Presiding Judge Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
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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David Bridges (Rep)
Justice, Fifth District Court of Appeals
Sharon Keller (Rep)
Presiding Judge, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
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?
Which responsibility of a Court of Criminal Appeals judge is your highest priority and how do you intend to accomplish it?
J.D. Texas Tech School of Law 1984
B.S. U. T. Tyler 1980
A.A Tyler Junior College 1978
Justice, Fifth District Court of Appeals since 1997. Board Certified in both Criminal Law 1984 and Criminal Appellate Law 2011. I served as both a State prosecutor and as the First Assistant General Counsel disbarring unethical lawyers.
The legislature has enacted legislation to allow for comprehensive DNA testing before trial to protect citizens charged with an offense and post trial to allow testing and retesting when new scientific advancements occur. Indigent defendants are provided an attorney to protect these rights. This access to the process must be carefully preserved to protect those charged.
The first responsibility is to correctly interpret the United States Constitution and the Texas Constitution and to apply as written. The Court has jurisdiction over capital punishment cases and a obligation to correctly apply the law to each case as they arise and a commitment that each case will be given complete access to the Court and heard on the merits.
S.M.U. School of Law, J.D. 1978
Rice University, B.A. 1975
Judge on this Court 23 years; 17 years as Presiding Judge.
Written hundreds of opinions including in death penalty cases.
As P.J. I work with legislature; oversee court operations.
Chair, Indigent Defense Commission; former chair, CSG Justice Center
In Texas, the idea of client choice in criminal cases originated with the Texas Indigent Defense Commission, which I have led since 2002. We provided funding and technical assistance to create the first such program in the U.S. Because the concept proved successful, we have discussed adding appellate appointments to the program.
My primary duty is to correctly interpret the law as set out by the legislature. I look first at the actual wording of the provision in question, resorting to legislative history only if the wording is ambiguous or absurd. I defer to the legislature whenever a statute can be construed to be constitutional.
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