Job descriptionOversees criminal investigations and prosecutions. Term is four years.
DutiesProsecutes criminal cases in district criminal courts; investigates and prepares misdemeanor and felony cases for trial.
Note: criminal law deals with behavior that is an offense against the public, society, or the state—even if the victim is an individual.
Provides legal counsel to county officials, and represents the county in civil matters.
Note: civil law deals with behavior that injures an individual or other private party, such as a corporation. Assists family violence victims with protective orders.
Represents the state in mental health commitments.
Civil law deals with behavior that injures an individual or other private party, such as a corporation.
Annual salary$56,655

Who’s Running?

Albert John Roberts

https://www.albertjohnroberts.com
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Email: albertrobertsforda@gmail.com

Albert Roberts Campaign
P.O. Box 24615
Fort Worth, Texas 76124
Democrat
Sharen Wilson (incumbent)

https://www.sharenwilson.com
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Republican

Candidate Q&A

Note: Answers to questions will appear as they are received from the candidates.

1. WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION AND EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND? WHAT EXPERIENCES DO YOU HAVE THAT MAKE YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE?
Albert John Roberts Answer:
I am currently in private practice at the Scott & Roberts Law Firm, PLLC and practice primarily criminal defense. I earned my high school diploma from Dunbar High School in Fort Worth, Texas. I earned my Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas. I earned my Juris Doctor from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. I have spent the vast majority of my legal career working as a prosecutor in both the Dallas County District Attorney's Office and the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office.
Sharen Wilson Answer:
2. WHAT PERCENTAGE OF YOUR CAMPAIGN DONATIONS COMES FROM INDIVIDUALS? WHAT PERCENTAGE COMES FROM PACs?
Albert John Roberts Answer:
Sharen Wilson Answer:
3. DO YOU FEEL THE WAR ON DRUGS HAS BEEN EFFECTIVE OR INEFFECTIVE?
Albert John Roberts Answer:
Ineffective. The "War on Drugs" began in the early 70's and is the longest "war" that America has been continuously engaged in. It is actually a war on people and there are people in prison right now serving life sentences for drug crimes. The "War on Drugs" has historically disproportionately oppressed communities of color and caused those communities to suffer by sending fathers and mothers to prison unnecessarily at times without second chances or rehabilitation. This war has led to "for profit prisons" across the country including Texas whereby stockholders are getting rich while those affected unnecessarily remain incarcerated.
Sharen Wilson Answer:
4. WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE ARE THE CAUSES OF THE HIGH RATES OF MINORITY INCARCERATION?
Albert John Roberts Answer:
Drugs, Poverty, Draconian Laws, Institutionalized Racism, School to Prison Pipeline.
Sharen Wilson Answer:
5. WHAT ARE YOUR VIEWS ON WHETHER THE COURT, AS A WHOLE, DEALS EFFECTIVELY WITH RACIAL AND GENDER BIAS?
Albert John Roberts Answer:
Although the Constitution guarantees equal protection under the law regardless of race or gender, the bias still exist everyday in the courts. The system is not perfect, courts needs to acknowledge the bias exists, courts need to be monitored closely for bias and Improvements are continuously needed to eradicate those same bias.
Sharen Wilson Answer:
6. DESCRIBE YOUR POSITION ON WHAT ROLE STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES SHOULD PLAY IN FEDERAL IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT. ADDRESS ISSUES SUCH AS SB4, PASSED BY THE 2017 LEGISLATURE.
Albert John Roberts Answer:
I believe law enforcement agencies have to work together for the public good. I believe the reason there are local laws, state laws and federal laws is for the public good. However, undocumented communities are at times unfairly caused a lot of pain and grief if parents are unnecessarily separated from their children because of a broken federal immigration system. It is necessary for the undocumented communities to feel safe at work, in school, at church and in the reporting of crimes that occur without fear of unnecessary federal immigration enforcement. SB4 in my opinion was a law that the Texas legislature passed in an attempt to try to address the federal government failure at comprehensive immigration reform. I am not in favor of local law enforcement agencies enforcement of broken federal immigration laws.
Sharen Wilson Answer:
OTHER COMMENTS
Albert John Roberts Answer:
I believe that the citizens of Tarrant County deserve a District Attorney who will ensure that justice is served, ensure that justice is fair, and ensure that justice is smart and accountable.
More Safety, More Accountability, Reform Bail and Less Jail
I also believe that if we can end the war on poverty, and the failed war on drugs -- we can end mass incarceration. And that is my mission.
RECENT NEWS ARTICLES
“Tarrant County DA program offers young offenders a chance to get records expunged,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Oct 11, 2018)
https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article202486229.html?fbclid=IwAR0xHsubTMNcLPhpHPHRzm2lgJ0hCSt4XmPdZuT3rXaMLTgdVfwhBGiomGs

“DA Who Prosecuted Black Woman For Voting May Be Guilty Of Election Fraud,” NewsOne, 9/18/18
https://newsone.com/3827195/crystal-mason-district-attorney-voter-fraud/

“Beyond Incarceration: Albert John Roberts for Tarrant County District Attorney,” Millennial Politics (Sep 24, 2018)
https://millennialpolitics.co/albert-roberts/

“Woman at center of illegal voting case headed to federal prison for parole violation,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Aug 30, 2018)
https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article217577105.html

“Beyond Incarceration: Albert John Roberts for Tarrant County District Attorney,” Millennial Politics, 9/24/18
https://millennialpolitics.co/albert-roberts/