WAYNE COUNTY 3RD CIRCUIT COURT candidates (incumbents)

Circuit court judges deal with larger civil cases, criminal cases (e.g. drugs, violence), and family cases (e.g. child custody, domestic violence, and divorce). The judicial candidates below are running for full and partial terms, and all of the incumbent judges are running for re-election unopposed. 

Click here to see the Detroit Bar Association's 2018 Judicial Candidate Ratings.

This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE August 7th 2018, in the Primary election and November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Public Defenders

QUESTION: The 6th Amendment Center released a report this year showing that the State Defender Office in Wayne County receives the same amount of funding it has for 16 years, despite an increased caseload and staff attorneys receiving their last salary increase in 2003. Currently it is estimated that of the 80% of criminal defendants who use State Defenders, only 5% of these cases go to trial, while almost all of them ending in a quick plea deal. As 3rd Circuit Judge, what, if any, adjustments to the public defender process would you support to ensure all citizens receive fair and complete counsel? What improvements should be made to the public defender process?

RESPONSE: More money and training

Q2. Judicial Incumbency

QUESTION: Ballotpedia reported that only 16 of 211 incumbent Michigan judges ran opposed in 2014. In your opinion, why is it so difficult for newcomers to run against incumbent judges and do you think there is a risk of judges becoming too complacent in their duties because there is minimal risk of losing the position? Wouldn't more candidates improve the integrity of the judicial election process?

RESPONSE: It is expensive to run and beat an incumbent. More candidates would not improve the process unless they are qualified. A better educated public would improve the process.

This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

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Q1. Public Defenders

QUESTION: The 6th Amendment Center released a report this year showing that the State Defender Office in Wayne County receives the same amount of funding it has for 16 years, despite an increased caseload and staff attorneys receiving their last salary increase in 2003. Currently it is estimated that of the 80% of criminal defendants who use State Defenders, only 5% of these cases go to trial, while almost all of them ending in a quick plea deal. As 3rd Circuit Judge, what, if any, adjustments to the public defender process would you support to ensure all citizens receive fair and complete counsel? What improvements should be made to the public defender process?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q2. Judicial Incumbency

QUESTION: Ballotpedia reported that only 16 of 211 incumbent Michigan judges ran opposed in 2014. In your opinion, why is it so difficult for newcomers to run against incumbent judges and do you think there is a risk of judges becoming too complacent in their duties because there is minimal risk of losing the position? Wouldn't more candidates improve the integrity of the judicial election process?

RESPONSE: No Response


Q1. Public Defenders

QUESTION: The 6th Amendment Center released a report this year showing that the State Defender Office in Wayne County receives the same amount of funding it has for 16 years, despite an increased caseload and staff attorneys receiving their last salary increase in 2003. Currently it is estimated that of the 80% of criminal defendants who use State Defenders, only 5% of these cases go to trial, while almost all of them ending in a quick plea deal. As 3rd Circuit Judge, what, if any, adjustments to the public defender process would you support to ensure all citizens receive fair and complete counsel? What improvements should be made to the public defender process?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q2. Judicial Incumbency

QUESTION: Ballotpedia reported that only 16 of 211 incumbent Michigan judges ran opposed in 2014. In your opinion, why is it so difficult for newcomers to run against incumbent judges and do you think there is a risk of judges becoming too complacent in their duties because there is minimal risk of losing the position? Wouldn't more candidates improve the integrity of the judicial election process?

RESPONSE: No Response


This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Public Defenders

QUESTION: The 6th Amendment Center released a report this year showing that the State Defender Office in Wayne County receives the same amount of funding it has for 16 years, despite an increased caseload and staff attorneys receiving their last salary increase in 2003. Currently it is estimated that of the 80% of criminal defendants who use State Defenders, only 5% of these cases go to trial, while almost all of them ending in a quick plea deal. As 3rd Circuit Judge, what, if any, adjustments to the public defender process would you support to ensure all citizens receive fair and complete counsel? What improvements should be made to the public defender process?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q2. Judicial Incumbency

QUESTION: Ballotpedia reported that only 16 of 211 incumbent Michigan judges ran opposed in 2014. In your opinion, why is it so difficult for newcomers to run against incumbent judges and do you think there is a risk of judges becoming too complacent in their duties because there is minimal risk of losing the position? Wouldn't more candidates improve the integrity of the judicial election process?

