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Did Patterson Violate Judicial Ethics?
Former state Rep. Glen Maxey says Patterson violated code of conduct
DAILY News  November 30, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...Former Austin Democratic state Rep. Glen Maxey this morning filed a complaint with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, arguing that 3rd Court of Appeals Judge Jan Patterson violated judicial ethics when she told the Chronicle last month that Gov..."

Pigs Are Flying: State Judicial Conduct Commission Taking Action Against Keller
The Judicial Conduct Commission takes action on Keller complaint
DAILY News  February 19, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...The State Commission on Judicial Conduct has charged Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge Sharon Keller with a "willful and persistent failure" to follow the court's execution-day procedures that violates the Texas Constitution and the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct and "casts public discredit" on the judiciary...."

Teens Seeking Judicial Bypass Abortion in Texas Shamed
New study finds court process functions as “form of punishment”
News Story  September 27, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...A new study finds that judicial bypass, the court process by which minors seek permission from a judge to obtain an abortion without parental consent, acts as a "form of punishment" for young Texas teens. Judicial bypass minors – often estranged from their parents, suffering family trauma, or coming from households with substance abuse – already see logistical barriers like transportation and time off from school..."

Senate Approves Judicial Bypass Restrictions
Senate OKs bill restricting abortion access for abused minors
News Story  May 28, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...House Bill 3994 by Rep. Geanie Morrison, R-Victoria, restricts judicial bypass – the legal process by which a teenager averts parental consent to undergo abortion through securing permission from a judge..."

Travis Judicial Dems Win One, Lose One
Democrat secures county judicial race, while Republican wins 3rd Court seat
News Story  November 5, 2010, by Jordan Smith
"...It was a brutal E-night for Democrats in Texas, including some in Travis County, but the toll spared judicial candidate Tim Sulak, who won a seat on the county's 353rd civil district bench with roughly 57% of the vote over GOP incumbent Jeff Rose, appointed to that seat last year by Gov. Rick Perry after the untimely death of elected Dem Judge Scott Ozmun..."

Renewed Push for Judicial Reforms
Shining a light on the Texas judiciary
News Column  February 20, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"..."If the public believes that judges are biased toward contributors, then confidence in the courts will suffer," he said. "So, I ask the question: Is our current judicial election system, which fuels the idea that politics and money play into the rule of law, the best way to elect judges in Texas?"..."

2018 Primary Election Preview: Judicial Races
Motions for relief
News Story  February 15, 2018, by Chase Hoffberger
"...How rare is it that an attorney challenges an incumbent judge to a judicial bench? Of the 17 judicial races Travis County voters will cast a ballot for next month, only four will be contested. Those that have drawn multiple candidates have proven to be quite hot...."

Judicial Races Are Important!
Postmarks  August 31, 2009
"...Dear Editor, I want to thank you for highlighting the judicial races going on in Austin [“Race to the Judicial Starting Line,” News, Aug. 28]..."

Election Coverage: Judicial Races: Dem Sweep Appealing
Court of Appeals seats go big-time to the left
News Story  November 8, 2018, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Judicial races in Travis County all went as planned – mostly uncontested, and all to Dems – and Republicans rolled as expected at both the state Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals, but there's movement afoot in the 14 appellate courts, where 31 of 32 contested races went to Dems, and 17 GOP incumbents lost. That includes a clean sweep of the 3rd Court, which oversees cases in Travis County..."

Judicial Candidates Left Out
Postmarks  August 31, 2009
"...Dear Editor, I read with interest the article "Race to the Judicial Starting Line" [News, Aug. 28]..."

Race to the Judicial Starting Line
Judicial candidates emerge with the primary six months away
News Story  August 28, 2009, by Jordan Smith


Abbott Tips the Scales in 3rd Court Judicial Race
Need help getting elected? Just get appointed.
News Story  October 4, 2018, by Michael King


Travis County Catches a Judicial Break
Feds transfer vacant courthouse to county for probate court
News Story  January 5, 2017, by Michael King


Travis County Catches a Judicial Break
Feds transfer vacant courthouse to county for probate court
DAILY News  December 29, 2016, by Michael King


What About Conservative Judicial Activists?
Postmarks  January 22, 2010


Score None for the Judicial Process
DNA testing overturns 22-year-old rape conviction, but nine years too late
DAILY News  July 1, 2008, by Richard Whittaker


The Judicial System Failed
Postmarks  June 26, 2007


Capital Judicial Pinball
Rodney Reed Case Back in Court
News Story  March 24, 2006, by Jordan Smith


In Favor of Judicial Term Limits
Postmarks  January 19, 2004


Shaming Girls in Crisis
Lawmakers seek to restrict 'bypass' abortions
DAILY News  May 2, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Two bills pending at the Lege that seek to "reform" aspects of the judicial bypass law that allows a minor to seek an abortion without parental approval could jeopardize a minor's privacy ,and potentially put district judges in harm’s way, witnesses testified during a committee hearing last week...."

