Harris County Commissioner's Court Decides Not to Appoint Judges During Executive Session

While the appointment of Harris County Criminal Court Judges was on the agenda this week, apparently Harris County Commissioner's Court decided to wait on the appointments until after the primary elections in March.  Not sure exactly what happened in the executive session with the Commissioners, but it seems they made the correct decision to appoint after the primary election.  This allows the voters to decide who they want on the November ballot.  It seems logical that the Commissioners will then appoint the victor of the primary election to fill the vacancies.

I guess we are going to continue to see Neal Richardson in Harris County Criminal Court at Law No. 1 and Henry Onken in Harris County Criminal Court at Law No. 3 for the near future.

Harris County Criminal Courts - Judicial Appointments on Commisioner's Court Agenda

According to the Harris County Commissioner's Court Agenda, the Commissioners were going to discuss the resignation of Reagan Helm of Harris County Court at Law Number 1 and appointing new Judges for Harris County Criminal Courts at Law 1 and 3.  According to the agenda, the Commissioners were to meet yesterday (February 9, 2010) in Executive Session to discuss the Judicial Appointments for the vacant Harris County Criminal Courts. 

Seems like a strange time for this in light of the upcoming primary election (less than 1 month from now).  Anyone hear if they actually did appoint anyone to these benches or if they are waiting until a later time?  My sources have told me who they thought the Harris County Commissioners were going to appoint, but I have not confirmed yet if they did appoint anyone.

Should Judicial Candidates Have Experience Before Becoming a Judge?

Mark Bennett wrote about this a while back, but I just looked at the slate of judicial candidates for Harris County Democrats seeking a Misdemeanor Court bench for the 2010 election.  Who the hell are most of these judicial candidates?  I know I don't know everyone that has stepped foot in the criminal courthouse, but I am there just about every day.

I know most of prosecutors and most of the criminal defense lawyers either by name or face or both.  While there are some on the list that I know by either face or name, many I have never heard their names. 

The Harris County Criminal Courts at Law handle Class A and Class B Misdemeanors.  The majority of jury trials that these courts hear are Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) cases, Assaults and Possession of Marijuana cases.  Given that the majority of cases that are tried in these courts are DWIs, Assaults and Marijuana cases, is it too much to ask of these candidates that they have tried a few DWI, Assaults or Marijuana cases before running for the bench?