DUTY ADDS THREE MORE LAW ENFORCEMENT ENDORSEMENTS

The Leander Law Enforcement Association, Hutto Police Officer’s Association and the Round Rock Police Association added their names to the list of Law Enforcement supporting Jana Duty. That makes it unanimous. EVERY Law Enforcement agency in Williamson County, including the Travis County Law Enforcement Association, has endorsed Jana Duty. These three endorsements join a united law enforcement community in their support of Duty’s candidacy.

Duty said “My opponent attempts to minimize these endorsements and has driven a wedge between himself and the Law Enforcement community. Mr. Crain knows he cannot win on the issues, so he resorts to playing fast and loose with the facts. And when that doesn’t work, he simply lies out of pure desperation.”

Duty went on to say “Week after week, our law enforcement and public safety community continue to rally around our cause. I can’t say enough how honored I am to have the support of EVERY endorsing Law Enforcement agency in Williamson County. Every day these brave professionals are on the front line protecting our communities keeping us safe. I am privileged to be the unanimous choice of our Public Safety and Law Enforcement community”.



Austin American Statesman Endorses Jana Duty

Duty The Best Choice To Lead District Attorney's Office

The Williamson County legal system is seriously damaged by perceptions that its felony prosecutors are more focused on winning convictions than obtaining justice. Fallout from the Michael Morton case undermines incumbent District Attorney John Bradley's arguments that Williamson County is tough but fundamentally fair.

Bradley has been a savvy, effective prosecutor and shrewd political operative at the Legislature. But the Morton case has damaged not only Bradley's image but his political fortunes, as well. That is apparent in the fundraising and endorsements opponent Jana Duty has compiled against a formidable incumbent who has not faced an opponent since 2002. Duty has been county attorney since 2005.

Morton spent 25 years in prison on a Williamson County murder conviction. Morton was arrested shortly after his wife, Christine, was found murdered in their home in 1986. The case against him was circumstantial, but it took 2 1/2 decades to right that wrong.

Bradley had a small but significant role in the Morton case. His decision to fight DNA testing resulted in compounding injustice instead of correcting it. The case has drawn national attention to flaws in the Texas justice system and put Williamson County at the center of that spotlight.

To be fair, Bradley was not the district attorney or even employed in that office when the Morton case was tried in 1987. Former District Attorney Ken Anderson, now a state district judge, prosecuted Morton. Anderson has come under scrutiny by the State Bar of Texas and a special court for alleged misconduct, including hiding evidence that would have helped Morton prove his innocence. Anderson maintains he did nothing illegal.

Bradley succeeded Anderson as district attorney and fought to prevent DNA testing of the Morton evidence. It took six years for an appeals court to rule in Morton's favor. Bradley's reputation took a big hit after test results unraveled the conviction. People questioned Bradley's motives in blocking DNA testing that might prove someone's innocence.

Bradley told us he fought DNA testing of a blood-stained bandana found near the Morton home because it had not been found at the crime scene, or properly collected or handled to protect it from contamination. Therefore, its value as evidence was compromised. True enough.

But he now acknowledges that it would have done no harm and been more prudent to test the bandana before dismissing its legal value. Authorities would have discovered years sooner that the bandana contained Christine Morton's DNA, as well as that of a stranger, Mark Alan Norwood, a man with a criminal history who has been connected to another murder of a woman killed in a similar manner to Christine Morton.

Aside from the Morton case, we expressed concern about Bradley's role in the Todd Willingham case as chairman of the Texas Forensic Science Commission.

As Gov. Rick Perry's appointee in 2009, Bradley seemed more interested in containing political damage to Perry than seeking the truth about whether Willingham was wrongfully convicted and executed in 2004. Willingham was convicted of setting the fire that killed his children, but many experts now believe that techniques used to determine that the blaze was arson were deeply flawed.

In recommending Duty, we cite improvements she has made in the county attorney's office, including making records available electronically and establishing an open file system. Duty has been vigilant in safeguarding victims of domestic violence, earning the endorsement of Williamson County's Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners. Since 2005, Duty says her office has doubled the amount of protective orders obtained for victims of family violence.