In It To Win It
UPDATED: First two day's filings for 2010 elections in Travis County
DAILY News  December 6, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...Ya gotta be in it to win it: Thursday marked the opening of filing season for the 2010 primaries and the first wave of Travis County hopefuls and returning candidates submitted their paperwork for a place on the starting line. So far, it's mostly been entries into judicial races (no shortage of those). UPDATE: Slow day on Friday, with only two more filings...."

Punch-Bug Politics
Candidates weigh influence of partisanship
News Story  October 22, 2010, by Jordan Smith
"...After Congressman Lloyd Doggett introduced him to the crowd of local politicos and many of the most stalwart of the courthouse crowd, Sulak took the stage to address the group: He needs their continued support, he told them – particularly in word-of-mouth exchanges (and on Facebook) to help ensure that voters know who to choose for the 353rd, a race that's "way down the ballot," he said. In fact, he noted, "a lot of people don't even know" that they'll be asked to vote in a local judicial race in this election cycle...."

House Approves Abortion Restrictions for Minors
House gives first OK to bill restricting judicial bypass
DAILY News  May 14, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...UPDATE: On Thursday, the Texas House gave final approval to HB 3994, a measure that severely restricts a minor's access to judicial bypass. Sponsored by Sen..."

Point Austin: Race Does Matter
Sotomayor on the willfulness of judicial 'colorblindness'
News Column  May 2, 2014, by Michael King
"...The whole group of opinions (the 6-2 vote had no majority opinion) is worth a read, not only for its substance but for what it reveals about the now-open tensions on the court. Sotomayor takes on her colleagues directly – for "how little [they] understand about the reality of race in America" – but there's also a sense that she knows she's swimming against the judicial and political tide (Roberts' ascension to and on the court was in part premised on his long opposition to "racial preferences")..."

Persecuting Judge Sharon Keller
Keller says case against her highlights injustice in system. No joke.
DAILY News  June 9, 2010, by Jordan Smith
"...Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Sharon Keller says the fact that she is still having to defend herself against the false allegation that she closed the court to a death row inmate on the day of his execution is an example of the "fundamental injustices" in the case against her, her lawyer wrote in a brief filed with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct...."

Burnam Calls for Impeachment of Killer Keller
State Rep. Lon Burnam wants the Texas House to impeach Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge Sharon "Killer" Keller
DAILY News  February 17, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...While the state's Commission on Judicial Conduct still has not yet weighed in on whether Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge Sharon "Killer" Keller should be disciplined for refusing to accept the appeal of a condemned inmate after 5pm, Fort Worth Democratic State Rep. Lon Burnam isn't waiting around for them to do so..."

Chronicle Endorsements: County, Statewide, and Federal Races
What, you expected us to endorse a Republican in 2018?
News Story  October 18, 2018, by The Chronicle Editorial Board
"...State Rep., District 51: Eddie Rodriguez Local Judicial..."

The Honorable Charlie Baird
Judge Charlie Baird is ruffling official feathers at the Travis County Courthouse
News Story  May 30, 2008, by Jordan Smith
"...Although it undoubtedly has some basis in adversarial courtroom culture, that caricature misses a deeper truth. In fact, the prosecutorial reaction more precisely reflects the story of a fiercely independent judge, working in the midst of a routinely politicized system of criminal justice that rarely rewards such judicial independence. Fixing the Problem..."

State’s Teen Pregnancy Booklet Riddled With Anti-Choice Propaganda
Pregnant minors in foster care given medically inaccurate literature
DAILY News  April 19, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...Per statute, the Texas Department of State Health Services booklet is meant to educate teens on judicial bypass – the process by which minors can forgo parental consent and obtain permission for abortion through a judge. The material is also required to provide information relating to alternatives to abortion and health risks associated with the procedure..."

Suffer the Children
Anti-abortion Lege targets vulnerable minors in judicial bypass bill
News Story  May 21, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...Shuffled from high school to high school (and in and out of Child Protective Ser­vices), Jane managed to earn strong grades and hoped to go to college – and knew she wasn't ready to be a parent. Without dependable parents of her own, she turned to a legal process known as "judicial bypass" – an order from a judge, without parental involvement – to permit an abortion and enable an independent future...."

