Bert Richardson (judge)

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Robert Carl "Bert" Richardson
Place 3 Judge of the
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Assumed office
2015
Preceded byTom Price
Judge of the 379th District Court in Bexar County
In office
1999–2009
Preceded byNew judgeship
Succeeded byRon Rangel
Personal details
Born1956
San Antonio, Texas, USA
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Terri Richardson
Children1
ResidenceSan Antonio, Texas
Alma materJudson High School
Brigham Young University
St. Mary's University School of Law

Robert Carl Richardson, known as Bert Richardson (born 1956), is an American judge who serves as the Place 3 judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the court of last resort in state criminal cases, to which he was elected in 2014.

Background[edit]

A native and resident of San Antonio, Texas, Richardson was reared in a military family. His father was a fighter pilot, and Richardson spent part of his earlier life abroad in Argentina and in several places in Europe. He graduated from Judson High School in Converse in Bexar County. He received his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and his legal degree from St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, dates of study unavailable.[1]

A former competitive runner, Richardson is also heavily involved in his avocation of photography. He married his wife, Terri, a month before he began law school. He has a son, Cory Sean Richardson (born 1988), who attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock.[1]

Legal career[edit]

Richardson began his legal career with the Bexar County district attorney's office in 1988. In 1998, he joined the staff of the United States attorney in San Antonio. In 1999, Governor George W. Bush appointed Richardson, a Republican, to a newly created state judgeship numbered 379. He remained on the bench uncontested until his defeat in the 2008 general election by a Democrat, Ron Rangel, 263,857 (53.8 percent) to 227,015 (46.3 percent).[2]

Richardson has been a special state judge on call. He was scheduled to hear the 2014 indictment of Governor Rick Perry for abuse of official capacity by the Travis County District Attorney's office. After his election to the Court of Criminal Appeals, Richardson refused to throw out the case against the governor on a technicality, as Perry's attorney had sought. Richardson has not yet ruled on constitutional objections raised by the Perry lawyers.[3]

In the Republican primary for the Court of Criminal Appeals on March 4, 2014, Richardson defeated Judge Barbara Walther, the first woman and the first Republican to serve on the 51st Texas District Court in San Angelo. Richardson polled 668,618 votes (60.4 percent) to Walther's 439,267 (39.6 percent).[4] Richardson then prevailed in the general election, 2,738,412 (59.8 percent) to 1,617,921 (36.5 percent) for his principal opponent, the Democrat, John Granberg.[5]

Elected to the Court of Criminal Appeals with Richardson are Kevin Patrick Yeary, also of San Antonio and David Newell of Houston. The terms of all three judges expire on December 31, 2020.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ken Nikaidoh (October 2008). "Judge Bert Richardson". NSIDE TX. Archived from the original on December 19, 2014. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  2. ^ "General election returns, November 4, 2008". Texas Secretary of State. Archived from the original on November 8, 2006. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  3. ^ Will Weissert (November 18, 2014). "Judge Refuses To Toss Rick Perry Case". The Huffington Post. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  4. ^ "Republican primary election returns, March 4, 2014". Texas Secretary of State. Archived from the original on November 8, 2006. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  5. ^ "General election returns, November 4, 2014". Texas Secretary of State. Archived from the original on November 8, 2006. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Tom Price
Judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Place 3

Robert Carl "Bert" Richardson
2015–

Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
New judgeship
Judge of the Texas 379th District Court in Bexar County

Robert Carl "Bert" Richardson
1999–2009

Succeeded by
Ron Rangel