D'Metria Benson

D’Metria Benson completed her fourth and hopefully final scheduled fund raiser on September 23, 2014.  Confusingly, however, she reported over $12,000 in “event expense” in her Campaign Finance Report filed eight days before the election.

D’Metria’s campaign solicited funds over a sixteen month period from attorneys who practice in her Court. Attorneys who practice before D’Metria in County Court at Law Number One report feeling pressured to give.

Campaign fund raising strategies often include a ‘last minute’ appeal. The question is, was this urgent last minute need for donations, conceived in conjunction with the first solicitation in May of 2013. Did D’Metria have a Four Fundraiser Strategy from day one? That would be consistent with campaign strategies historically employed which automatically include an urgent last call request for donations/contributions.

Straight ticket party voting kept D’Metria Benson in office although the new District Attorney through extensive campaigning was able to defeat an incumbent.

D'Metria Benson Mandamus History at DMetriaBenson.Org

D’Metria Benson Mandamus Queen

 

D’Metria Benson County Court at Law Number One
Dallas Bar Association 2013 Judicial Poll

D’Metria Benson Ratings Per Question
Number of Responses Excellent Acceptable Needs Improvement No Opinion
Is this judge prepared for hearings and trial? 283 8% 12% 79% 1%
Does this judge issue opinions and orders without unnecessary delay? 284 6% 15% 76% 2%
Is this judge impartial? 282 9% 12% 77% 2%
Does this judge demonstrate adequate knowledge of the law? 281 6% 5% 88% 1%
Does this judge demonstrate a proper judicial temperament and demeanor? 284 7% 11% 80% 2%
Do you approve of this judge’s overall performance? 287 7% 7% 86% 0%

 

D’Metria Benson County Court at Law Number One
Dallas Bar Association 2011 Judicial Poll

D’Metria Benson
Number of Responses Excellent Acceptable Needs Improvement No Opinion
Is this judge prepared for hearings and trial? 379 9% 13% 75% 3%
Does this judge issue opinions and orders without unnecessary delay? 365 10% 13% 73% 4%
Is this judge impartial. 364 10% 12% 74% 3%
Does this Judge demonstrate an adequate knowledge of the law? 362 7% 8% 83% 1%
Does this Judge demonstrate a proper Judicial Temperment and Demeanor? 363 8% 15% 74% 2%
Do you approve of this Judge’s overall performance? 365 7% 7% 84% 1%

 

D’Metria Benson County Court at Law Number One
Dallas Bar Association 2009 Judicial Poll

D’Metria Benson Number of Responses Excellent Acceptable Needs Improvement No Opinion
Is this judge prepared for hearings and trial? 275 8% 14% 76% 3%
Does this judge issue opinions and orders without unnecessary delay? 275 8% 15% 72% 5%
Is this judge impartial. 271 9% 12% 76% 4%
Does this Judge demonstrate an adequate knowledge of the law? 272 6% 10% 82% 2%
Does this Judge demonstrate a proper Judicial Temperment and Demeanor? 270 6% 17% 73% 3%
Do you approve of this Judge’s overall performance? 275 6% 82% 81% 1%

 

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Dallas County Judicial Evaluation Poll

Is D’Metria Benson Impartial?*
2013: 77% Needs Improvement
2011: 74% Needs Improvement
2009: 76% Needs Improvement
See Full List of Donors Link Here

 

 

2013 – 14 D’Metria Benson Political Contributions Above $5,000 (Link Here) (Here 1/15/14) 2013 – 14 D’Metria Benson Political Contributions Law Firm $500 (Link Here)(Here 1/15/14) 2010 D’Metria Benson Political Contributions Above $1,000 (Link Here and Here)
2009 D’Metria Benson Political Contributions Above $1,000 (Link Here)(Here)
The Law Offices of Van Shaw: $6,000

2013 and 2014

Collen Myer, an associated added $5K in late September 2014.

