Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Lawrence E. Meyers Announces Re-election
Longest Serving Judge on State's Highest Criminal Court Seeks Fourth Term. Having first been elected in 1992, Meyers is the Court's longest serving member and has been the senior judge on the Court for 10 years. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is Texas' highest court for criminal cases and has the heaviest caseload of any appellate court in the United States.
(Media-Newswire.com) - AUSTIN, TX – Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Lawrence “Larry” Meyers announced today the re-appointment of Austin Attorney Rick Wetzel as his campaign treasurer, in the first step of Meyer’s re-election announcement. Meyers will seek re-election to a fourth term. Having first been elected in 1992, Meyers is the Court’s longest serving member and has been the senior judge on the Court for 10 years.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is Texas' highest court for criminal cases and has the heaviest caseload of any appellate court in the United States. The Court consists of a Presiding Judge and eight Judges that are elected by voters statewide and hold their offices for terms of six years.
“I am seeking re-election to the Court to continue to be an objective voice and ensure that we maintain our reputation for delivering fair and just opinions,” said Meyers in announcing his candidacy for re-election.
Meyers also serves as a member of the Rules Committee for the Court of Criminal Appeals, which communicates the rules of the appellate procedure and rules of evidence in criminal cases.
Meyers was the first Republican and Court of Appeals justice to be elected to the Court, having previously served as an associate justice on the Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth from 1989 to 1992. By virtue of his Fort Worth Court service, Meyers is the third longest tenured judge of an Appellate Court in Texas.
During his 20 years on the bench Meyers has authored the second most appellate opinions in Texas, including Elizondo v. State of Texas which recognized for the first time in non-death penalty cases the concept of “actual innocence.”
Meyers is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and currently serves as the Board’s director and test commissioner in Criminal Law. He is also a court liaison to the State Bar of Texas’ board of directors.
Meyers earned a B.A. at Southern Methodist University and a J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law. He also holds a L.L.M. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where his graduate thesis was entitled “Actual Innocence in Texas.”
Meyers will be a candidate in the Republican Primary Election March 2, 2010 and then would stand for re-election in the November 2010 General Election.
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