Welcome

  • I am running for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals because I believe the Court needs a judge who is independent and fair. 
  • I will not accept political donations from corporations, political action groups, or law firms.
  • I will never ask for campaign donations.
  • I believe I am the most qualified candidate.
  • Every party who has a case before the Court deserves individual attention and fair consideration.
  • The Justices on the 14  Courts of Appeal and trial judges in all 254 counties must be held accountable to provide all parties due process.

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EXPERIENCE MATTERS

In most of the cases I handled on appeal I was also the trial lawyer.

  • Board Certified in Criminal Law
  • Board Certified in Criminal Appellate Law
  • Born in Austin, Texas 1959
  • Graduated Houston Madison High School 1977
  • Graduated Austin College in Sherman, Texas 1980
  • Graduated Texas Tech Law School 1982
  • Prosecutor in Lubbock, Texas
  • Private Practice in Fannin, Collin, Denton, Tarrant, and Dallas Counties

DRUG COURTS

Veterans Courts Diversion Programs

are for veterans facing criminal charges. These programs are designed to provide judicially supervised services to address the special needs of veterans. 


I support expansion of these programs throughout Texas.

Mental Health Diversion Programs

 A significant cause of recidivism is that persons with mental illness do not get the therapy and treatment needed. This is especially true in our county jails and State Prisons.  I feel that Mental Health Diversion Programs can help address these problems.


Clear the Criminal Record

I believe that people who have successfully finished their criminal sentences should have their ability to find a job, vote, and be productive in society restored -- quickly.

Indigent Defense

People who are unable to afford to hire a lawyer should have competent representation in Court and on Appeal.  Our Texas Indigent Defense Commission should be given authority to guarantee  appointment of competent lawyers who act independently without worrying about judicial favoritism.

Public Access to Courts

All Courts in Texas should be open to the public for viewing. Absent a need for confidentiality of certain proceedings such as those involving children, the public should have access through web-cams or other media to see which courts are working.  Courts belong to the people, not the elected judge.