This morning’s news item from the Austin American-Statesman:
Posted: 8:48 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, 2013
Website: Texas chief justice Jefferson will resign Oct. 1
By Chuck Lindell
Wallace Jefferson, chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court, will resign from the state’s highest civil court effective Oct. 1, a business law website said Monday.
The Texas Lawbook, citing an exclusive interview with Jefferson, said the chief justice blamed financial pressures — in addition to achieving most of his goals in office — for the early departure. His six-year term is set to expire at the end of 2014.
Jefferson was a highly regarded appellate court lawyer from San Antonio when he was appointed to the court by Gov. Rick Perry in 2001, and he became the first African-American to lead the court when Perry named him chief justice in 2004.
Jefferson’s successor, to be appointed by Perry, would face election for a full term in 2014.