by Michael Handley, DBN Managing Editor
Penny Phillips, candidate for 5th District Court of Appeals, Place 5, is out with a very well done campaign video on YouTube. I have been urging candidates to take advantage of free Internet broadcast channels, particularly YouTube, to inform voters about themselves and their campaigns.
The DBN gives the Phillips Campaign a big hat tip for posting a very well done campaign video! The DBN will give a hat tip to every video any Democratic Candidate posts on YouTube.
Penny served the state of Texas as an Assistant District Attorney in the 1990s. She also served the United States as a JAG officer in the Air Force.
As a judge on the Court of Appeals, Penny would make sure that the lower court judges got the right answer by applying the right law to the facts of the case.
In other words, as an appeals judge Penney would look at the law as it exists and hold everyone to it.
Penny's background makes her a great choice to do this job and serve as a Justice on the 5th District Court of Appeals.
The Texas District Courts of Appeals are distributed in fourteen districts around the state of Texas. The Courts of Appeal have intermediate appellate jurisdiction in both civil and criminal cases appealed from district or county courts. Like the Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals, Justices of the Texas Courts of Appeals are elected to six-year terms by general election.
Appeals from Collin, Dallas, Kaufman, Rockwall and Grayson counties (map) are all heard by the 5th District Court of Appeals, which includes one Chief Justice and twelve other Justices.
In the 2012 General Election five Democratic Candidates are running for the 5th Court of Appeals.
- Tonya Holt for 5th District Court of Appeals Place 11
- Penny Phillips for 5th District Court of Appeals Place 5
- Larry Praeger for 5th District Court of Appeals Place 12
- David Hanshen for 5th District Court of Appeals Place 9
- Dan Wood for 5th District Court of Appeals Place 2
Both civil and criminal appeals are typically heard by a panel of three justices, unless in a particular case "en banc" hearing is ordered, in which instance all the justices of that Court hear and consider the case. (Graphical Guide to the Court System of Texas)
Click on the Texas District Courts of Appeals
district numbers in the map below.