Two stories crossed my desk this week that reminded me of what is at stake in the upcoming election that is less than two weeks away. While many voters are focused on the presidential race, and perhaps rightly so, most Texas voters are now focused on various races that will ultimately determine the make-up of the Texas legislature. However, in Texas, we also elect our judges, and while those are usually the races with the lowest profiles, they can and do have a huge impact on families.
This week an editorial in the Dallas Morning News laments the fact that many prosecutors get away with abuse of their authority and, when caught, are often given a “slap on the wrist.” This is true in the case of Michael Morton who was href="http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/10/19/texas-bar-sues-ex-da-says-withheld-evidence-in-187-murder-conviction-since/">wrongly convicted of murdering his wife and spent 25 years in prison — as it is now being alleged — because the prosecutor at the time, who is now a state district judge, withheld evidence that would have cleared him from the charge.
Michael Morton’s attorneys have “a rare court of inquiry that will hear arguments from Morton’s legal team that Anderson broke the law by scheming to conceal case records and block access to DNA tests while Morton sat in prison.”
Judge Ken Anderson, has been a sitting judge for years, and it brings to mind the question of what kind of justice has he dispensed during his time on the bench.
In a case involving the prosecution of home schoolers in Sweden, an appeals court has issued a unanimous ruling that a Jewish family in Gothenburg has the right to teach their children at home according to their faith, in spite of a ban on home schooling adopted last year by the national government of Sweden.
Judges are often the final arbiters of issues regarding families and sometimes issues related to home schooling. In Texas, we are seeing this more and more in relation to cases in which single parents are being challenged by non-parents because the non-parents strongly disagree with a parenting decision of the fit parent. Sometimes this decision is a decision to home school. A parent in this type of situation can face years of litigation and hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees simply because a judge does not understand or agree that a fit parent has a fundamental constitutional right to direct the care, control, and upbringing of their child.
In Texas, we are trying to unseat one such judge in this election who has demonstrated a lack of judicial demeanor as well as a bias against a home schooling mom. He removed her children because she home schooled them.
We have less than two weeks before this election, and we need your help in electing people who understand and support the fundamental right of parents to direct the care, control, and upbringing of their children. Please help THSC PAC in the last push to raise the funds we need to make this happen.