To understand Faith Simmons Johnson, you have to know something about her father.
Benjamin Simmons Sr. had 13 children. He worked a lot of jobs to keep his family fed and clothed. He refused to accept welfare and handouts. He was a lifelong Democrat.
And he is why Dallas’ newly appointed district attorney is a Republican. Johnson says her father, more than anyone else, inspired her values, her worth ethic and her belief that people must be responsible for their own actions and full of determination to succeed…..
Johnson was re-elected several times and remained a judge for 17 years until she lost in 2006 when Democrats swept the courthouse races. She spent the last 10 years in private practice. She could have switched to the blue team and won back a seat on the bench. But she’s too loyal to her party to make such a move — even though other judges did. She was a delegate in 2000 for the national GOP convention…..
Admonishment after courtroom party
Johnson said she’s sensitive to the needs of others but tough. As a judge, she would hand down sentences that sometimes surprised defendants because she’d been polite and kind to them in court.
“When I put that hammer down and give them a life sentence,” she said, “they’d say, ‘Wait a minute — I thought you were a nice person.’ ”
She once threw a party in her courtroom to celebrate the capture of a man who’d fled during a trial. He’d previously been convicted of murder. She sentenced him to life in prison in his absence.
Her celebration, complete with cake and balloons, earned her a public admonishment from the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct in 2005. She later apologized.