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Friday, September 26, 2014

Texas Supreme Court Justices Discuss Their Views on Dissents and Contrasting View's in Texas's Highest Civil Court

If you've got a case going before the Texas Supreme Court, this Texas Lawyer article will be of interest, and possibly help to you. Justices Jeff Brown and Jeff Boyd are interviewed. The Texas Lawyer has a weird paywall that lets you read, I believe, five of their articles per month for free.

Friday, September 5, 2014

XXXXX’s Motion for Continuance, or, in the Alternative, to Reschedule Trial


XXXXXXXXX                                           §         XXXXXXXXXXXXX County, Texas
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX                             §         In the XXXXXXXXX Court
            XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX                   §
XXXXXXXX                                             §         XXXXXXX Judicial District     

XXXXX’s Motion for Continuance, or, in the Alternative, to Reschedule Trial

            Respondent XXXX moves this court to continue the setting of this case from Saturday,  the XX day of the month of XXXXXXXX, 20XX, 1:30 PM. It appears to XXXXX and her attorney Bob Mabry that a Saturday trial would be impractical.
XXXXXX and Mabry are eager for trial. Mabry in particular is impressed that Your Honor wishes to burst the shackles of an ordinary Monday through Friday workweek and continue on past Friday afternoon into Saturday afternoon. Opposing counsel, pressing on with Stakhanovite passion, may find Saturdays and Sundays dusty deserts of mind-numbing inaction and wish for Saturday afternoon court sessions. Unfortunately, respondent’s counsel believes that the rest of the court personnel and the other state and county employees that make court practical are unlikely to attend the hearing, when the alternative is “beautiful back porches to sit on, beautiful sporting news to read, [and] beautiful beer to drink.”[1]
Mabry respects the court’s orders. He will come to court on this matter at any place in [the county seat of] XXXXXX, at any date or time more than ten days from now of the court’s choosing unless summoned to another court with priority or unless a relevant bona fide medical emergency exists. His views contrast with his wife’s. And Mabry respectfully requests that the trial be moved away from a Saturday in the interest of domestic harmony in his home. He further regrets to inform the court that the only authority which he stands in awe and fear more than Your Honor is Mrs. Mabry.[2]
This application is not sought for delay only, but that justice be done.
Wherefore, respondent XXXXXX and her counsel Bob Mabry pray for this court to continue this trial or reschedule it to someday not less than ten days later than the date of this filing and service XXXXXXXXX XX, 20XX.
Respectfully Submitted,


[1] Sinclair Lewis, Elmer Gantry, Ch. XVII, § 2, (1927)
[2] H. Rider Haggard, She, Ch. VI, inter alia. (1886); Rumpole of the Bailey (last accessed XXXXX XXXX, 20XX)                                           

Thursday, August 7, 2014

First Assistant Criminal District Attorney for Rockwall County Craig Stoddart Republican Nominee for Fifth Court of Appeals' Jim Moseley's Old Seat

William Shakespeare famously complained of "the law's delay," But he never said anything about the rapid dispatch of business when a political committee knows its will, and the Republican precinct chairs of Dallas, Collin, Grayson, Hunt, Rockwall and Kaufman counties did not dawdle in naming First Assistant Criminal District Attorney for Rockwall County Craig Stoddart to uphold the GOP banner in this year's November race for the seat in Texas's Fifth Supreme Judicial District Court of Appeals in Dallas formerly held by Jim Moseley.
Stoddart will be in an unusual position until January 2, 2015. He is the justice presumptive-- if the Democrat defeats him

Stoddard is an appellate prosecutor of 22 years' experience, not just in Dallas, but in many other state appeals courts including Texas's highest criminal court-- the Court of Criminal Appeals. He appears to have little or no civil appellate experience. He got a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of North Texas in 1986, and his law degree from Texas Tech in 1990.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Dallas's Fifth Appellate District to Be Short Handed until 2015; New Justice Will Likely Be Chosen by Six GOP County Chairpeople.

Justice John Moseley of Dallas's Texas State Fifth Supreme Judicial District Court of Appeals-- not the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals headquartered in New Orleans-- resigned to go into private practice, but did so between the time he had been chosen a candidate for re-election and the time of the actual regular election. This means that the governor doesn't choose the replacement for the end of the term. The replacement will be the winner of the election. The Republicans and the Democrats will get to choose candidates through the party chairs of the six counties that make up the district. As a practical matter, one of the justices of that court for next term is going to be chosen by the six county Republican chairs of the district.

Hat tip to D. Todd Smith of Austin. The Texas Lawyer has a good story on this, too, but they only let three stories per month outside of their pay wall.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

If You Like this Blog, Please Tell the ABA for the Blawg 100 Issue.

We're proud of what we do here, and our reporting about candidates for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and about the Ninth Court of Appeals in Beaumont show that we are covering things that are otherwise hard to find. Please let the American Bar Association know you like what we do here.

Associated Press 2014 Style Guide and Media Guide Is Newly Out

You can be an acceptable, even good legal writer without this book, but I find it to be a handy, quick tool to guide me where advice from higher sources is unclear or even contradictory. It is relatively up-to-date. AP's got to solve novel style disputes many times a year. And, if you think about it, AP style almost never looks weird because we live in a sea of it. The good American newspapers you read use it, traditional news organization pay attention to it, and they have a bias for clarity and consistency. Clarity and consistency are things that nearly every piece of legal writing needs more of.

Monday, July 14, 2014