2012 CP P(D) Digital Dossier: Hall, Stephanie

2012 Digital Dossier: Hall, Stephanie Name: Stephanie N. Hall Date of Birth and Age on Election Day: 42 primary 43 election Political Party Affiliation: Democrat Home Address:  584 Wilkes Lane, Richmond Heights Spouse/Significant Other: Children:  one son Social/Civic/Club Affiliations: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc; Norman S. Minor Bar Association; East Cleveland Democratic Club II. Educational History St. Thomas University School of Law (LL.M. Intercultural Human Rights cum laude 2007) Cleveland Marshall College of Law (J.D. 2001) University of Cincinnati (Bachelor of Arts 1991) Cleveland Heights High School (1987) III. Professional Background Date first admitted to bar: Admitted in Ohio in November 2001. (Id.) Disciplinary history: No discipline on file with Supreme Court of Ohio. (Id.) Legal Experience: Foreclosure Magistrate in the Court of Common Pleas Assistant County Prosecutor, Cuyahoga County Private Practice Other Employment History: Police Officer for the City of Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University Instructor for the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission Instructor at Cuyahoga Community College Police Academy Instructor at Cleveland Heights Police Academy Instructor at Shaw High School Private Security Academy IV. Criminal Record and Civil Court Involvement Criminal Record: Nothing in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Civil Litigation: Nothing found in Cuyahoga County Bankruptcies: Chapter 7.  March 2011 Ethical Issues: None found.  No disciplinary record with the Ohio Supreme Court.V. Campaign Information Source of all of the following information is from the candidate’s filing form, available here on the web site of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Campaign Address: Friends of Stephanie N. Hall, 3376 Cedarbrook Road, Cleveland Heights, 44118 Campaign Officers/Participants: Steven Hall, Treasurer Prior Campaigns: None Prior Elected Offices: None Campaign Endorsements/Affiliations : Response to The Citizens League's QuestionnaireI.          Integrity 1. Have you ever held a position, public or private, where you were required to report gifts made to you or expenditures made on your behalf?  If so, when and where? I have never held a public or private position which required me to report gifts. 2. Has a complaint ever been filed against you, or any campaign committee acting on your behalf, in the Ohio Elections Commission, or Federal Elections Commission? No complaint has ever been filed against me or any campaign committee acting on my behalf in the Ohio Elections Commission or Federal Elections Commission. 3. What is the current balance in your campaign account? How much have you spent on your campaign?  Please identify the five individuals who have contributed the most to your campaign. The current balance in my campaign account if $100.  I have spent roughly $300.  At this time, no one has contributed to my campaign. 4. Have charges of professional misconduct been filed against you, including, if you have formerly served as a prosecutor, charges of prosecutorial misconduct?  If so, please explain the relevant circumstances. No charges of professional misconduct have been filed against me. 5. In the last ten years, have you been a party to any civil lawsuit?  If yes, please provide the case name and nature of the suit. I was a party to a civil lawsuit brought on by a creditor.  The complaint was dismissed. 6. Have you ever been convicted of a crime, other than a minor misdemeanor?  If yes, please provide the year and jurisdiction of the conviction. I have never been convicted of a crime. II.         Transparency 7. What steps do you believe can be taken at the county level to make access to public records easier? Cuyahoga County already has a website to assist the public in gaining public records relating to criminal and civil cases, domestic and probate to name a few.  I would provide a leaflet outlining the step by step format on how to access various departments and units through the Cuyahoga County website.  I would also provide the Prosecutor’s Office phone number is further assistance is needed. For public records that cannot be accessed from the web, i.e. police reports and drug analysis report, I would create a public records request form that would be available on line and at the office.  The individual requesting the public record would be required to complete the report.  I would strive to make the report available within 48-72 hours. 8. What steps do you believe can be taken to make the operation of the Prosecutor’s office more transparent? I intend to be very involved within the various communities throughout Cuyahoga County and to be accessible to the public to answer questions, complaints and concerns regarding the Prosecutor’s Office.  I will also require Assistant Prosecutor’s to attend community meetings and to continue expanding and enhancing the Community Based Prosecution Program. 9. Did you support the recent changes to permit more open discovery in criminal cases?  Explain your position. Yes, I supported the recent change to permit more open discovery in criminal cases.  Prior to open discovery, assistant prosecutor were required to read the police reports from start to finish to the defense attorney.  This practice was cumbersome and slow.  Open discovery allows the defense attorney to add the report to his/her files and discuss the facts with his/her client. III.       Efficiency 10.  Did you support Issue 6, the passage of which in 2009 resulted in the present structure of government in Cuyahoga County?  Explain why you held the position that you did at the time. I did not support Issue 6 which resulted in the present structure of county government.  I was apprehensive about the duties bestowed upon a county executive, his appointment powers and how the future of Cuyahoga County government would be affected.  I was also following the recommendation of various ward leaders and Democratic Party officials. 11.  Do you perceive opportunities for cooperation between local and county prosecutors that may result in greater efficiency and reduced costs? Yes, I perceive opportunities for cooperation between local and county prosecutors that may result in greater efficiency and reduced costs. IV.       Competence 12.  Describe your experience working in the criminal justice system. I have worked as a Cleveland Police for over 11 years, actively patrolling the streets of Cleveland.  I have made numerous arrests from simple assaults and DUIs to drug activity, rape, and attempted murder.  I worked as a Case Western Reserve University Police Officer for over a year and a half.  I was also a Cuyahoga County Assistant Prosecutor for 2 years. 13.  Have you ever run for or held public office? If so, please identify the office and the date of the election.  I have never run for public office. 14.  