It speaks volumes about Duty's candidacy that she is endorsed by most of the Central Texas law enforcement associations. She has been endorsed by the Williamson County Sheriff's Association, Cedar Park Police Association, Austin Police Association and Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas, among others. Bradley has been endorsed by the Round Rock Police Officers Association and many elected officials.

As county attorney, Duty has been an independent leader who isn't shy about standing up to power. That has made her friends and enemies.

Williamson County Commissioners filed 20 grievances against Duty with the State Bar, which found she inappropriately released confidential information discussed in an executive session of the Commissioners Court. Of course, she shouldn't have done it, but then Michael Morton shouldn't have spent 25 years in jail for a crime he didn't commit.

Bradley says he has learned from the Morton case and evolved on issues regarding DNA and other matters because of it. Voters will have to decide if he gets another chance to demonstrate those lessons.

Duty's independence and willingness to throw elbows are plusses for Williamson County. There are enough doubts about the district attorney's office's ability to be fair, as well as tough, and seek justice even in settled cases, such as Morton's, to warrant a change.



Former Michael Morton Jury Foreman Announces Support for Duty

GEORGETOWN, TX - This morning, Mark Landrum officially announced his support of Jana Duty in her bid to unseat John Bradley for Williamson County District Attorney. Landrum was the jury foreman in the trial 25 years ago when Michael Morton was wrongfully convicted of the murder of his wife, Christine. He said he is endorsing Jana Duty because he believes John Bradley took a horrific situation and made it even worse for years by refusing to review and conduct DNA testing on a critical piece of evidence that ultimately exonerated Mr. Morton.


"Twenty-five years ago, evidence was withheld and an innocent man was sent to prison for almost half of his life. Years ago, when the news first started to surface that Mr. Morton was seeking DNA testing on the bandana, I contacted John Bradley to ask if we had convicted an innocent man. Bradley stated that Michael Morton was 'a desperate man grasping at straws' and 'there was nothing to Morton's claims'. In my opinion, Mr. Bradley was not concerned with finding the truth," Landrum said.

Landrum's endorsement comes just days after Duty received the endorsement of Caitlin Baker, the daughter of Debra Baker, a young mother who was viciously beaten and murdered in 1988. Mark Alan Norwood, the prime suspect in Debra Bakers brutal murder is also the same man who has been indicted for murdering Christine Morton two years earlier.

Norwood was allowed to live as a free man in Central Texas until the end of 2011 because of John Bradley's crusade to block DNA testing of the bloody bandana which ultimately proved Michael Morton's innocence. With absolute confidence that Morton was guilty, Bradley would often belittle Morton's attempts to exonerate himself, such as this passage in a 2009 letter to the parole board:

 "Ask Michael Morton if he has accepted responsibility for the murder of his wife by mercilessly beating her to death," Bradley wrote. "If he tells you that he now acknowledges he committed the crime, please notify me and I will reconsider my opposition to parole."

Landrum concluded, "It seems that John Bradley was more concerned with reputations than seeking justice. I believe Williamson County deserves better and hope that voters make the correct choice on May 29th".

 
Daughter of Murder Victim Endorses Jana Duty

GEORGETOWN, TX - Today, Caitlin Baker announced her endorsement of Jana Duty for Williamson County District Attorney.  She is the daughter of Debra Baker, a young mother who was viciously beaten and murdered in 1988.  Mark Alan Norwood, the prime suspect in Debra Bakers brutal murder is also the same man who has been indicted for murdering Christine Morton two years earlier. Norwood was allowed to live as a free man until 2011 while Michael Morton, Christine’s husband, sat in prison because District Attorney John Bradley chose to block DNA testing of critical evidence that eventually proved Morton’s innocence. 

Baker said she has chosen to get involved in the political process and endorse Duty because even though nothing can bring her mother back, she hopes that she can play a small role in ensuring that the same tragic story does not befall others in Central Texas.

“I lost my mother because former District Attorney Ken Anderson withheld evidence that would have exonerated Mr. Morton and led to the capture of Mark Alan Norwood,” Baker said.  “For years District Attorney John Bradley continued to deny any justice for those of us who were victims of Norwood’s violence by blocking DNA testing in order to cover up for his mentor. It took a court order, 25 years after Mrs. Morton’s murder, to finally get to the truth and get Norwood behind bars.”

