WHY I’m RUNNING
My name is Tom Handley I’m running for Ramsey County District Court Judge, I have the experience, balance and work ethic to immediately step in and do the job. My extensive experience as a lawyer has prepared me for this challenge. I have no sponsors or benefactors; I am not asking for or accepting any financial donations from any source. As a result, I can render decisions without fear or favor.
Many public defenders have served with distinction on the bench and a number are on the bench now. I would follow the law and all persons who came before the Court would be treated with the same dignity and respect.
“Be The Change”: Judges are appointed by the Governor based on recommendations from people who are also appointed and virtually unknown to the public. These Judges run unopposed for their entire career. I am running for this seat because I know I can do a better job. For the past twenty eight years I have represented people from all walks of life; that have no money, no voice and I have fought for them without regard to their race, gender, ethnicity or social status. I have fought for them the same way I will fight for you and the rule of law as a Judge in this community.
I am also a member of the recovery community which gives me helpful insights into every aspect of this process that I would not otherwise have. It means that I work daily on the emotional balance any Judge needs to effectively do their job.
80 % of the cases a Ramsey County Judge hears are criminal cases. How can people be appointed to a seat on the bench with little or no trial experience? Smoke filled rooms are not the best way to pick Judges. In the months leading up to this election let me make the case that I am right choice for this job.
- Bachelor of Arts Metropolitan State College of Denver 1984
- Paralegal Degree Denver Paralegal institute 1987
- Juris Doctorate Hamline University School of Law 1990
State v. Novicky 2006
This was a case that involved the Metro Gang Strike Force. I raised concerns in this case regarding the strike force before it was revealed there were major problems with the Metro Gang Strike Force. The Gang Strike Force was disbanded in 2009.
I also moved to suppress evidence of a warrantless search of a cell phone and the issue was raised on appeal years before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled a warrant was required to search a cell phone.
State v. Raleigh 2007
Murder of Ramsey County Probation Officer Howard Porter
Stood my ground on the ethical issues presented by The Ramsey County Public Defender’s office, the Court and the prosecution being involved in the prosecution of Howard Porter’s murderer. It was a conflict of interest for all of us to be involved in this case.
Based on my efforts the case was dismissed in Ramsey County and re-filed in Hennepin County
State v. Hoard 2008
Raised concerns regarding Saint Paul Crime Lab in 2008.
This was a case where the drugs seized from the defendant were not admitted into evidence. The reasoning from the crime lab was: they had the drugs but chose not to bring them to Court.
The defendant was convicted, we moved for a new trial, appealed the verdict and did a petition for review to the Minnesota Supreme court in 2010.
In 2012 the Saint Paul Crime Lab was disbanded based on their methods and practices.
State v. Cha Yang 2011
Criminal Sexual Conduct case dismissed.
Immigrant Asian client falsely accused of rape dismissed on the day of trial based on the investigation we conducted.
This person was factually 100 percent innocent of these charges.
State v. Brown. 2012
African American client falsely accused of raping a white woman and was extradited here from Florida based on a DNA hit.
Became clear the alleged victim was not telling the truth about being brutally raped by a stranger. We found cell phone records that showed the alleged victim and Mr. Brown had talked and texted each other the night of the alleged assault, there was no sexual assault.
This client was also 100 percent Not Guilty if we had not found those phone records he might have received many years in prison. The case was dismissed prior to trial.
State v. Haywood 2016
I tried the case that lead to the finding by the Minnesota Supreme Court that a BB gun was not a firearm. The result was based on the work of many people, but I played an important role.
Tom has three adult children, all in the Twin Cities, and a brand new Grandchild born in July 2018. He has a cat, Ms. Kitty, and dog Amelie, who double as his life coaches and campaign advisors. He enjoys golf and history; specifically U.S, baseball and military.
Tom is also a member of the recovery community which gives him helpful insights into every aspect of the legal process that he would not otherwise have. And a fun fact: Tom was written into a play by a former client of his who found recovery himself. It's a testament to the impact Tom had on his life and to the power of recovery.