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    Lydia Nance Adams

  • Deborah Geraldine Bledsoe Ford

  • Izetta F. Bright

  • Ruth C. Carter

  • Austin W. Garrett

  • Pennie B. Millender

  • Cylenthia LaToye Miller

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    David A. Perkins

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    Larry D. Williams Jr.

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Biographical Information

This race includes incumbent and non-incumbent candidates. We have different questions based on incumbency status The first 10 questions are for the non-incumbents candidates in this race.

List all courts and agencies in which you are currently admitted to practice.

Describe your previous legal experience, listing the names of your previous employers and any areas of the law in which you specialize. What percentage of your practice is civil? Criminal?

How often do you to appear before the court to which you seek election?

Describe your three most recent trials/cases and list the names of the presiding judge and opposing counsel in each.

Describe any pro bono legal services you have provided in the last 5 years.

Have you ever been admonished, reprimanded, suspended or otherwise disciplined by attorney or judicial disciplinary authorities in Michigan or any other jurisdiction? If yes, provide details.

Please list organizations or political action committees that have endorsed your candidacy or asked their members to donate to your campaign.

What factors would you consider in deciding what sentence to hand down in a criminal case?

If you observed a party in your courtroom being poorly represented by counsel, how would you address the situation?

10. Under what circumstances, if any, would you feel obligated to disclose to opposing counsel that a lawyer appearing before you had donated to your election campaign?

The following questions are for the incumbent candidate in this race.

Describe your legal experience prior to assuming judicial office, including the name of any law firm or organization that employed you.

Describe the three most recent trials you presided over and list the names of the attorneys who appeared before you in each of those cases.

Describe the most recent instance in which one of your decisions was overturned by an appellate court.

Under what circumstances, if any, would you feel obligated to disclose to opposing counsel that a lawyer appearing before you had donated to your election campaign?

Have you ever been admonished, reprimanded, suspended or otherwise disciplined by attorney or judicial disciplinary authorities in Michigan or any other jurisdiction? If yes, provide details.

Please list organizations or political action committees that have endorsed your candidacy or asked their members to donate to your campaign.

What factors would you consider in deciding what sentence to hand down in a criminal case?

If you observed a party in your courtroom being poorly represented by counsel, how would you address the situation?

List any corporations and/or organizations in which you have served as an officer in the last 10 years.

City of residence Detroit, MI
Age 56
Military service None
Degrees earned Western Michigan University -Bachelor of Business Administration Detroit College of Law - Juris Doctor
Vehicles owned 2011 Ford Flex
Race/ethnicity African-American
Current occupation Judge, 36th District Court Judge
Other relevant professional experience Assistant Corporation Counsel - City Of Detroit Law Department
Current or previous elected office Judge, 36th District Court Judge
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Prior to being elected judge in 1998, I worked for the City of Detroit's Law Department as an Assistant Corporations Counsel at 36th District Court. Before & during law school, I was employed with the Michigan Department of Commerce in various governmental regulatory & compliance positions. After law school, I was Contracts & Copyrights Manager of Corporate and Legal Affairs Department for Detroit Public Television, WTVS Channel 56. I also had the opportunity to intern with U.S. Eastern District Magistrate Lynn V. Hooe and work as a law clerk for the Michigan Tax Tribunal.
Currently, my docket exclusively consists of probable cause conferences and preliminary examinations. A partial listing of those criminal attorneys who appear before me would include Randall Upshaw, Marlon Evans, Lillian Diallo, Jennifer Colthirst, Larry Polk, Stephanie Carson, Andrea Fanning David Cripps and Regina Triplett.
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Donations to judicial campaigns are a matter of public record, encouraging transparency. In my 20 years on the bench, this has never been an issue with attorneys at 36th District Court. However, should any attorney ever express concern regarding this matter, I would certainly disclose whether opposing counsel had donated to my election campaign.
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As of this writing, endorsers of my campaign include the Fannie Lou Hamer PAC, Black Slate, 13th & 14th Democratic Congressional Districts, AFSCME, UAW, Detroit Police Officer's Association (partial list).
In considering sentencing in criminal cases, first I refer to the law to see how much, if any, judicial discretion is allowed, namely mandatory sentencing guidelines. In most circumstances though, sentencing may be reduced or enhanced based on factors specific to the crime and the defendant. A sentence may include fines, incarceration, probation, suspended sentence, restitution, community service, participation in rehabilitation programs or any combination thereof.
Have a sidebar between all attorneys to discuss the matter before making a decision about the matter.
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City of residence Detroit
Age 58
Military service Yes Michigan Air National Guard
Degrees earned BA Biological Science Rutgers Univ. 1981
Vehicles owned 2016 Ford Explorer
Race/ethnicity Afro American
Current occupation Judge of the 36th District Court
Other relevant professional experience Referee in Wayne County Juvenile Court for over 17 years. 1997-2014 . Magistrate 30th District Court (Highland Park) 1995-1997, Law Offices David A. Perkins 1995-1997, Law Offices of Dozier , Turner, Braceful & Perkins 1994-1995, Wayne County Corporation Counsel 1985-1994, Judge Advocate 1991-1995, President Association of Black Judges 2002-2003, President D. Augustus Straker Bar Assoc. 1997-1998, Chair of the State Bar of Michigan young lawyers section 1994-1995, Member of the State Bar of Michigan 2015-present , 2009-2012, 1993-1996, . Wolverine Bar Association Board of Directors 2010-2014. American Bar association Chair of the Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice 2009-2012, Member Detroit Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen ,NAACP life member
Current or previous elected office Judge of the 36th District Court elected 11-2-14
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I started my legal career as a Wayne County Assistant Corporation Counsel , There I defended the County on various civil matters. from highway defect cases to police misconduct cases to the mental health docket . I then went into private practice with the firm of Dozier , Turner ,Braceful and Perkins. I then went into solo practice . I was a JAG officer for Michiogan the Air National Guard
I do not have the names of the trials due to the shear volume that I preside over each day . Some attorneys that have appeared before me are Anthony Adams , Stephon Johnson, Peter Zingas ,
Not sure of the names of any cases that were overturned by Circuit Court .One was sent back because of a bond issue. I have not had many returned to me by an appellate ruling .
If the lawyer has donated more than $100.00
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Michigan Spanish Speaking Dems. : Uaw region 1A , 13th and 14th Congressional District ;Detroit Sgt and Lts. ;AFL CIO; AFSCME Council 25 ; Fannie Lou Hammer ; Hispanic Bar Association ; Government Administrators Association; The Black Slate ;