 

Haynes & Boone PAC $5,000

 

Haynes & Boone Attorneys $1,300

2013 and 2014

 

Frank Branson P.C. $5,000

 

Melodee Armstrong

Doubles down with $5K with repeated solictations.

 

Lisa Blue Baron $5,000

 

Baron & Budd PC: $2,000 – Increased their donations with the repeated solicitations.  See Complete List.

 

Ben Abbott steps up to become a major donor.  See updated donation list.

Ben Abott:  $1,000, 4,000; Lawhr, 5000;

 

Domingo Garcia: $2500

Increased his donation sizeably in the last month of campaign. See Complete List.

 

Miller Weisbrod LLP:

$1000 5/28/13; $2500 9/16/13; $2500, 5/4/2014

 

Joe Kendall: Kendall Law Firm: $2500

 

Shamoren & Norman:

$1000 – 9/23/14; $1000 – 5/31/14/ $1000 – 9/25/14

 

Gary Berman $2,500

 

Bickel & Brewer $2500

 

Melodee Armstrong $2500 and $2500

At the last minute increased her donation sizeably.  See complete list.

 

Vinson Elkins $2,000

 

Karen Brooks $2500

 

Ted Lyon: 5/24/13 and 9/15/14 $1000 and $1000

 

Deans & Lyon $1000 10/2/13 and $1000 6/6/13; $100 9/27/2014

 

E. Leon Carter $1000 and $1000 5/4/2014 and 9/23/2013

 

Edward Sampson $1000 5/27/14 and $1000 5/3013

 

Gary Berman 6/1/2013 $1000; and $1000 10/1/2013

 

Ben Martin $1000 and $1000 September 2013 and September 2014

 

Henley & Henley P.C.  6/6/13 $1000; 4/29/14 $500

 

Payma Kuhnel & Smith $1500

 

Majanad & Abusaad $3836 Food for campaign event

Majanad & Abusaad $1000 Cash

 

Mary Burdin Mediator $950 9/27/2014

Ken Burdin $500

Burdin Mediations $500

Burdin Mediations $250

Ken Burdin $250

missing Mel Wolovitz $250
9/27/2014 Mel Wolovitz $250
5/24/2013 Mel Wolovitz $250
Cynthia F. Solls $250
Cynthia F. Solls $250
Cynthia Solls $250
Cynthia Solls $250
Cynthis Solls $250

William Blankenship $500 and $500

Settle & Pou PC $500 and $500

Korn Bowdich & Diaz $500 and $250

Richard Capshaw $500 and $250

Sommerman & Quesada $1000 and $500

 

Andrew L. Payne $1,000
Andrews & Kurth Txas PAC $1,000
Andrews Kurth LLP $1,000
Baker Botts Amicus Fund $1,000
Bary Berman $1,000
Bill Sims $1,000
Carl Tiller $1,000
Denyse F. Clancy $1,000
Freidman Feiger $1,000
General Duneis Warehousemon ??? $1,000
Geroge Bramblett $1,000
Godwin Lewis $1,000
Grant & Hicks PLLC $1,000
Henley & Henley $1,000
Hernandez Law PC $1,000
John Howie $1,000
John L. Langdon $1,000
Law Office of Julie Johnson $1,000
Lewis LeClair $1,000
Lynn Tillotson Pinter & Cox $1,000
M. Nawaz PC $1,000
Michael Payma $1,000
Mitchell Goff & Mitchell $1,000
Scott Frenkel $1,000
Sean S. Madjanad $1,000
Shombe A. Anderson PLLC $1,000
Sommerman & Quesada $1,000
Tom Carse $1,000

Tom Carse P.C. $500

Grier Raggio of Raggio & Raggio $700 

Fears & Nachawati

 

Carrington Coleman

 

Jackson Walker

 

McKey Morrison & Sanchez

 

Johnston Tobey

 

Sommerman & Quesada

 

Dunn Shehan

 

Hunton & Williams   $500

 

Gil Daley the THIRD!    $250

 