RESPONSE: No Response

This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Public Defenders

QUESTION: The 6th Amendment Center released a report this year showing that the State Defender Office in Wayne County receives the same amount of funding it has for 16 years, despite an increased caseload and staff attorneys receiving their last salary increase in 2003. Currently it is estimated that of the 80% of criminal defendants who use State Defenders, only 5% of these cases go to trial, while almost all of them ending in a quick plea deal. As 3rd Circuit Judge, what, if any, adjustments to the public defender process would you support to ensure all citizens receive fair and complete counsel? What improvements should be made to the public defender process?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q2. Judicial Incumbency

QUESTION: Ballotpedia reported that only 16 of 211 incumbent Michigan judges ran opposed in 2014. In your opinion, why is it so difficult for newcomers to run against incumbent judges and do you think there is a risk of judges becoming too complacent in their duties because there is minimal risk of losing the position? Wouldn't more candidates improve the integrity of the judicial election process?

RESPONSE: No Response

This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE August 7th 2018, in the Primary election and November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Public Defenders

QUESTION: The 6th Amendment Center released a report this year showing that the State Defender Office in Wayne County receives the same amount of funding it has for 16 years, despite an increased caseload and staff attorneys receiving their last salary increase in 2003. Currently it is estimated that of the 80% of criminal defendants who use State Defenders, only 5% of these cases go to trial, while almost all of them ending in a quick plea deal. As 3rd Circuit Judge, what, if any, adjustments to the public defender process would you support to ensure all citizens receive fair and complete counsel? What improvements should be made to the public defender process?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q2. Judicial Incumbency

QUESTION: Ballotpedia reported that only 16 of 211 incumbent Michigan judges ran opposed in 2014. In your opinion, why is it so difficult for newcomers to run against incumbent judges and do you think there is a risk of judges becoming too complacent in their duties because there is minimal risk of losing the position? Wouldn't more candidates improve the integrity of the judicial election process?

RESPONSE: No Response

This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Public Defenders

QUESTION: The 6th Amendment Center released a report this year showing that the State Defender Office in Wayne County receives the same amount of funding it has for 16 years, despite an increased caseload and staff attorneys receiving their last salary increase in 2003. Currently it is estimated that of the 80% of criminal defendants who use State Defenders, only 5% of these cases go to trial, while almost all of them ending in a quick plea deal. As 3rd Circuit Judge, what, if any, adjustments to the public defender process would you support to ensure all citizens receive fair and complete counsel? What improvements should be made to the public defender process?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q2. Judicial Incumbency

QUESTION: Ballotpedia reported that only 16 of 211 incumbent Michigan judges ran opposed in 2014. In your opinion, why is it so difficult for newcomers to run against incumbent judges and do you think there is a risk of judges becoming too complacent in their duties because there is minimal risk of losing the position? Wouldn't more candidates improve the integrity of the judicial election process?

RESPONSE: No Response

This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Public Defenders

QUESTION: The 6th Amendment Center released a report this year showing that the State Defender Office in Wayne County receives the same amount of funding it has for 16 years, despite an increased caseload and staff attorneys receiving their last salary increase in 2003. Currently it is estimated that of the 80% of criminal defendants who use State Defenders, only 5% of these cases go to trial, while almost all of them ending in a quick plea deal. As 3rd Circuit Judge, what, if any, adjustments to the public defender process would you support to ensure all citizens receive fair and complete counsel? What improvements should be made to the public defender process?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q2. Judicial Incumbency

QUESTION: Ballotpedia reported that only 16 of 211 incumbent Michigan judges ran opposed in 2014. In your opinion, why is it so difficult for newcomers to run against incumbent judges and do you think there is a risk of judges becoming too complacent in their duties because there is minimal risk of losing the position? Wouldn't more candidates improve the integrity of the judicial election process?

RESPONSE: No Response

This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Public Defenders

QUESTION: The 6th Amendment Center released a report this year showing that the State Defender Office in Wayne County receives the same amount of funding it has for 16 years, despite an increased caseload and staff attorneys receiving their last salary increase in 2003. Currently it is estimated that of the 80% of criminal defendants who use State Defenders, only 5% of these cases go to trial, while almost all of them ending in a quick plea deal. As 3rd Circuit Judge, what, if any, adjustments to the public defender process would you support to ensure all citizens receive fair and complete counsel? What improvements should be made to the public defender process?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q2. Judicial Incumbency

QUESTION: Ballotpedia reported that only 16 of 211 incumbent Michigan judges ran opposed in 2014. In your opinion, why is it so difficult for newcomers to run against incumbent judges and do you think there is a risk of judges becoming too complacent in their duties because there is minimal risk of losing the position? Wouldn't more candidates improve the integrity of the judicial election process?

