I BELIEVE IN CHANGE

Dear Friends and Fellow Supporters:

I am thrilled to inform you of my decision to run as a Democratic Candidate for Judge of Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 3, in the March 3, 2020 primary. As some of you may know, I was a Dallas County Democratic Candidate for District Attorney in 2018 and lost by only a few votes. However, I am confident that my 26 years of legal experience and 20 years held in the Judicial Office will prove to illustrate my capabilities as a reliable and determined candidate in the March primary.

  • 20 years of Judicial Experience

  • 26 years of Legal Experience

  • Proven Champion for Justice

  • Community Connected

When elected for Judge, it is my goal to bring balance to the highest Criminal Court in the State of Texas and ensure fairness in the trial process and sentencing.

Please join me in the fight for justice and vote for Elizabeth Davis Frizell, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 3. Let’s go ALL the way.

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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail

ADDRESS DISPARATE SENTENCING

Some defendants receive longer sentences than others for the same or similar offenses.

My experience as a trial lawyer and Judge will allow me to assess whether trial court judges throughout Texas are permitting mitigating circumstances to be considered during the sentencing phase of trials such as mental health issues and drug addictions that may reduce the length of sentences and the type of treatment defendants receive, which will help reduce mass incarceration.

ADDRESS DEATH PENALTY CASES

Some defendants receive the death penalty for cases that should be life sentences.  In the State of Texas the law provides for a defendant to receive the death penalty under the law of parties even if they are not the person who used the weapon in murder cases. Although murders are committed by wealthy and lower income defendants, the majority of people on death row are from impoverished communities and have not completed high school.

I will focus on death penalty cases to ensure defendants have fair trials and that objections to questions and evidence are properly ruled on.  I will also allow claims of actual innocence to be fully presented and argued at the appellate level after trial and incarceration.  

REDUCE WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS

Dallas County leads the nation in wrongful convictions and Texas leads the nation in incarcerating defendants. Many defendants in Texas have been freed after serving decades in prison after DNA testing, faulty identifications and improvements in scientific theories have proven the defendant innocent of the charge.

In reviewing trial court rulings, I will ensure that errors that affect the outcome of cases are reversible based on the law and the facts of each individual case. My goal is to prevent wrongful convictions at the trial court level, before defendants serve time in prison for offenses they did not commit.