Justice Pemberton's Earned Re-Election – Ignore 'Chronicle's Knee-Jerk Call

RECEIVED Wed., Oct. 20, 2004

Dear Editor,
   I am a Democrat, a plaintiff's personal injury lawyer who proudly carries the flag for the little guy against large corporations, and I thus have huge differences with today's Texas Republican Party. But I do support Justice Bob Pemberton for re-election to the 3rd Court of Appeals, even though he's on the Republican ticket. Your knee-jerk dismissal of him in your last edition was both unfair and unfounded ["Endorsements," Oct. 15].
   Justice Pemberton, a Harvard Law School honors graduate, has served with distinction since 2003, and has participated in more than 100 appellate decisions, including civil, criminal, and state government-related cases. Justice Pemberton has exemplified fairness and balance, always ruling based on the law, not politics or personal agendas. He has been fair to both plaintiffs and defendants. He even ruled in favor of the anti-Bush, anti-Perry protesters who demonstrated at the Governor's Mansion following the Bullock museum dedication, ruling that their free speech rights were violated. Think about that: A Republican judge ruled for Democrats protesting not only the Republican governor who appointed him, but also the national leader of his party. Texans of all political stripes need judges with such independence and integrity.
   This is one of the many reasons why the lawyers of the 3rd Court's district – the folks who know both candidates best – voted Justice Pemberton the best-qualified candidate in the State Bar of Texas poll. Most of these lawyers practice in Austin and are Democrats. I'll also note that Justice Pemberton was unanimously confirmed by the Texas Senate.
   I ask your readers to likewise look beyond party labels and to join us in supporting Justice Pemberton on Nov. 2.
Marc Rosenthal
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