Baker went on to say “For 25 years, Mr. Morton sat in prison while I grew up without a mother. I’ve often wondered how many other families have been victimized and torn apart by this monster because Bradley suppressed evidence and fought so mightily over something as simple as a DNA test.”

“Jana Duty has promised to have a full open file discovery process if she is elected District Attorney. That is a great first step towards making sure something like this never happens again. I am obviously very skeptical about the entire criminal justice system because of what has happened to me and my family, but Ms. Duty has given me hope that we can create a system that protects victims and their families instead of corrupt politicians.”


Jana Duty Receives Endorsement from Round Rock Firefighters Association


GEORGETOWN, TX – Yet another public safety association has stepped forward to endorse Jana Duty in her bid to become the next District Attorney of Williamson County. Today, the Round Rock Firefighters Association announced that it has endorsed Jana Duty for Williamson County District Attorney in the May 29th Republican Primary.

Round Rock Firefighter and Association ...President Billy Colburn said, “Keeping the families of Williamson County safe is a combined effort. We need a District Attorney who will work in a positive manner with all public safety entities.”

Colburn went on to say “The law enforcement community has chosen Jana Duty to be the clear choice to represent Williamson County as the next District Attorney and now we join them.”

Duty responded to the latest endorsement, “I’m humbled to have the support of the Round Rock Firefighters and the law enforcement community. These brave men and women are out there on the front lines protecting our families every day. I am truly grateful for their support.”

Duty adds the Round Rock Firefighters Association to an extensive list of law enforcement endorsements including the Williamson County Sheriff’s Association, the Cedar Park Police Association, the Austin Police Association, the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas, the Travis County Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Association, The Texas State Fraternal Order of Police, former Williamson County District Attorney Ed Walsh and former District Attorney Grant Jones and the Williamson County Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners .


Duty Unanimously Endorsed by Williamson County's Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners

GEORGETOWN, TX - Today, the third day of National Crime Victims/Sexual Assault Awareness Week, all five of Williamson County's Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) announced their support of Jana Duty for District Attorney. These five highly trained registered nurses specialize in examining, evaluating, treating and documenting injuries of those who are victims of child abuse and neglect, child and adult sexual assault and elderly abuse. These nurses are stationed at area hospitals and some provide services at the Williamson County Children's Advocacy Center.

SANE examinations are vital in prosecuting assault crimes for three reasons; evidence, interviews and drafting reports for prosecution. Photographs of injuries provide hard evidence that a crime was committed. DNA evidence found during an exam also provides a solid connection between the victim and assailant. And finally, interviews conducted as part of the exam can be used during court proceedings.

SANE Nurse Evangeline Barefoot has practiced as a Registered Nurse for the past 20 years and as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner for 17 years. She is a charter member of the Williamson County Sexual Assault Response Team founded in 1998. She has her BS in Nursing and is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Criminal Justice.

Ms. Barefoot said, "A positive relationship between the SANE nurses and our County and District Attorney is very important in order to provide effective services to our victims. We have a very positive rapport with Jana Duty. On the other hand, we cannot say the same for John Bradley, and that limits our capacity to provide services of which we have specialized training."

Ms. Barefoot went on to say, "A District Attorney's job is to seek justice and assure that victims have their day in court. Under Mr. Bradley's leadership, there is a fundamental breakdown and a level of compassion that is missing which leaves many of our victims, both adults and children, without hope and without a voice."

SANE Nurse Linda Galvan added, "We look forward to having Ms. Duty transition into the District Attorney's office. She has proven to be an advocate for victims and above all else, knows it is a prosecutor's job to seek justice. We are confident that when she takes office, victims will finally receive the justice they deserve."

Duty said of the endorsements, "I am honored to be the choice of law enforcement but the endorsements from these nurses take on a special meaning. These SANE professionals are on the front line and recognize that there is a fundamental flaw in our District Attorney's office when it comes to seeking justice for victims of crime. Under my leadership, that is going to change. I will ensure our Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, law enforcement and all crime victim advocates have a positive partnership with the District Attorney's Office and will work with them as a team in order to assure victims have a voice and that they receive the justice they deserve."

