Justice, 5th Court of Appeals, Place 10
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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Molly Francis (Rep)
Amanda Reichek (Dem)
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?
Which responsibility of a Court of Appeals justice and is your highest priority and how do you intend to accomplish it?
Baylor University 1978
Baylor Law School 1981
Graduate - Texas College for Judicial Studies
Texas A&M School of Law Adjunct Professor of legal writing, 2004-2006
Board Certified Criminal Law/Criminal Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Texas Judge 26 years;
5th District Court of Appeals Justice 16 years;
Felony & misdemeanor trial Judge 11 years;
Dallas County Prosecutor and Defense Attorney 9 years;
Elected by all Texas judges to lead the 2 major statewide judicial organizations.
Texas leads the country in criminal justice reforms including state oversight, regulation of the practice of forensic science. Our laws allow comprehensive pre/post-trial DNA testing/retesting. All indigent defendants are afforded a direct appeal post-conviction, and an attorney provided to handle the appeal. Texas Legislature enacts laws to protect right to DNA challenges
My responsibility as a court of appeals justice is to apply the Constitution and the laws of Texas as enacted by the Texas Legislature consistently, fairly and expeditiously. That I have done for 26 years as a Texas trial and appellate court judge and I will continue to do so.
J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law, 2003; Masters of Sociology, North Carolina State University, 2000; B.A., Sociology and Political Science, Texas Tech University, 1998
I've practiced law for 14 years. I am board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in the field of Labor & Employment Law. I am an active litigator and understand what it means to be a fair, impartial and knowledgeable judge.
Recent scientific developments have the potential to be helpful to any person accused of a crime. The key is making these technologies accessible to the indigent, which is where there is currently a disconnect. We do a pitiful job in this area, and this would need to improve before these kinds of recent developments become a reality for indigent defendants.
My highest priority would be maintaining the integrity of our jury system. I believe that juries are sacred, and too often appellate courts substitute their judgment for that of the jury, which erodes our entire system of justice. I would give deference to jury determinations, and hard looks at cases that are dismissed prior to reaching the jury.
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