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Judicial Philosophy

"Humbly invoking the blessings of Almighty God, the people of the State of Texas, do ordain and establish this Constitution." Preamble to the Texas Constitution


Follow the Law as Intended by the Legislature

I fairly apply the law to the facts of each case – and never legislate from the bench.  As a Judge, I defer to the intent of the elected law makers -- as written in the constitution, statutes, and other laws of the United States and Texas – while respecting the authority of binding higher court opinions.

Keep the Role of Government Limited and be Accountable

*  I have respect for private enterprise and private property and do not misuse the Court’s power to redistribute wealth. My role as a judge is to be fair to all, not being harsher to the rich or the poor because of their financial status. 

*  I encourage and empower people to settle their own disputes and therefore limit, to the extent possible, the role of the Court in their lives. 

*  Our court team will continue to be good stewards of your tax dollars by looking for opportunities to continuously improve court processes to increase efficiency and reduce delay and cost to litigants.

Discourage Lawsuit Abuse

*  I utilize the existing laws and rules to discourage frivolous lawsuits brought merely for delay or other inappropriate purposes.

Embody Servant Leadership

*  Our court team will maintain a court atmosphere of humility, respect and public service.

*  We will continue to facilitate private organizations' assisting people who are truly in need.

pol. adv. paid: Clyde Leuchtag Campaign, Michael P. Fleming, treasurer
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