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Justice, 14th Court of Appeals, Place 3

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. Reviews all death penalty cases and applications for habeas corpus in felony cases, hears final appeals on criminal cases, and administers publicly funded judicial and attorney education.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 con 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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    Brett Busby (Rep) Justice, 14th Court of Appeals, Place 3

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Biographical Information

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) 443-2583
Twitter @BrettBusby
Education J.D., Columbia Law School; A.B., Duke University
I clerked at the U.S. Supreme Court, built a successful appellate practice at Bracewell, and became Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law. I have served on the court for five years, earning high ratings from the lawyers who appear before me.
I chair the Rules and Legislation Committee for the Texas Access to Justice Commission. Our current projects include: revising the Code of Judicial Conduct to show how judges and clerks can help self-represented litigants access the court system; and revising the State Bar Rules to allow retired and out-of-state attorneys to provide free legal advice.
A justice's responsibility is to give the parties in each case a fair hearing and decide the issues they raise impartially based on the law and the record before the court. I work hard to meet this goal each day by studying the parties' arguments, being engaged and courteous when questioning attorneys, and writing clear, understandable opinions.
Campaign Phone (713) 526-6521
Education B.S. in Biology, Tenn. State Univ., 1978 D.D.S, Univ. of Texas Dental Branch, Houston, 1982 J.D., South Texas College of Law, 1991
I have extensive appellate experience in my 27 years of law practice. I have over 25 published appellate opinions, both civil and criminal. I would like to bring an African-American perspective to the 14th Court of Appeals.
DNA testing has resulted in innocent individual being freed form incarceration. However, competent and zealous legal representation must be provided to an indigent individual, both at the trial and appellate levels. The compensation of our indigent defense counsel and public defenders must be on par with the assistant district attorneys so ensure that result.
The responsibility of a Court of Appeals justice is to make sure that the laws are applied fairly and justly and are to be implemented without bias and/or prejudice. Additionally, to make sure that opinions are rendered based upon the facts and the law and not on a litigant's station in life.
BA-Houston Baptist University, JD-South Texas College of Law Houston, LLM. International Law–UofH, LLM. Health Law–UofH. Ethics Internship-MD Anderson, Advisory Board-UofH Health Law & Policy Institute, Led law firm with broad litigation experience.
DNA as scientific evidence is required to satisfy legal standards for such evidence. DNA has become accepted as both objective and probative. As with any evidence, the weight given should be determined by the finders of fact. As costs come down, we expect to see more DNA evidence. It is likely DNA evidence will benefit more people, including our indigent population.
Unlike the US and Texas Supreme Courts which only hear cases of importance, Texas Courts of Appeal play the important role of oversight and review of challenged cases. Under Texas law, any case may be reviewed as a matter of right from the trial courts. I expect to use my best education, training, and experience to fairly review cases brought before me as a Justice.