Texas Supreme Court advisory

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For Monday, April 18, 2011
CHIEF JUSTICE POPE, AT 98, TO BE HONORED BY TEXAS LEGISLATURE

Retired Chief Justice Jack Pope, who served longer as a judge than any Texas Supreme Court justice in history, will be honored in the Texas House chamber at 1 p.m. Monday, his 98th birthday.

 

In a joint resolution the House and Senate will note his birthday and accomplishments in a judicial career that spanned almost four decades, including as a district court judge in Corpus Christi, as a justice on the San Antonio Court of Appeals and as a justice on the Supreme Court. His spent the last two years on the Supreme Court, 1982 to the beginning of 1985, as chief justice.

 

The resolution is sponsored in the House by Pope’s former law clerk, state Rep. Dan Branch of Highland Park, who once used the old Olympics figure-skating scoring method to congeal the Pope legend. “Whether judging him as a man or a jurist or legal scholar or writer,” Branch said, “whatever aspect of his life, I’d hold a 10 up.”

 

The Senate sponsor is state Sen. Kirk Watson of Austin.

 

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