Dawn Zell Wright for District Attorney
Dawn Zell Wright, a community leader in Fort Bend County, devoted Republican, and experienced attorney, announces her campaign for the Office of District Attorney.
Dawn and her husband, Greg, are residents of Fort Bend County and proud parents to Rebekah, age 8, and Nicholas, age 5. Dawn is the principal of Zell Wright Law Offices, PLLC in Richmond, Texas, practicing Criminal Law, including felony, misdemeanor, juvenile, and post-conviction law. In addition, Wright has more than 10 years of experience handling Human Resources and Labor/Employment matters. Accordingly, Wright is up for the challenges of managing an office of over 100 employees and making the tough, but appropriate decisions that have to be made as the head of an agency tasked with prosecuting those who threaten the safety of the community we all enjoy.
“It’s about justice and fairness,” said Wright. “Holding the Office of District Attorney requires being tough on crime, but that toughness must be met with fairness. Currently, the District Attorney’s Office has sat by while other counties have been proactive in ensuring accused citizens’ rights. For example, when John Healey was notified by The Texas Department of Public Safety that one of its analysts falsified thousands of reports, calling into question hundreds of Fort Bend County convictions, he did nothing while the District Attorneys in our adjoining counties took great measures to right the wrong those harmed by the falsified reports suffered, including long prison sentences where no credible evidence existed. Hiding evidence, selective prosecution and a ‘conviction at any cost’ mentality is what led to the wrongful conviction and 25 years of incarceration Michael Morton endured in Williamson County. If we don't take immediate action, our county risks repeating the injustice bestowed upon Mr. Morton.”
“While fairness is a principle of utmost importance in meting out justice, the rights of victims and the cost to the taxpayers must also be kept in mind. Right now, the wheels of justice are at an almost stand-still. It's not unusual for a defendant awaiting trial to spend at least two years in our County Jail, a cost borne by the taxpayers, and agonizingly endured by crime victims. Trials should be had in a year or less. Justice must be served swiftly and efficiently to ensure our citizens’ safety and prosperity."
“Our county needs a District Attorney who ensures the integrity of the prosecutorial process,” Wright said. “That process requires the discretion to demand the stiffest sentences for our most dangerous criminals while balancing the need for fairness and understanding for those who make mistakes. I'm running for District Attorney because it is time for the District Attorney’s Office to be fair, balanced and dedicated to protecting the citizens of Fort Bend County.”
Questions or comments? Contact Dawn Zell Wright.