The following is a cached version of the recommendations that appeared in the Dallas Morning News Editorial Section, Thursday, September 11, 2008
07:38 AM CDT on Thursday, September 11, 2008
Three judgeships are up for election on the 13-member Court of Appeals for the Fifth District of Texas. The Dallas-based court handles civil and criminal appeals from district and county courts in the following counties: Dallas, Collin, Grayson, Hunt, Rockwall and Kaufman. The judges serve six-year terms.
Justice David L. Bridges, a Republican from Fate, has written more than 1,200 opinions in 12 years on the appeals court. His Democratic opponent, first-term state District Judge David Hanschen of Dallas, finds fault with none of them.
Experience shows, and for that reason Justice Bridges, 53, is the superior choice in this contest.
The incumbent has a broader background, from 25 years in the legal field, including work as a legal-aid lawyer in the Panhandle, counsel for the State Bar of Texas and an assistant district attorney handling felonies and appeals.
This is the third political race in six years for Judge Hanschen, 58. He lost a bid for a state district judgeship in 2002 and won a second try in 2006.
Judge Hanschen has done criminal defense work, including two felony cases, and says his background as an entrepreneur would benefit the court's consideration of business matters. We respect his thinking, but in this case his qualifications fall short of his opponent's.