I was disturbed and disappointed to read your article on Margaret Chen Kercher who is running for Travis County Court Number 4 ["A Question of Compassion for Travis County's Family Violence Court
," News, June 19]. To attack her as being unqualified for having zealously represented a person who was presumed to be innocent was not only unfair, it totally missed the point. The article implies that all people who are accused are guilty and that all people who defend them are guilty too. Sadly, victimization comes in many forms. Domestic violence is one way. Falsely accusing someone of it is another way. Both are dangerous. To protect the public against all forms of victimization, our courts need fair and impartial judges, not judges acting as advocates for either side. To take the position that Dimple Malhotra should be a judge because she used to prosecute the accused and that Margaret Chen Kercher should not be a judge because she defended the accused is demeaning to each of these candidates.
Scott C. Smith