Committee for Judicial Integrity
nonpartisan, educational political action committee, reg. in
Box 952, Goliad, Texas 77963
Q: If Onuska loses the retention
election, what happens?
A: He will serve out the remainder of his term, which expires
Dec. 31. A committee composed of lawyers and laymen will be formed
to interview candidates who apply for the position. The committee
will draw up a list of candidates which it feels are qualified for
the position. The governor will then appoint an individual from
the list the committee prepares, to serve as district judge for
the next two years, when partisan elections will be held. At that
point, anyone who meets the statutory requirements to be a district
judge may run for the office. The winner of that election will serve
the remaining four years of the term. After a judge wins a partisan
election, to win an additional term of office he no longer faces
an opponent, but he must get at least 57 per cent of the voters
in his election to vote "yes" to his retention. The term
of office is six years.
Q: My aunt served on a jury in Onuska's court and said he acts
like he really knows his business. Is she mistaken?
A: Very. Onuska is a wonderful actor, PR man, and self-promoter.
If you want someone to play the part of a very active judge in a
movie, Central Casting could not send you a better actor for the
part than Paul Onuska. But a real judge must know the law, must
have the judgement to apply it to the facts, must be fair, and should
run his court with efficiency, courtesy and dignity. Sadly, as this
website proves, in all those areas Onuska is grossly deficient.
Q: A lot of the judges in lawyer shows (for example, Law &
Order) are pretty curt with attorneys. Aren't judges expected to
A: Even the rudest TV judge is not nearly as vicious as Onuska
(for example, see "Pit Day"). In the real world, most
district judges are very businesslike and pleasant in their dealings
with attorneys and witnesses. The New Mexico Code of Judicial Conduct
states "A judge shall be patient, dignified and courteous to
litigants, jurors, witnesses, lawyers and others with whom the judge
deals in the judge's official capacity . . . ."
Q: What is the deadline for registering to vote?
A: Oct. 8, 2002.
Q: When does absentee voting begin, and must one have a reason
to vote absentee?
A: Any registered voter may vote absentee, and no health or other
reason is required to vote absentee. Absentee voting starts September
26 and ends Nov. 2. You must go to the County Clerk's Office in
Aztec or Gallup to vote absentee, except that San Juan County voters
may also vote at other locations designated by the clerk from Oct.
16 until Nov. 2. Regular Election Day is Tuesday Nov. 5.