The unanimous SANE endorsements join a united law enforcement community in their support of Duty's candidacy. She has been endorsed by the Williamson County Sheriff's Association, the Cedar Park Police Association, the Austin Police Association, the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas, the Travis County Sheriff's Law Enforcement Association, The Texas State Fraternal Order of Police, former Williamson County District Attorney Ed Walsh and former District Attorney Grant Jones.


Grassroots Conservative Leader Peggy Venable Endorses Jana Duty

 GEORGETOWN, TX – Today Peggy Venable, one of the leading voices in the grassroots conservative movement, announced her personal endorsement of Jana Duty for Williamson County District Attorney. A native Texan, Venable served in three different Presidential Administrations. After working ...on the Reagan/Bush campaign in 1979, she served as the first White House Liaison for Education under President Ronald Reagan. She worked at the Republican National Committee and also served as director of the 1984 Republican National Convention.

Venable has lived in Round Rock for almost 20 years and is Texas director of Americans for Prosperity which boasts over 110,000 members and supports free market public policies. She has worked in public policy and in the political arena for 30 years, including as the Texas director of Citizens for a Sound Economy. Well known across the state, Venable has been widely published in newspapers and heard regularly on talk radio. In 2010, the national magazine Campaigns and Elections named Venable as one of the top 25 “Texas influencers.” Venable said she chose to endorse Duty because conservative Republicans need to rally behind those who work to root out corruption and fight to put taxpayers in control of government.

“I have dedicated my career to helping citizens be actively engaged in the public policy process and to making government accountable to the people,” Venable said. “Jana Duty is a true public servant. She ran for office in 2004 to hold the good-old-boy system at the courthouse accountable, to safeguard our tax dollars and to seek justice for the victims of crime in Williamson County. Jana has done that and more, so when taxpayers are looking for a champion in our county, they need look no further than Jana Duty. This race for District Attorney is one of the most important campaigns in this county in many years, so I hope everyone who is interested in honesty and integrity in their government will join me and vote for Jana Duty in the Republican Primary.”

Jana Duty Endorsed by the Combined Law Enforcement Assocations of Texas

Jana Duty Receives Endorsement from State’s Largest Law Enforcement Association

GEORGETOWN, TX – The Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (C.L.E.A.T.) today announced that it has endorsed Jana Duty for Williamson County District Attorney in the May 29th Republican Primary.  C.L.E.A.T. is the state’s largest law enforcement association with over 18,500 members.

While incumbent John Bradley has only managed one law enforcement endorsement, Duty adds C.L.E.A.T. to an extensive list of law enforcement endorsements including the Williamson County Sheriff’s Association, the Cedar Park Police Association, the Austin Police Association, the Travis County Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Association, The Texas State Fraternal Order of Police and former District Attorneys Ed Walsh and Grant Jones. 

Entering the final two months of the campaign, Duty is the overwhelming choice of the law enforcement community to become the next District Attorney.  She said she believes the near unanimous support is a sign of both her commitment to seeking justice for victims of crime and John Bradley’s disregard for the work of Williamson County’s front line officers.

“The law enforcement community knows better than anyone else that there are serious problems with the District Attorney’s office” said Duty.  “Instead of seeking justice, John Bradley has dismissed or reduced 36% of his felony cases to misdemeanors and passed them off to my office.  He aggressively fought against DNA testing for Michael Morton, a man wrongfully imprisoned for over two decades for murder.  The whole time the real killer remained on the loose.  And he has repeatedly refused to prosecute his buddies at the courthouse for their blatant violations of the law.  These are not the actions of a tough prosecutor, but instead are the actions of a self-serving politician.

“I want to thank the law enforcement community for uniting to support my candidacy, and I want to reiterate my pledge to the people of Williamson County to bring honesty and integrity back to the D.A.’s office, to see that everyone is treated evenly and fairly under the law and to continue fighting to protect our families as I have done as County Attorney.”



Jana Duty Endorsed By The Austin Police Association

 

GEORGETOWN, TX – The Austin Police Association today announced that it has endorsed Jana Duty for Williamson County District Attorney in the May 29th... Republican Primary. Chairman Andrew Romero said they chose to endorse Duty because of her track record of seeking justice for victims of crime and because of her commitment to supporting the work of the Central Texas law enforcement community.

