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Justice, 2nd Court of Appeals, Place 5

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. 6-year term. 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 civvies y penales de tribunales de primera instancia en su distrito.
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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 (817) 989-6485
Education B.A.-Trinity University-1979 J.D.-Baylor University School of Law-1982
My qualifications are demonstrated by a 35-year legal career, a board certification in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and my published articles on the law.
A program to protect the rights of criminal defendants is the creation of Conviction Integrity Units in D.A.s’ offices. In Tarrant County, that unit not only reviews claims of actual innocence in prior convictions, but develops practices “to facilitate prosecutors’ diligently and ethically fulfilling their responsibilities toward the rightful administration of justice.”
A Justice on the Court of Appeals must decide appeals correctly. That responsibility requires: 1) careful consideration of the arguments; 2) care in the research, analysis and writing of opinions; and 3) an open-mind to the views of the other justices.
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