Allentown, PA — Senior Deputy District Attorney Anna-Kristie Morffi Marks, who has been the voice for child victims in the Lehigh Valley for almost 12 years, announced she will be running for Judge in the Court of Common Pleas.
In front of large crowd filled with law enforcement officials, prosecutors, and family at the Allentown Police Department, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #10 in Allentown, PA, Morffi Marks explained,
“I have been blessed to have spent a large portion of my career being the voice for child victims. Now, I want to take my courtroom experience as a prosecutor in handling the toughest cases while staying fair and impartial, and provide a court where justice is both served and the rights of all are protected. I also want to take my life experiences as a daughter, mother and wife to hear both sides of every issue and find the proper balance, serving both justice and the community at the same time.”
While working at the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office, she has handled several thousand adult criminal cases, as well as over 1,200 juvenile cases. Initially, she handled a general criminal case docket comprised of drugs, thefts, forgery, and burglary cases. She then was assigned violent crimes including robberies and aggravated assaults. Her general conviction rate is over 97%. Currently, she is assigned to the special victims unit where she has handled some of the most high profile cases in the office. In this unit, her jury trials include a cold case baby homicide, rapes of children, stalking, aggravated assaults, indecent assaults on children, endangering the welfare of children, and corruption of minors. In this unit, Anna-Kristie has never lost a jury trial, and has over a 98% conviction rate.
Anna-Kristie is bilingual. If elected, she would be the first Spanish speaking Judge in Lehigh County. She was raised in the Lehigh Valley and attended St. Catharine’s of Siena and Parkland High School where she was one of two women who played on the Parkland Golf Team. She went on to receive her a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Latin American Studies at the University of Delaware. Along with being a Dolan Scholar at the University, she was presented the prestigious Woman of Promise Award in both her junior and senior year and the Grossman Leadership Award. She earned her law degree from Touro Law Center on Long Island, NY, where she was also a teaching assistant.
Anna-Kristie helped to establish the John Van Brakle Child Advocacy Center (CAC) at the Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital, Lehigh Valley Health Network. This center is the first hospital based CAC in the Lehigh Valley. She is a leading member of the multidisciplinary team of the CAC. This team focuses on the health and well being of all children. She also teaches the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners at Lehigh Valley Health Network.
At both national and international professional conferences, Anna-Kristie has presented on various criminal law topics. She also teaches legal topics to law enforcement cadets at the Allentown Police Academy.
Anna-Kristie presents a sexting prevention presentation in locals schools as well as to community and parent groups.
She resides in the Lehigh Valley with her husband, Michael Marks, Chief of Whitehall Township Police Department, and their two children.
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