Welcome!

News Feed Item

Texas Justice and Juries are Not for Sale

HOUSTON, Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The right to a trial before an impartial jury of citizens is the fundamental principle of our judiciary system under the U.S. Constitution. When a jury verdict or the actions of a court raise questions about the law, the state appellate courts provide a forum to consider, interpret and rule on those questions. Tragically, in recent years, Texans have witnessed the denigration of juries and the erosion of the judiciary by the very body entrusted to protect boththe Texas Supreme Court.

During the decade spanning 2000-2010, the members of your Texas Supreme Court found that Texas juriesmade up of every day, hardworking Texans—were wrong an astonishingly 74 percent of the time, overwhelmingly favoring the position of corporate defendants over small businesses, consumers and families. This lopsided practice is further revealed in a recent edition of the Baylor Law Review, in which the author notes: "[O]f the thirty-one major causation opinions the court has issued since [1995], only four decided the causation issue in favor of the plaintiff. The remainder found a way to benefit the defendant, most overturning jury verdicts, and many overturning courts of appeals' decisions that found sufficient evidence of causation."

These facts speak for themselves. Far from impartially administering justice, the Texas Supreme Court has become a reliable ally of those with deep pockets seeking to escape or minimize the consequences of their actions. Such blatant and consistent favoritism not only inflicts a horrible injustice on those plaintiffs with cases before the Court, but it erodes public confidence in our state's judiciary and our Constitution.

It's no secret that powerful and well-heeled corporate defendants and their special interest groups—such as Texans for Lawsuit Reform and The Texas Civil Justice League—have maintained an iron grip on Texas' highest Court. It's hypocritical for groups such as these to argue that they don't want to return to the ways the liberal Texas Supreme Court of the 1980s, yet they now go to those same 1980s lawyers to fund their Texas Supreme Court candidates and fund raisers.

For example, Texans for Lawsuit Reform is now going to the same faction they said poisoned the judiciary for support. Joe Jamail, a famous centerpiece of the "60 Minutes" expose on the Texas Supreme Court has given the maximum allowable political contribution to current Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht and co-hosts fundraisers. There is no denying that the donation of millions of dollars to these organizations' hand-picked candidates has tipped the scales of justice against the people of our great state.

The unexpected emergence of three qualified and experienced challengers in the GOP high court races clearly has rattled those entrenched forces, which have circled the wagons and opened their wallets in hopes of assuring that the three incumbent Texas Supreme Court justice candidates are re-elected and continue to occupy the bench for the next six years. The scare tactics and media blitzes currently being hurled at the public are unprecedented.

But on March 4, Texans voting in the GOP primary can back three new jurists who pledge to restore fairness, integrity and common sense to our courts. I am proud to be a Republican and a trial lawyer devoted to protecting the rights of ordinary citizens—both those who have been wronged or injured, and those who proudly, if sometimes reluctantly, serve on juries every day. I urge my fellow Republicans to send a message to the corporate special interest groups and left-leaning supporters of the status quo in both political parties: no matter how much money they spend, they cannot diminish our conservative values, supersede the judgment of jurors, and certainly should not own the Texas Supreme Court.

Attorney W. Mark Lanier founded The Lanier Law Firm in Houston in 1990, and has earned widespread recognition as one of the top trial lawyers in the United States. His law firm has provided financial support for the opponents of the three incumbent Texas Supreme Court justices seeking reelection this year.

CONTACT: J.D. Cargill, 281-866-6800

SOURCE The Lanier Law Firm

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
"DivvyCloud as a company set out to help customers automate solutions to the most common cloud problems," noted Jeremy Snyder, VP of Business Development at DivvyCloud, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Kubernetes is an open source system for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. Kubernetes was originally built by Google, leveraging years of experience with managing container workloads, and is now a Cloud Native Compute Foundation (CNCF) project. Kubernetes has been widely adopted by the community, supported on all major public and private cloud providers, and is gaining rapid adoption in enterprises. However, Kubernetes may seem intimidating and complex ...
While the focus and objectives of IoT initiatives are many and diverse, they all share a few common attributes, and one of those is the network. Commonly, that network includes the Internet, over which there isn't any real control for performance and availability. Or is there? The current state of the art for Big Data analytics, as applied to network telemetry, offers new opportunities for improving and assuring operational integrity. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jim Frey, Vice President of S...
DX World EXPO, LLC., a Lighthouse Point, Florida-based startup trade show producer and the creator of "DXWorldEXPO® - Digital Transformation Conference & Expo" has announced its executive management team. The team is headed by Levent Selamoglu, who has been named CEO. "Now is the time for a truly global DX event, to bring together the leading minds from the technology world in a conversation about Digital Transformation," he said in making the announcement.
"We focus on SAP workloads because they are among the most powerful but somewhat challenging workloads out there to take into public cloud," explained Swen Conrad, CEO of Ocean9, Inc., in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"As we've gone out into the public cloud we've seen that over time we may have lost a few things - we've lost control, we've given up cost to a certain extent, and then security, flexibility," explained Steve Conner, VP of Sales at Cloudistics,in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We provide IoT solutions. We provide the most compatible solutions for many applications. Our solutions are industry agnostic and also protocol agnostic," explained Richard Han, Head of Sales and Marketing and Engineering at Systena America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We are focused on SAP running in the clouds, to make this super easy because we believe in the tremendous value of those powerful worlds - SAP and the cloud," explained Frank Stienhans, CTO of Ocean9, Inc., in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"DX encompasses the continuing technology revolution, and is addressing society's most important issues throughout the entire $78 trillion 21st-century global economy," said Roger Strukhoff, Conference Chair. "DX World Expo has organized these issues along 10 tracks with more than 150 of the world's top speakers coming to Istanbul to help change the world."
"Peak 10 is a hybrid infrastructure provider across the nation. We are in the thick of things when it comes to hybrid IT," explained , Chief Technology Officer at Peak 10, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We are still a relatively small software house and we are focusing on certain industries like FinTech, med tech, energy and utilities. We help our customers with their digital transformation," noted Piotr Stawinski, Founder and CEO of EARP Integration, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"I think DevOps is now a rambunctious teenager – it’s starting to get a mind of its own, wanting to get its own things but it still needs some adult supervision," explained Thomas Hooker, VP of marketing at CollabNet, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We've been engaging with a lot of customers including Panasonic, we've been involved with Cisco and now we're working with the U.S. government - the Department of Homeland Security," explained Peter Jung, Chief Product Officer at Pulzze Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We're here to tell the world about our cloud-scale infrastructure that we have at Juniper combined with the world-class security that we put into the cloud," explained Lisa Guess, VP of Systems Engineering at Juniper Networks, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"I will be talking about ChatOps and ChatOps as a way to solve some problems in the DevOps space," explained Himanshu Chhetri, CTO of Addteq, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.