares his home with his two dogs and two cats.