In a story first published in the Sacramentao Bee, a California family court judge is facing a potential recall for allegedly posing danger to children and parents through his rulings from the bench. According to the recall petition, Judge Peter McBrien is purported to have placed children with sexually and physically abusive parents on two occasions in 1989 and 1998. The recall petition, initiated by about two dozen residents, requires the signatures of 20 percent of the voters to be successful.
California, like most other states have their Judges appointed by the governor. In Texas, our Judges are elected. This story seems to give evidence that our system here in Texas isn’t as backwards as it may seem.