Maxey Files Ethics Complaint Against Patterson
Did judge tell the truth?
News Story  December 4, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...Democratic activist and former state Rep. Glen Maxey on Monday filed a complaint with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, arguing that 3rd Court of Appeals Judge Jan Patterson violated judicial ethics when she told the Chronicle this fall that Gov..."

The 'Chronicle' Endorsements
Our picks for the Nov. 7 election
News Story  November 3, 2006
"..."Bill" Moody El Paso Judge Bill Moody has received some incidental publicity from his 1,000-mile campaign walk across Texas. (When the money is against you, create your own campaign.) But he's also received a couple of unexpected endorsements (Dallas Morning News, Austin American-Statesman) from mainstream sources who recognize that he simply has much more judicial experience than the appointed incumbent, and that his election would be an important step toward rebalancing the state's highest civil court after too many years of reflexive domination by corporate interests..."

The 'Chronicle' Endorsements
Our picks for the Nov. 7 election
News Story  October 27, 2006
"..."Bill" Moody El Paso Judge Bill Moody has received some incidental publicity from his 1,000-mile campaign walk across Texas. (When the money is against you, create your own campaign.) But he's also received a couple of unexpected endorsements (Dallas Morning News, Austin American-Statesman) from mainstream sources who recognize that he simply has much more judicial experience than the appointed incumbent, and that his election would be an important step toward rebalancing the state's highest civil court after too many years of reflexive domination by corporate interests..."

The 'Chronicle' Endorsements
Our picks for the Nov. 7 election
News Story  October 20, 2006
"..."Bill" Moody El Paso Judge Bill Moody has received some incidental publicity from his 1,000-mile campaign walk across Texas. (When the money is against you, create your own campaign.) But he's also received a couple of unexpected endorsements (Dallas Morning News, Austin American-Statesman) from mainstream sources who recognize that he simply has much more judicial experience than the appointed incumbent, and that his election would be an important step toward rebalancing the state's highest civil court after too many years of reflexive domination by corporate interests..."

The Next Redistricting Target: Ronnie Earle?
Tom Craddick hatches a plan to redraw the lines for Texas' elected prosecutors
News Story  November 7, 2003, by Lucius Lomax
"...His authority covers El Paso Co., where he estimates "99%" of his caseload originates. But his judicial district also includes Hudspeth and Culberson counties (Sierra Blanca and Van Horn), a geographically large but sparsely populated slice of the Trans-Pecos..."

Bucking the System
Erik Moebius Faces Possible Disbarment
News Story  October 27, 1995
"...But some of his other theories are more serious, and of greater concern to the Bar. For instance, Moebius is convinced that judges, attorneys, and the Bar are all involved in a conspiracy to hide massive judicial corruption, and -- because he has uncovered their wrongdoing -- they are intent on discrediting and disbarring him..."

Texas Supreme Court Makes Abortion Access for Neglected Teens Even More Difficult
Texas Court adds more rules to judicial bypass law
DAILY News  December 30, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...House Bill 3994 by Rep. Geanie Morrison, R-Victoria, restricts judicial bypass – the legal process by which a teenager averts parental consent to undergo abortion through securing permission from a judge..."

Judge Edith Jones: Blacks and Hispanics More Violent
Complaint filed over Jones's discriminatory and biased comments
DAILY News  June 4, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Jones, who sits on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals – based in New Orleans, its jurisdiction includes Texas – made numerous offensive and biased comments during a February lecture at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, according to the complaint filed pursuant to the federal Judicial Conduct and Disability Act..."

Weekend Election Update
Filings still trickle in, but now there's a real primary
DAILY News  December 11, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...Judicial District Judge, 147th Judicial District Clifford Brown (D) District Judge, 201st Judicial District Jan Patterson (D) District Judge, 250th Judicial District John Dietz* (D) District Judge, 299th Judicial District Karen Sage (D) District Judge, 353rd Judicial District (unexpired) Tim Sulak (D) District Judge, 419th Judicial District Orlinda Naranjo* (D) Judge, County Court at Law #1 David Phillips (D) Judge, County Court at Law #2 Eric Shepperd* (D) Judge, County Court at Law #4 Mike Denton* (D) Judge, County Court at Law #6 Brandy Mueller (D) Judge, County Probate Court #1 Guy Herman* (D) Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2 Karin Crump (D) Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5 Herb Evans* (D)..."

Keel's Firestorm
A bill that critics charged would have increased the pace of Texas executions dies and takes a judicial pay raise bill down with it
News Story  June 10, 2005, by Jordan Smith
"...Amidst a flurry of last-minute legislative sparks, a bill that critics charged would have increased the pace of Texas' already accelerated executions finally died. And House Bill 268 didn't go down alone – with it to the grave went long-awaited judicial pay raises, legislative pensions, and millions in additional state funding for indigent defense...."