“Jana Duty has a reputation as being fair, hard-working, and supportive of the men and woman who keep the community safe. We proudly stand with her and look forward to working with her as the new District Attorney,” said Romero.

Romero went on to say “It’s important that the law enforcement community has complete faith that the District Attorney will stand with them shoulder-to-shoulder, through thick and thin.”

Duty adds the Austin Police Association to an extensive list of law enforcement endorsements including the Williamson County Sheriff’s Association, the Cedar Park Police Association, the Travis County Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Association, The Texas State Fraternal Order of Police and former District Attorneys Ed Walsh and Grant Jones. Duty said she is honored to be the clear choice of the law enforcement community.

“I am truly honored to have the support of the brave men and women in our law enforcement community.” Duty said. “These brave men and women are out there on the front lines protecting our families. It is important they have a partner in the District Attorney’s Office who will work with them as a team to keep our community safe.”




Jana Duty Receives Statewide Law Enforcement Endorsement

GEORGETOWN, TX – In a surprise move, a statewide law enforcement association has decided to jump into the Williamson County District Attorney’s race.  Today the Texas Fraternal Order of Police announced their endorsement of Jana Duty.  The Fraternal Order of Police is the world's largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, with more than 325,000 members in more than 2,100 lodges. Texas FOP President Frank Plowick said the decision to endorse Duty stemmed from the association’s motto: "Jus Fidus Libertatum" which translates to "Law is the Safeguard of Freedom.”

“Our communities cannot remain safe unless the rule of law prevails,” said Plowick. “The job of a District Attorney is to seek the truth and to see that justice is done; even if it is at their own personal detriment. Public service is a calling which sometimes requires great sacrifices. The current District Attorney has driven a wedge between law enforcement and the District Attorney’s office. There must be a positive working relationship between law enforcement and the District Attorney’s office to assure we keep our communities safe and law enforcement has always had that solid rapport with Jana Duty and her office. Jana Duty’s record in office is a testament to our motto, so we are proud to stand with her and look forward to working with her as the new Williamson County District Attorney. ”

Duty adds the Texas Fraternal Order of Police to an extensive list of law enforcement endorsements including the Williamson County Sheriff’s Association, the Cedar Park Police Association, the Travis County Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Association, and former District Attorneys Ed Walsh and Grant Jones. Duty said she is honored to be the clear choice of the law enforcement community.

“Week after week, the brave men and women of our law enforcement community continue to rally around our cause,” Duty said.  “They understand that the District Attorney’s office is in serious need of reform, and I welcome their support.”

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Travis County Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Association Endorses Jana Duty
 

Yet another law enforcement association has stepped forward to endorse Jana Duty in her bid to become the next District Attorney of Williamson County.  Today, the Travis County Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Association officially endorsed her candidacy; joining the Williamson County Sheriff’s Association, the Cedar Park Police Association, and former District Attorneys Ed Walsh and Grant Jones.

Senior Sheriff’s Deputy Brett Spicer said, “Keeping the families of Central Texas safe is a collaborative effort.  We need to have a good working relationship with law enforcement officials in our neighboring counties, especially places like Williamson County where the population continues to grow so rapidly.  Growing communities present unique challenges for law enforcement agencies, and we’re confident, based on her record of service as the County Attorney, that Jana Duty will continue to be a strong advocate for victims as the next District Attorney.

Williamson County Sheriff’s Association President Ron Cole agrees and said their decision to endorse Duty was also based on her commitment to seeking justice as County Attorney.

Jana Duty had shown a strong personal dedication and an unending pursuit for Justice,” Cole said.  “Jana as the County Attorney has assembled an outstanding staff that fights for the rights of victims by prosecuting cases seeking justice. Her concern and dedication to protecting victims of crime has been a credit to herself and her staff.”

The Cedar Park Police Association President Justin Miller stated “We believe Jana Duty to be the clear choice to represent Williamson County as District Attorney. Jana has proven to be an advocate for law enforcement and justice in Williamson County. The Cedar Park Police Association respects the determination and commitment Jana brings to the office and looks forward to her continued success.”

