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Justice, 1st Court of Appeals, Place 8

6-year term. Must be age 35-74 years, a U.S. Citizen, a Texas resident, licensed to practice law in Texas, a registered voter, and have at least 10 years experience as a lawyer or judge. Hears appeals on civil and criminal cases from lower courts in its district.Período de 6 años. Debe tener una edad de 35-74 años, ser ciudadano estadounidense, residente de Texas, con licencia para practicar leyes en Texas, ser un votante registrado y tener por lo menos 10 años de experiencia como abogado o juez. Escucha apelaciones en casos civiles y penales de tribunales de primera instancia en su distrito.
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    Richard Hightower (Dem) Lawyer

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Background: What training, experience, and characteristics qualify you for this position?

Access to Justice: What recent developments, such as improved DNA testing, provide opportunities to improve the state's indigent defense system in civil and criminal cases appealed from district and county courts?

Responsibilities: Which responsibility of a Court of Appeals justice and is your highest priority and how do you intend to accomplish it?

Campaign Phone (713) 626-5805
Twitter @VoteForRichard
Education Livingston High School, Livingston, Texas - 1974 Baylor University, B.A. - English - 1978 Baylor Law School, J.D. - 1980 Baylor Law Review - Notes and Comments Editor
36 years’ experience, with a significant background in public education, governance, and labor/employment law. Rated AV Preeminent (highest peer rating) in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards; Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly Magazine; Certified Mediator.
Courts may grant Habeas Corpus relief based on scientific evidence not available at trial or contradicted scientific evidence relied on by the State at trial. Defendants may file writs based on reliable scientific developments, whatever they may be, that comply with this general authority. This allows courts the opportunity to exonerate wrongfully incarcerated citizens.
Justices must follow the rule of law regardless of their personal opinions or beliefs. As a school district hearing officer/examiner, I have carefully followed the law when making difficult decisions concerning the rights of students, parents, teachers, administrators and school boards. Justices should avoid associations that may impair their ability to follow the law.
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