February 14, 2018      4:15 PM
Coppedge: Be careful what you wish for
Longtime observer of judicial races in Texas, Dr. John Coppedge, says unintended consequences may come out of a federal lawsuit to change the way judges are elected statewide
There is a
lawsuit in Federal Court in Corpus Christi challenging the way Texans elect
judges for statewide judicial office.
The suit, filed under the Federal Voting Rights Act,
seeks to mandate the nine Justices elected to the Texas Supreme Court and
nine Judges elected to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals be
elected from nine separate districts, rather than statewide, and that two
Hispanic majority districts be created in the Southern and Western parts of the
This suit is based on flawed reasoning and is
quite myopic. Taking a close look, numerous problems are apparent if one
examines the issues and facts and looks ahead at what would occur should the
complete column by Dr. John Coppedge, MD, is in the R&D Department.
By Dr. John Coppedge