Describe your experience in administering or managing an organization, and provide details relating to the size and nature of the organization: I have managed a court docket of over 800 foreclosure cases as a Magistrate in the Court of Common Pleas.  I was responsible for analyzing, preparing and monitoring each case from the moment the case was filed to its final disposition. 15.  Have you participated in preparing a budget for a business, government organization, or non-profit organization?  If so, please generally describe that experience. I have not participated in preparing a budget for a business, etc. 16.  Have you dealt with public finance issues (i.e.  predicting tax revenues, bond issuance, etc.) in any prior position?  Describe your experience in public finance. If such experience is limited, please describe related experience. I have not dealt with public finance issues. 17.  Have you, or any business in which you held more than a 50% interest, ever filed for bankruptcy.  When, where? I filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy March 2011. 18.  In any prior position, have you developed, implemented or been in charge of enforcing an ethics policy for employees? If so, please describe. I have not had a position where I have developed or implemented an ethics policy for employees. 19.  Have you ever held a public position where you managed employees who were subject to civil service laws.  When?  Where? I have never held a public position where I managed employees who were subject to civil service laws. 20.  Have you ever held a public or private position where you managed employees who were subject to a collective bargaining agreement?  When, Where? I have never held a public or private position where I managed employees who were subject to a collective bargaining agreement. V.        Policy 21.  What philosophy will you follow in choosing to reach a plea agreement with a criminal defendant rather than proceeding to trial? Having served as an Assistant Prosecutor there is no one philosophy that I would follow for every criminal case in choosing to reach a plea agreement with a criminal defendant rather than proceeding to trial.  Each case would be decided and investigated on a case by case basis.  Factors that I would adhere to would be as follows:  nature of the crime, level of violence, cooperation by the victim and or witnesses and the competency of the officer which would be reflected in the police report and any supplemental reports accompany the original report. 22.  Do you believe, as a matter of policy and without regard to the status of existing law, that civil litigation involving the County is best handled by the office of the prosecutor rather than the office of the law director? Please explain your position. Yes, I agree as a matter of policy that civil litigation involving the County is best handled by an elected official, i.e. the Prosecutor and within the confines of the Prosecutor’s office.  It is imperative that litigation, either civil or criminal, involving the County be handled by an individual who can be held accountable by the citizens of Cuyahoga County and not by an individual who has been personally appointed by the County Executive. 23.  Should the County Prosecutor be investigating any unresolved issues relating to public corruption? If so, which open issues? No, the County Prosecutor should not start investigating any unresolved issues relating to the public corruption that the FBI has already maintained jurisdiction over unless the FBI relinquishes jurisdiction.  The Prosecutor should be ready, able and willing to assist the FBI if called upon by an agent to help and to fully cooperate with their investigation.  New developments or complaints unrelated to the ongoing corruption scandal shall be zealously investigated by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office. 24.  Are there areas where the County Prosecutor can trim its budget while maintaining the office’s ability to pursue its obligations?  The County Prosecutor’s office has maintained a trim budget.  The assistant prosecutors are paid minimally as compared to other county prosecutors.  At this time, I am not area of an area in the prosecutor’s office that can be trimmed and not affect the inner workings of the office. 25.  If you are elected, what will be your top three goals as Prosecutor? My top three goals are as follows: To give assistant prosecutors more authority to plea bargain non-violent felony 4s and felony 5s, including but not limited to, offering the defendant probation (community controlled sanctions) and diversion initiatives.  This would move cases along faster and resolve cases more efficiently. To develop a cohesive relationship between law enforcement agencies throughout the county and the prosecutor’s office which would include mandatory training with both, the officers and the assistant prosecutors, every two years highlighting the following topics:  laws of arrest, search and seizure, sexual assault investigation, use of force and civil liability to name a few.  This would facilitate more lawful and competent arrests and promote transparency in the prosecution’s case. To address the issue of over-charging defendants and to make sure the charge fits the crime and the articulable facts written in the police report meet the elements of the offense.  This would promote greater integrity in the criminal justice process. 26.  What are the most important steps that can be taken by the County Prosecutor to prevent the type of corruption that has recently taken place in local, county, and special governments?  The most important step that can be taken by the County Prosecutor to prevent the type of corruption that has taken place in Cuyahoga is to investigate with due diligence any complaint and/or evidence of corruption that comes directly to the forefront of the prosecutor’s office.  Also, it is important that the County Prosecutor maintain the role of law enforcement officer and not allow party affiliation or political relationships to triumph the Prosecutor’s executive authority. 27.  Do you support the proposed change to state law that would give prosecutors the right to demand a trial by jury? No.  At this time, I do not support the proposed change to state law that would give prosecutor’s the right to demand a trial by jury.  The criminal justice process has afforded the defendant the opportunity to waive the defendant’s Sixth Amendment right to a trial by jury and this waiver should not be interfered with at the expense of the defendant. 28.  Has the system changed adequately in response to the revelations following the arrest of Anthony Sowell on the issue of responsiveness to allegations of sexual assault?  What more, if anything, should be done? Yes, the system has changed adequately in response to the arrest and conviction of Anthony Sowell on the issue of police response and investigation of sexual assault claims.  I applaud the City of Cleveland’s hiring of a research and review board that conducted an independent study of police practices and handling of sexual assault and missing persons complaints.  Mandatory training is imperative.  See #25b.