RESPONSE: No Response

This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Public Defenders

QUESTION: The 6th Amendment Center released a report this year showing that the State Defender Office in Wayne County receives the same amount of funding it has for 16 years, despite an increased caseload and staff attorneys receiving their last salary increase in 2003. Currently it is estimated that of the 80% of criminal defendants who use State Defenders, only 5% of these cases go to trial, while almost all of them ending in a quick plea deal. As 3rd Circuit Judge, what, if any, adjustments to the public defender process would you support to ensure all citizens receive fair and complete counsel? What improvements should be made to the public defender process?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q2. Judicial Incumbency

QUESTION: Ballotpedia reported that only 16 of 211 incumbent Michigan judges ran opposed in 2014. In your opinion, why is it so difficult for newcomers to run against incumbent judges and do you think there is a risk of judges becoming too complacent in their duties because there is minimal risk of losing the position? Wouldn't more candidates improve the integrity of the judicial election process?

RESPONSE: No Response

This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Public Defenders

QUESTION: The 6th Amendment Center released a report this year showing that the State Defender Office in Wayne County receives the same amount of funding it has for 16 years, despite an increased caseload and staff attorneys receiving their last salary increase in 2003. Currently it is estimated that of the 80% of criminal defendants who use State Defenders, only 5% of these cases go to trial, while almost all of them ending in a quick plea deal. As 3rd Circuit Judge, what, if any, adjustments to the public defender process would you support to ensure all citizens receive fair and complete counsel? What improvements should be made to the public defender process?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q2. Judicial Incumbency

QUESTION: Ballotpedia reported that only 16 of 211 incumbent Michigan judges ran opposed in 2014. In your opinion, why is it so difficult for newcomers to run against incumbent judges and do you think there is a risk of judges becoming too complacent in their duties because there is minimal risk of losing the position? Wouldn't more candidates improve the integrity of the judicial election process?

RESPONSE: No Response

This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE August 7th 2018, in the Primary election and November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Public Defenders

QUESTION: The 6th Amendment Center released a report this year showing that the State Defender Office in Wayne County receives the same amount of funding it has for 16 years, despite an increased caseload and staff attorneys receiving their last salary increase in 2003. Currently it is estimated that of the 80% of criminal defendants who use State Defenders, only 5% of these cases go to trial, while almost all of them ending in a quick plea deal. As 3rd Circuit Judge, what, if any, adjustments to the public defender process would you support to ensure all citizens receive fair and complete counsel? What improvements should be made to the public defender process?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q2. Judicial Incumbency

QUESTION: Ballotpedia reported that only 16 of 211 incumbent Michigan judges ran opposed in 2014. In your opinion, why is it so difficult for newcomers to run against incumbent judges and do you think there is a risk of judges becoming too complacent in their duties because there is minimal risk of losing the position? Wouldn't more candidates improve the integrity of the judicial election process?

RESPONSE: No Response

This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Public Defenders

QUESTION: The 6th Amendment Center released a report this year showing that the State Defender Office in Wayne County receives the same amount of funding it has for 16 years, despite an increased caseload and staff attorneys receiving their last salary increase in 2003. Currently it is estimated that of the 80% of criminal defendants who use State Defenders, only 5% of these cases go to trial, while almost all of them ending in a quick plea deal. As 3rd Circuit Judge, what, if any, adjustments to the public defender process would you support to ensure all citizens receive fair and complete counsel? What improvements should be made to the public defender process?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q2. Judicial Incumbency

QUESTION: Ballotpedia reported that only 16 of 211 incumbent Michigan judges ran opposed in 2014. In your opinion, why is it so difficult for newcomers to run against incumbent judges and do you think there is a risk of judges becoming too complacent in their duties because there is minimal risk of losing the position? Wouldn't more candidates improve the integrity of the judicial election process?

RESPONSE: No Response

This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Public Defenders

QUESTION: The 6th Amendment Center released a report this year showing that the State Defender Office in Wayne County receives the same amount of funding it has for 16 years, despite an increased caseload and staff attorneys receiving their last salary increase in 2003. Currently it is estimated that of the 80% of criminal defendants who use State Defenders, only 5% of these cases go to trial, while almost all of them ending in a quick plea deal. As 3rd Circuit Judge, what, if any, adjustments to the public defender process would you support to ensure all citizens receive fair and complete counsel? What improvements should be made to the public defender process?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q2. Judicial Incumbency

QUESTION: Ballotpedia reported that only 16 of 211 incumbent Michigan judges ran opposed in 2014. In your opinion, why is it so difficult for newcomers to run against incumbent judges and do you think there is a risk of judges becoming too complacent in their duties because there is minimal risk of losing the position? Wouldn't more candidates improve the integrity of the judicial election process?