Fears & Nachawati (again)

Grady Chandler

Gilbert Mediations

Vassalo & Salazar

Scottie Ashley

Tom McCrory $750

Marc Lenahan

Thompson & Knight

The Marge Law Fimr

Mastrogiovani, Schorsch & Meskey

Korn Bodick & Diaz

Eberstein & Witherite

Tom Carse

Kristina Kastl

Jahid Niaz

Kane Russell Coleman & Logan

Bell Nunally & Martin LLP $250
Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP $250

 

 

Kendall Law Group $ 

Law Offices Van Shaw $2500

 

Miller, Cortis & Weisbrod $2,500

 

Ralph Canada $1,000

Rad Law Firm $1,000

Payma Kuhnel & Smith $1,000

Freidman & Feiger $1,000

Michael Metcalf $1,000

Fulbright & Jaworski $1,000

Munck Carter $1,000 (Leon Carter) now with Munck Wilson Mandala

Carl Tillery

Grant & Hicks

Gary G. Berman

Mitchell Goff Mitchell

Baron & Budd $5,000

 

Frank Branson $5,000

 

Haynes & Boone $5,000

 

Ben F. Abbott $5,000

 

Vinson & Elkins $2,000

 

Buchannan & Bellan $2,000

 

Stephen Malouf $1,000 (Link Here)

 

*It should be noted that D’Metria Benson perceives herself to be “fair” and “impartial.” D’Metria describes herself as “fair” and “impartial” on her campaign website over seven times!

Hacking, Scraping and DDOS Attacks

This site has suffered hacking, scraping and DDOS attacks.

  • The three hackings centered around the removal of caricatures (which D’Metria might inferentialy find offensive) from the sites and were all accomplished in the same fashion with the same access. One of those hackings was from Irving, Texas.  Documentation exits.
  • The DDOS attack came in conjunction with the review of a site by a law firm in Ohio that markets itself as a “Internet Defamation” law firm.  Immediately after their review of the site a DDOS attack ensued.  The site was destroyed in early September 2013, and rebuilt to return September 15, 2013.
  • The scraping occurred in conjunction with a monitoring of the site by a law firm in San Antonio that markets itself as “Campaign Finance” experts and email communications referencing the site to the George S. Allen Courts building mid-day that same day. It also coincided with review of the site from locations in New Jersey both before the scrape and afterwards.  This New Jersey group has continuously monitored the site.  Documentation exists.
  • The recent modification of page one of this site in Google to page four and/or five has been consistent with the ‘down time’ of the site – or being reportedly ‘off line.’  After rebuilding the site on October 25, 2014, the site returned to page one of Google.  That night at approximately one a.m. and five a.m. the next morning the site was ‘off line.’  It also returned to page five of Google.  This represents a much more sophisticated hack than the image removal.  Documentation exists.

DallasJudges.org — PlanoJudges.org

As a DIRECT RESULT of and in response to the scathing criticism received for ‘targeting’ D’Metria Benson and ‘focusing exclusively on’ D’Metria Benson, the decision has been made to create a website which makes political contributions to all Judges of Dallas County reviewable and internet accessible. Beginning with County Court Judges and then moving on to District Court Judges and Appellate Court Judges contributors will be listed at DallasJudges.org. It is time jurors had the opportunity for insight as to what may or may not motivate a judge – depending on the character of the judge.

It is obvious two groups of individuals have benefitted most from this webpage:

1. Jurors searching for information
2. Attorneys not from Dallas searching for information on opposing counsel

This information may not level the playing field but name searchable, easily readable internet access to campaign donors will contribute to an understanding of the dynamics in a courtroom. The current system of difficult to find and even more difficult to read contributors listed on multiple PDF’s is not helpful. The Dallas County internet portal is cumbersome and creates a barrier to ease of user access. This internet portal represents a publishing policy asymetrically biased in favor of donor anonymity. The Texas Tribune list is outdated and incomplete.

Thank you for your criticism; it was helpful.