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July 15, 2012

What lawyers say about the DA candidates

The Wichita Eagle and Wichita Bar Association jointly sponsored a survey of attorneys about the candidates for Sedgwick County district attorney, Marc Bennett and Kevin O’Connor. The bar association sent the surveys to attorneys who appear in court, asking those who have professional knowledge and experience with the candidates to respond anonymously.

Marc Bennett

Question Total responses Strongly agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly disagree No opinion
Is fair. 161 73% 20% 2% 1% 2% 1%
Demonstrates knowledge of the law, including the rules of procedure and evidence. 161 78% 17% 2% 0% 1% 2%
Communicates orally and in writing in a clear and logical manner. 161 71% 22% 3% 0% 1% 2%
Clearly explains his/her legal position. 161 71% 22% 3% 0% 1% 2%
Is prepared for court. 161 76% 20% 2% 0% 1% 1%
Is respectful, courteous and professional. 161 80% 15% 1% 1% 1% 2%
Is punctual and demonstrates a fair work ethic. 161 73% 20% 2% 2% 0% 2%
Applies the law appropriately in arguments and objections. 161 68% 22% 2% 1% 1% 6%
Treats people fairly without regard to race, gender, or sexual orientation. 161 77% 18% 1% 0% 1% 2%
Is ethical. 161 78% 16% 2% 1% 1% 2%

Kevin O’Connor

Question Total responses Strongly agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly disagree No opinion
Is fair. 143 27% 24% 15% 25% 8% 1%
Demonstrates knowledge of the law, including the rules of procedure and evidence. 143 31% 44% 12% 9% 3% 0%
Communicates orally and in writing in a clear and logical manner. 143 28% 34% 17% 15% 1% 5%
Clearly explains his/her legal position. 143 31% 40% 10% 13% 2% 3%
Is prepared for court. 143 35% 39% 10% 11% 2% 3%
Is respectful, courteous and professional. 143 23% 14% 17% 22% 23% 1%
Is punctual and demonstrates a fair work ethic. 143 28% 39% 15% 10% 5% 3%
Applies the law appropriately in arguments and objections. 143 26% 35% 16% 15% 5% 3%
Treats people fairly without regard to race, gender, or sexual orientation. 143 29% 28% 18% 11% 10% 4%
Is ethical. 143 29% 32% 22% 7% 6% 3%

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