RESPONSE: No Response

This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE August 7th 2018, in the Primary election and November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Public Defenders

QUESTION: The 6th Amendment Center released a report this year showing that the State Defender Office in Wayne County receives the same amount of funding it has for 16 years, despite an increased caseload and staff attorneys receiving their last salary increase in 2003. Currently it is estimated that of the 80% of criminal defendants who use State Defenders, only 5% of these cases go to trial, while almost all of them ending in a quick plea deal. As 3rd Circuit Judge, what, if any, adjustments to the public defender process would you support to ensure all citizens receive fair and complete counsel? What improvements should be made to the public defender process?

RESPONSE: Wayne County as our funding unit should include increased funding for this important service to our criminal defendants. Our budget should propose this increased funding. Our budget is put together by the Chief Judge of the Court and the current administration. Further, a complete revamping of the State Defenders office should occur to ensure their is more oversight of this office with regard to hiring and keeping competent counsel and ensuring that all Defendants are getting adequate representation.

Q2. Judicial Incumbency

QUESTION: Ballotpedia reported that only 16 of 211 incumbent Michigan judges ran opposed in 2014. In your opinion, why is it so difficult for newcomers to run against incumbent judges and do you think there is a risk of judges becoming too complacent in their duties because there is minimal risk of losing the position? Wouldn't more candidates improve the integrity of the judicial election process?

RESPONSE: Not necessarily. I ran and was elected to this position in 2001. I have had both contested and uncontested elections since that time. Just because I am challenged in an election does not guarantee that a replacement would do a better job than a sitting judge. Of the 52 judges on the Wayne County Bench, we have by far the best, brightest and hardest working judges in the state. No doubt we may have a few that could do better. That is the exception rather than the rule. Our open election system, mixed with the Governor's ability to appoint is the best system to give anyone a chance to be on the bench with an open seat.

This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE August 7th 2018, in the Primary election and November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Public Defenders

QUESTION: The 6th Amendment Center released a report this year showing that the State Defender Office in Wayne County receives the same amount of funding it has for 16 years, despite an increased caseload and staff attorneys receiving their last salary increase in 2003. Currently it is estimated that of the 80% of criminal defendants who use State Defenders, only 5% of these cases go to trial, while almost all of them ending in a quick plea deal. As 3rd Circuit Judge, what, if any, adjustments to the public defender process would you support to ensure all citizens receive fair and complete counsel? What improvements should be made to the public defender process?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q2. Judicial Incumbency

QUESTION: Ballotpedia reported that only 16 of 211 incumbent Michigan judges ran opposed in 2014. In your opinion, why is it so difficult for newcomers to run against incumbent judges and do you think there is a risk of judges becoming too complacent in their duties because there is minimal risk of losing the position? Wouldn't more candidates improve the integrity of the judicial election process?

RESPONSE: No Response

This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE August 7th 2018, in the Primary election and November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Public Defenders

QUESTION: The 6th Amendment Center released a report this year showing that the State Defender Office in Wayne County receives the same amount of funding it has for 16 years, despite an increased caseload and staff attorneys receiving their last salary increase in 2003. Currently it is estimated that of the 80% of criminal defendants who use State Defenders, only 5% of these cases go to trial, while almost all of them ending in a quick plea deal. As 3rd Circuit Judge, what, if any, adjustments to the public defender process would you support to ensure all citizens receive fair and complete counsel? What improvements should be made to the public defender process?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q2. Judicial Incumbency

QUESTION: Ballotpedia reported that only 16 of 211 incumbent Michigan judges ran opposed in 2014. In your opinion, why is it so difficult for newcomers to run against incumbent judges and do you think there is a risk of judges becoming too complacent in their duties because there is minimal risk of losing the position? Wouldn't more candidates improve the integrity of the judicial election process?

RESPONSE: No Response

PARTIAL TERM, 11-7-18 to 1-1-2021

This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE August 7th 2018, in the Primary election and November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Public Defenders

QUESTION: The 6th Amendment Center released a report this year showing that the State Defender Office in Wayne County receives the same amount of funding it has for 16 years, despite an increased caseload and staff attorneys receiving their last salary increase in 2003. Currently it is estimated that of the 80% of criminal defendants who use State Defenders, only 5% of these cases go to trial, while almost all of them ending in a quick plea deal. As 3rd Circuit Judge, what, if any, adjustments to the public defender process would you support to ensure all citizens receive fair and complete counsel? What improvements should be made to the public defender process?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q2. Judicial Incumbency

QUESTION: Ballotpedia reported that only 16 of 211 incumbent Michigan judges ran opposed in 2014. In your opinion, why is it so difficult for newcomers to run against incumbent judges and do you think there is a risk of judges becoming too complacent in their duties because there is minimal risk of losing the position? Wouldn't more candidates improve the integrity of the judicial election process?

RESPONSE: No Response