One purpose Texas’ highest courts have 9 members is in order that justices with completely different views can take a look at their concepts in convention. They problem one another’s concepts till arriving at a majority opinion. The state’s closing arbiter on instances involving every thing from homicide to public intoxication — the Texas Legal Court docket of Appeals — must have at the least one member with intensive expertise in trials defending purchasers.
At present, the decide on the courtroom with that have is Justice Scott Walker, 68, who’s dealing with off in opposition to a Harris County assistant prosecutor within the March 1 Republican major. A graduate of Dallas Baptist College and Baylor College of Legislation, Walker practiced legislation earlier than judges and juries defending individuals dealing with civil and prison expenses. In 2016, he received a six-year time period to Place 5 of the Texas Legal Court docket of Appeals.