The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America

In Congress, July 4, 1776.

The text of our Declaration of Independence in full. Some of the most powerful words ever written. Happy Independence Day.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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Congratulations!…What’s the Court of Criminal Appeals?

The most common response I get on the campaign trail when I tell folks I am running for the Court of Criminal Appeals is, “Congratulations! … What’s the Court of Criminal Appeals?” The short answer is that it’s the Supreme Court for all criminal cases in Texas. Below, we’ll discuss a little about how cases wind up there, the history of the court, and a unique type of case the court automatically hears.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

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Campaign Kickoff – Humbled and Grateful

TWO words best sum up my thoughts on Wednesday’s Campaign kickoff party: Humbled and Grateful.

The Campaign Kickoff crowd at St. Pete’s Dancing Marlin

I am humbled because my supporters come from places you might not expect: lawyers I battled against in trial; lawyers I’ve ruled against as a Judge; retired lawyers; lawyers who don’t have cases pending in my court;  lawyers who fought hard against each other in trial in my court; Judges who heard cases I tried; Judges from courts that don’t have anything to do with criminal law; Retired Judges; community activists; probation officers; public defenders; appellate practitioners; current and former prosecutors.

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