Monday, May 28, 2012

Texas Supreme Court hopeful cites probate experience as candidacy motivation

May 25, 2012


Ahead of the May 29 Texas primary, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram offers some?interesting insight?in?Candidates duke it out in races for Texas Supreme Court.??Texas Supreme Court Place 4 candidate Joe Pool Jr. (who shares his?name with a Tarrant County lake named after his?father, a former north Texas congressman)?offers this motivation for seeking office:

Pool, general counsel for an inflation-adjustment financial firm in Dripping Springs, said he was motivated to run after his wife was denied a jury trial in probate court. He said his research found that jury trials were scarce elsewhere.

When courts deny a request for a jury trial, he said, citizens are denied an important right. Pool accuses judges of being influenced by hefty political contributions. Some incumbents have raised more than $1 million, records show. If elected, he said, he would push to reform the court as a ?constructionist, constitutional court as much as I would make it that.?

?As attorneys, we want certainty in the law,? he said. ?We would like to know that this precedent has been upheld 100 times.?

From an Estate of Denial? standpoint, that indeed is?motivation.

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