Election Results
News Story  November 6, 1998
"...147th Judicial District Judge..."

Election Coverage 1998
News Story  October 9, 1998
"...Charlie Baird(D) Crimainal Appeals Court Judge, Place 2 Cheryl Johnson(R) Winston Cochran(D) Criminal Appeals Judge, Place 3 Lawrence Larry Meyers (R) Larry S. Perry (D) State Rep., District 47 Terry Keel (R) State Rep, District 48 Sherri Greenberg(D) State Rep, District 49 Emil Blomquist(R) Elliot Naishtat(D) State Rep, District 50 Dawnna Dukes(D) State Rep, District 51 Fred Ebner(R) Glen Maxey(D) Chief Justice, Third Court of Appeals unexpired term Lee Yeakel(R) Marilyn Aboussie(D) Justice, Third Court of Appeals David Puryear(R) Jan Patterson(D) 147th Judicial District Judge Marian C..."

Point Austin: Disorder in the Court … of Appeals
Triana/Toth race raising unusual political dust
News Column  September 27, 2018, by Michael King
"...Judicial political campaigns are generally fairly sleepy affairs, most often determined, unfortunately, by partisan straight-ticket voting. An exception could be the November vote for the open Place 6 on the (currently all-Republican) 3rd Court of Appeals, where Democrat Gisela Tri­ana faces Republican Mike Toth for the seat vacated by retiring Justice Bob Pem­ber­ton..."

Tell It to the Judge
Jimmy Flannigan’s shake-up at the Municipal Court
News Story  April 12, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...Smith's story would eventually get heard. In March, under the advisement of its Judicial Committee, City Council declined to reappoint an unprecedented five different judges from the Municipal Court bench, including the one who chose to jail Smith. What Process?..."

Bill of the Week: Barriers to Bypass
Legislation would make abortion access more difficult for minors
DAILY News  January 23, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...In Texas, women under 18 must secure parental permission to undergo an abortion. However, if a minor wishes to obtain an abortion without parental consent or notification she may obtain approval from a judge through a confidential act referred to as “judicial bypass.” Many of these minors are facing the threat of punishment or abuse from family members or partners, or don't have parents at all and seek bypass to evade dangerous situations..."

Docket Is Full, but Judges Are Few
Federal judges see a jump in cases as court vacancies go unfilled
News Story  July 27, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...So far, it seems neither of the Texas sen­ators, Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cor­nyn, has done much to ease the burden on the bench – despite the fact that the Western District of Texas, which includes Austin, has had a judgeship open since 2008, when San Antonio federal Judge Royal Furgeson retired to senior judge status. Indeed, the vacancy created by Furgeson's departure nearly four years ago is considered a judicial "emergency," as are two other vacancies in Texas' Eastern District, in part because the case load in each district is nearing 800 cases per judge..."

Election Update, 12/7/09
Dukes files, WilCo GOP primaries pick up speed
DAILY News  December 7, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...Judicial District Judge, 147th Judicial District Clifford Brown (D) District Judge, 201st Judicial District Jan Patterson (D) District Judge, 250th Judicial District John Dietz* (D) District Judge, 299th Judicial District Karen Sage (D) Judge, County Court at Law #2 Eric Shepperd* (D) Judge, County Court at Law #6 Brandy Mueller (D) Judge, County Probate Court #1 Guy Herman* (D)..."

Point Austin: It's Not About Sharon Keller
Sharon Keller, Todd Willingham, and unjustifiable homicide
News Column  September 4, 2009, by Michael King
"...As more than one observer has pointed out, Sharon Keller the defendant is very lucky not to be standing in the dock before Sharon Keller the judge. Keller, presiding judge of the Court of Criminal Appeals, stood trial last month before the State Commission on Judicial Conduct on five counts of judicial misconduct..."

Four of Six: 3rd Court of Appeals
This year, four of the court's six seats are contested
News Story  October 27, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...Although Texas' appellate judicial races earn little voter scrutiny, what happens at the Austin-based 3rd Court of Appeals – one of 14 intermediate appellate courts across the state and serving 24 counties in Central and West Texas – has statewide impact. In addition to handling both civil and criminal cases, the 3rd Court is unique among the state's 14 intermediate appellate benches in that it also has jurisdiction over administrative disputes involving state agencies..."

Naked City
Happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  January 7, 2005, by Lee Nichols
"...In his 19th year-end report on the federal judiciary, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist tackled growing complaints of "judicial activism" and defended lifetime bench appointments..."

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