AUSTIN (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday named Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht as the new chief of the state's highest civil court.
Perry called Hecht a "man of the most upstanding character and integrity." The 64-year-old Hecht was first elected to the high court in 1988 and is the longest-serving justice on the nine-member panel, all of whom are Republicans.
Hecht replaces Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson, who is stepping down in October. Jefferson was the court's first black justice.
The appointment comes as Hecht continues fighting a $29,000 state ethics fine from 2008. The Texas Ethics Commission had determined Hecht broke campaign finance laws stemming from his support of former U.S. Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers.
Hecht becomes the 27th chief justice in the court's history.
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Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.
Freezing drizzle causing dangerous conditions on roadways overnight.