rated Outstanding by the Detroit Metro Bar Association ( highest possible rating ) rated Extremely well Quakified by the Wolverine Bar Assoc.
the guidelines , is this a candidate for probation , diversion or jail. does this person have substance abuse or mental health issues. The nature of the crime the impact of that crime on the victim and the overall community . How many times has this defendant been brought before the court for the same or similar charges. The report of the probation officer. These are a few of the things that I would consider when formulating a sentence .
I would ask counsel to approach and ask are they comfortable handling this case . If they indicated No I would allow another counsel to be appointed . If they said yes I would indicate to them that I had some concerns with them going forward on the case .
I have not served as an officer on any corporation in the last ten years . But I have served on the Board of the following groups : Ten Commandments of Real Estate ; Life Skills Charter School Board 2008-2011; Black United Fund Board; CASA Advisory Board ; Reggie McKenzie Foundation.
City of residence Detroit
Age 38
Military service None
Degrees earned B.A. - University of Michigan J.D. - Wayne State School of Law
Vehicles owned 2007 Buick Rendezous
Race/ethnicity African American
Current occupation Judge of the 36th District Court
Other relevant professional experience I served as an Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor for 11 years prior to taking the bench.
Current or previous elected office Judge of the 36th District Court.
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I spent the last eleven years working as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Wayne County. The last six years was assigned to 36th District Court Dedicated Domestic Violence Docket where I handled all of the misdemeanors and felonies up to the preliminary examination. Throughout my career I've tried cases in 3rd Circuit Court and many District Courts throughout Wayne County. I also worked in the Juvenile Division for a number of years where alongside with my courtroom duties I served as a Drug Court Prosecutor.
The last case that I presided over involved a defendant accused of blocking street in front of her house with orange cones. I found the defendant Not guilty because the City of Detroit could not prove knowledge or if the defendant actually could control who placed the cones. The city was represented by Matthew Langston and the defendant by Salle Erwin.

Landlord Tenant hearing was held with Attorney Fred Coleman and an in pro per defendant. I found in favor of the plaintiff.

I also presided over a traffic case with Tiffany Boyd as the Prosecutor and Salle Erwin as the defense attorney. I found the defendant guilty of not properly filling out his taxi cab trip sheet.
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I don't think that it's necessary because I would never let a campaign contribution ever dictate or influence how I would rule on a case. If opposing counsel asked me directly I would tell them.
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The Black Slate Fannie Lou Hamer PAC 13th Congressional District Democratic Organization 14th Congressional District Democratic Organization UAW Region 1A The AFL-CIO Rated Well Qualified by the Wolverine Bar Association Wayne County Democratic Black Caucus
I would consider the circumstances of the crime, previous criminal history, and the current status of the defendant and victim.
First I would talk to the counsel at sidebar and ask them to consider adding a more competent co-counsel. If they refuse and the case continues (and the level of incompetence is directly interfering with the party's ability to have a far trial) I will find good cause to remove the lawyer myself.
Wayne County Criminal Advocacy Program - Board Member.

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