Six-year term. Must be
at least 35 years old, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of Texas.
Must have been a practicing lawyer or a lawyer and a judge of a court of record
for a total of 10 years or more. Serves as a member of the court of highest
appellate jurisdiction in criminal matters in the state; has the power to issue writs
of habeas corpus and others. Current annual salary: $152,500 (Presiding Judge),
LAWRENCE MEYERS (R): Two years as appellate judge. Eighteen years as Judge on Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Board Certified in Criminal Law. Masters Degree in Law - University of Virginia School of Law - Judicial Process.
PLACE 2 CANDIDATES
J. RANDELL STEVENS (L): No reply received
PLACE 5 CANDIDATES
CHERYL JOHNSON (R): I am board-certified as a specialist in criminal law. I practiced criminal defense for 14 years and have served as a judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals for 12 years.
PLACE 6 CANDIDATES
ROBERT RAVEE VIRASIN (L):
No reply received
DAVE HOWARD (L): I have been practicing law since 1993 and confine my practice to criminal law. My focus of study is the philosophy of law, particularly criminal law, in Texas and the U.S.
MICHAEL KEASLER (R): Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals since 1999; 43 years criminal law experience; private practice; 12 years, Chief Felony Prosecutor, Dallas, 432 jury trials; 17 years Criminal District Judge; Past Chair: State Bar Judicial Section, ABA Ethics Committee; 19 years National Judicial College Faculty; Dean, Texas Judicial College.; BA, LLB, UT (response exceeded 50 word limit)
KEITH HAMPTON (D): I have extensive death-penalty litigation experience, handling cases from pretrial through all state and federal proceedings, including the United States Supreme Court and before the Governor. I have also handled the widest possible variety of criminal cases, from traffic tickets to felonies to appeals in state and federal courts