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Judge Texas Court of Criminal 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. 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.Elegido para un período de 6 años. Debe tener entre 35-74 años de edad, ser ciudadano estadounidense, ser residente de Texas, con licencia para practicar leyes en Texas, ser un votante registrado, y tener al menos 10 años de experiencia como abogado o juez. Revisa todos los casos de pena de muerte y las solicitudes de hábeas corpus en los casos de delitos graves, recibe las apelaciones finales en los casos penales, y administra la educación judicial y de abogados financiada con fondos públicos.
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    Jay Brandon (Rep) assistant district attorney, Bexar County

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    Dib Waldrip (Rep) District Judge

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Biographical Information

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

Access to Justice: What recent developments (e.g., client choice of counsel, technology) provide opportunities to improve the state's indigent defense system in criminal cases appealed from lower court decisions?

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

Campaign Phone (210) 317-3756
Twitter @Jaybrandon
Education University of Texas, B.A., English; Johns Hopkins University, Master's, creative writing; University of Houston, J.D.
I have worked at this court, had many cases in this court, and spent my career in criminal appeals and writs, the exact work of this court. I'm a frequent speaker at criminal law seminars, with experience in all appeals including death penalty cases
I serve on the Legal Services to the Poor state bar committee, so I’m familiar with developments in this area. Public defender appellate offices are good because they are appellate specialists. What we need to do is improve the quality of representation on appeal, which is why I speak at so many seminars.
First, to write clear opinions instructing judges and lawyers in criminal cases how to try criminal cases fairly to all, with results we can trust (and I am a professional writer.) Second, to review writs filed by defendants, because this is the court of last resort for criminal cases. I have reviewed many writs in my career, and have helped wrongfully convicted people.
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Campaign Phone (830) 832-8043
Twitter @DibWaldrip
Education Texas A&M-BS Ag Alamo Area Law Enforcement Acad. St. Mary's School of Law-JD F.B.I. Nat. Law Enforcement Acad./Univ. of Virginia Northwestern & George Mason Schools of Law Judicial Education Programs Nat. Judicial College Judicial Leadership Seminar
I am the only candidate board certified in criminal law by either the State Bar or the National Board of Trial Advocacy, is a police officer, an elected District Attorney as well being a judge and having previously worked for the courts of appeals.
With help of others, I pioneered the first "Client Choice" for indigent defendants in our nation. Initially a pilot, the program proved its viability and is in use today in Comal County. Client choice is a free market economy solution that motivates counsel to improve to get the next appointment. By creating competition, the entire justice system is inherently enhanced.
Preserving, protecting & defending the constitution & laws of the U.S. & our state require courage & intellectual honesty to avoid being an apologist for miscues of the state. I intend to be a solution finder & consensus builder to enhance intellectual integrity of opinions so that law enforcement, prosecutors & trial judges are not enabled to repeat errors with impunity.