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Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 7

What Do They Do? A short video explanation of state elected officeshttps://youtu.be/MdspUkvqoZ46-year term. A member of the court with final judgment in all criminal cases. The court must review all cases in which the death penalty is assessed. It also exercises discretionary review in other criminal cases and issues writs of habeas corpus.Current salary: $171,000Plazo de 6 años. Un miembro de la corte con el juicio final de todos los casos penales. El tribunal debe revisar todos los casos en los que se evalúa la pena de muerte. También ejerce una revisión discrecional en otros casos penales y emite recursos de habeas corpus.Salario actual:$ 171,000.

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    Ramona Franklin
    (Dem)

  • Barbara Parker Hervey
    (Rep)

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Background: What training, experience, and background qualify you for this position?

Access to Justice: What recent technological developments provide opportunities to improve the state's indigent defense system in civil and criminal cases?

Mental Health: What should the Court of Criminal Appeals’ goal be in the newly formed Judicial Commission on Mental Health?

Responsibilities: Which responsibility of a Court of Criminal Appeals judge is your highest priority and how do you intend to accomplish it?

My experiences as a former Harris County Assistant District Attorney, defense attorney in private practice and currently a district court judge have all uniquely crafted me with an uncommon legal background. Serving in all of these capacities have afforded me the opportunity of experiencing the legal perspective from all vantage points.
The new e-filing system that is being implemented across the State of Texas is a new tool that has been very useful in streamlining court documents processing. As a Court of Criminal Appeals jurist I will not infringe upon a person's due process rights by enforcing unreasonable deadlines and causing a defendant to be executed because his attorney failed to timely submit an appeal before the court's 5 o'clock p.m. court closing time which was done to Michael Richard
In my opinion, the Court of Criminal Appeals should be the leader for all criminal courts in the State of Texas for handling mental health cases. I concur with the opinion set out in Atkins v. Virginia (2002) 536 U.S. 304 that states, “More than any other single factor, mental defects have been respected as a reason for leniency in our criminal justice system.” I am concerned with the nature of our current Court of Criminal Appeals decisions regarding mental health issues.
As a Court of Criminal Appeals jurist I will continue to carry out the mantra I employ every day as a State District Court judge, "Blindfold Justice...One Case At A Time." I will concentrate my efforts in ensuring that indigent defendants are afforded all of the necessary tools to launch a successful appeal. I will work diligently to ensure that the results that occurred in the Ricky Kerr case will never happen again in the State of Texas.
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