Duty has served as the Williamson County Attorney since 2005 where she prosecutes misdemeanor and felony crimes. During her tenure in office, she has more than doubled the amount of protective orders obtained for victims of family violence, saved millions of tax dollars through innovations and efficiencies, and implemented checks and balances to insure government transparency.

Duty responded to the latest endorsement, “I’m thrilled to have the support of the Travis County Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Association. While John Bradley grandstands at political forums, taking credit for the safety of our community, it’s really brave men and women like these who are out there on the front lines protecting our families. They need partners in their effort who will seek justice and put the public interest above their political career and that of their friends.  I will bring honesty and integrity back to the D.A.’s office, and I’m grateful to have the law enforcement community standing behind me.”

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Jana Duty Endorsed by Former District Attorney Grant Jones

GEORGETOWN, TX – Today former District Attorney Grant Jones announced his endorsement of Jana Duty for Williamson County District Attorney.  Jones served as the District Attorney of Nueces, Kleberg and Kenedy counties from 1983 to 1991. Jones and his wife are in the process of re-locating and will soon be new residents of Sun City in Georgetown.

Jones said he has strong reasons for endorsing Duty. “When a prosecutor takes office he takes an oath that he will preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. The Code of Criminal Procedure imposes a statutory duty on prosecutors ‘It shall be the primary duty of all prosecuting attorneys, including any special prosecutors, not to convict, but to see that justice is done’. The official oath is not just a formality and the words from the Code of Criminal Procedure are not just words on paper. The Morton Case raises a serious question as to whether the incumbent was faithful to his statutory duty and his oath of office. Cases like Morton create disrespect for the law and raise serious concerns about the integrity of the criminal justice system. We don't need this.”

Jones went on to say “That is why I am extremely pleased to see Jana Duty enter this race. I believe Jana Duty is a person of high personal integrity and is committed to the cause of justice. She understands that law enforcement is not automatic, that it isn't blind or arbitrary, and that the truth matters. As County Attorney Jana Duty has proven herself to be an able attorney and administrator and is well qualified for the office she seeks.”

Duty said of the endorsement, “I’m really pleased to hear that Mr. Jones is moving to our community, and I want to thank him for his support and his commitment to justice. When I first began this race, I assumed that I wouldn’t receive any endorsements. John Bradley has a long track record of using fear and intimidation to keep his opponents silent, and he’s been trying to strong arm the law enforcement community into withdrawing their support.  I’m glad they are sticking to their guns, because it sends a strong signal that business-as-usual will no longer be tolerated.”

Jones, a native of Corpus Christi, had a distinguished career as a prosecutor.  He was also a Staff Attorney for Thirteenth Court of Appeals, he is a member of the Corpus Christi Bar Association and he is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Duty adds Jones’ endorsement to a growing list of support in the law enforcement community. She has also received the endorsement of the Williamson County Sheriff’s Association, the Cedar Park Police Association and former Williamson County District Attorney Ed Walsh. 


 Jana Duty Endorsed by Former Williamson County District Attorney Ed Walsh

 

GEORGETOWN, TX – Today Ed Walsh announced his endorsement of Jana Duty for Williamson County District Attorney, an office that he once held.  Walsh, who is now a private practice attorney in Round Rock, served as the District Attorney from 1977 to 1985.  He said he is endorsing Duty because she is the most capable person of rebuilding the public’s trust in an office that has been damaged by the leadership and actions of John Bradley.

“Regrettably we live in a county where the public has come to question the motives of our District Attorney,” said Walsh.  “In order for our justice system to work properly, it is imperative that our elected leaders hold themselves to the highest standard.  Even the appearance of impropriety is unacceptable.  Jana’s honesty and integrity is beyond reproach, and her record of seeking justice for victims as our County Attorney speaks volumes as to the type of District Attorney she will be.”

Walsh, a native of Round Rock and a U.S. Army veteran, had a distinguished career as a prosecutor.  He was honored as the “Prosecutor of the Year” in 1983 by the Texan’s War on Drugs Committee, and he was named the “Outstanding Prosecutor for the State of Texas” in 1984 by the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar.  He is also a former Director of the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association and he is a Past President of the Williamson County Bar Association.  Walsh said his decision to endorse Duty was not one that he took lightly.

