Amarillo Judge Moves To TX Supreme Court, Changes In Lubbock May Follow - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/15/05

Amarillo Judge Moves To TX Supreme Court, Changes In Lubbock May Follow

NewsChannel 11 has learned a supreme court appointment may create openings and changes at the Lubbock County Courthouse.

In March, Governor Perry named Texas Tech School of Law graduate Philip Johnson to the state supreme court. Johnson is currently the Chief Justice of the 7th Court of Appeals in Amarillo. That appointment may lead to a domino effect of possible job changes in Lubbock.

Judge Mackey Hancock has applied for the 7th District Court of Appeals position in Amarillo, and the governor's office confirms that Judge Sam Medina is one of the judges under consideration for the position.

In the event of an open judge position in Lubbock, District Attorney Bill Sowder has announced his interest. That could result in the appointment of First District Attorney Matt Powell to district attorney.

At this time, any available positions would be filled by appointments from the governor's office since they would be mid-term changes.

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