Texas has two supreme courts. There’s the one we know as the Texas Supreme Court, the final arbiter of state civil cases. Then there is the lesser-known, given the absence of the word “supreme” in its name, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
The court is the last stop on the appellate road for criminal cases and reviews all death penalty convictions. Three seats on the nine-member court are up for election next month, but only the contest for Place 3 features Republican and Democratic opponents. The presence of major-party candidates doesn’t mean the Place 3 campaign is competitive, however. Without hesitation, voters should elect Republican Bert Richardson.
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