Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

The longstanding and open feud between Chief Justice Tom Gray and Associate Justice Bill Vance will finally end for appellants and appellees alike in the Tenth District Court of Appeals.


Earlier this month, Justice Vance announced he will not seek a fourth term on the Waco appellate bench. And so ends the saga that has raged almost since Chief Justice Gray’s appointment to the bench in late 2003. One particularly illustrative example of the genuine dislike between these two jurists is evidenced by Chief Gray’s dissent in Beller v. Texas, No. 10-02-00282-CR (Tex. App.–Waco November 17, 2004, pet. ref’d) (Gray, C.J., dissenting) which contains a discussion under the heading, “RESPONSE TO THE SO CALLED [sic] CONCURRING OPINION.”

Thx to Tex Parte Blog


Following up on a recent post concerning the arson investigation of a fire that consumed Texas Supreme Court Justice David Medina‘s home, Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal has confirmed that Justice Medina is not a suspect in the arson case.

Thx to Tex Parte Blog, and the Houston Chronicle

Yesterday, the Heritage Foundation, the National Center for Policy Analysis, and the Federalist Society hosted a luncheon honoring Justice Thomas as part of his book tour. The event consisted of an interview between the Justice and former Delaware Governor Pete du Pont.


Of note, the demise of Dallas County Republicans might be greatly exaggerated as some 1,560 people turned out for the event (including yours truly), which–in true Texas fashion–was the largest event hosted by the Heritage Foundation outside of D.C. in its 34-year history.

Thanks to Justice Thomas, the Heritage Foundation, the Federalist Society, the NCPA, and a Dallas lawyer for the invitation