“I will not put my name behind someone unless I have the utmost confidence in their ability and integrity,” Walsh continued.  “Jana Duty is the genuine article.  Her dedication to the pursuit of justice, which at times has come at a great personal sacrifice, is admirable.  During her time in office, she has more than doubled the amount of protective orders obtained for victims of family violence, saved millions of our tax dollars and tirelessly advocated for better checks and balances and government transparency.  This is what we need more of at the courthouse if we are to restore the public’s faith in the District Attorney’s office.”

Duty adds Walsh’s endorsement to a growing list of support in the law enforcement community.  In the last week and a half, she has also received the endorsement of the Williamson County Sheriff’s Association and the Cedar Park Police Association. 

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Jana Duty Endorsed for D.A. by the Cedar Park Police Association

GEORGETOWN, TX – Republican Jana Duty’s campaign for District Attorney continued to gain momentum today when she received the endorsement of the Cedar Park Police Association. This important endorsement comes on the heels of the Williamson County Sheriff’s Association who announced their support of Duty last week.

The Cedar Park Police Association President Justin Miller said, “We believe Jana Duty to be the clear choice to represent Williamson County as District Attorney. Jana has proven to be an advocate for law enforcement and justice in Williamson County. The Cedar Park Police Association respects the determination and commitment Jana brings to the office and looks forward to her continued success.” 

Duty responded to the association’s unanimous vote to endorse her candidacy, “Once again, I am truly honored to have the support of our law enforcement community. Not only are these brave men and women taking a risk every day when they go to work to protect us, but they are also taking a political risk by opposing John Bradley and the good old boys at the courthouse. Make no mistake about it, these law enforcement associations are being strong-armed and bullied into changing their minds, but they believe, as I do, that the stakes in this election are simply too high to allow the politics of fear to prevail. Together we can restore honesty and integrity to the D.A.’s office, and I’m grateful to have the Cedar Park Police Association in my corner.” 

Duty has served as the Williamson County Attorney since 2005 where she prosecutes misdemeanor and felony crimes. During her tenure in office, she has more than doubled the amount of protective orders obtained for victims of family violence, saved millions of tax dollars through innovations and efficiencies, and implemented checks and balances to insure government transparency.

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Jana Duty Endorsed for D.A. by Williamson County Sheriff’s Association

GEORGETOWN, TX – The law enforcement community is beginning to line up behind Republican Jana Duty in her bid to become the next Williamson County District Attorney.  Today the Williamson County Sheriff Association announced their endorsement of Duty against long-time incumbent John Bradley.  Association president Ron Cole said they chose to endorse Duty because of her commitment to seeking justice and her track record as County Attorney of being an advocate for victim’s rights.

“Jana Duty had shown a strong personal dedication and an unending pursuit for Justice,” Cole said. “Jana as the County Attorney has assembled an outstanding staff that fights for the rights of victims by prosecuting cases seeking justice. Her concern and dedication to protecting victims of crime has been a credit to herself and her staff.  Jana has been a long-standing supporter of Law Enforcement. Jana understands that without Truth there is no Justice.  It is the decision of Williamson County Sheriff Association to Endorse & Support Jana Duty for the position of District Attorney of Williamson County. We look forward to her future successes!”

Duty has served as the Williamson County Attorney since 2005 where she prosecutes misdemeanor and felony crimes. During her tenure in office, she has more than doubled the amount of protective orders obtained for victims of family violence, saved millions of tax dollars through innovations and efficiencies, and implemented checks and balances to insure government transparency.

Duty responded to the endorsement, “It’s an honor to receive such an important endorsement from the men and women who put their lives on the line everyday to protect us. They understand that the District Attorney’s office is in serious need of reform, and I welcome their support. It’s gratifying to see the law enforcement community rallying around our cause."

“My pledge to the people of Williamson County is to bring honesty and integrity back to the D.A.’s office, to see that everyone is treated evenly and fairly under the law and to continue fighting to protect our families as I have done as County Attorney. This endorsement will go a long way towards that end.”

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