Judge Mansfield (or someone on his staff) was certainly capable of writing some astute opinions, see e.g., Smith, 897 S.W.2d 348 and Riney, 28 S.W.3d 561, and pretty well lived up to his promise to rule conservatively, so I would hesitate to bash him, though there are certainly valid questions to be raised about him. Considering his opponents, however, he's likely to get scalped.
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I worked with Tim Taft for several years with the Harris County District Attorneys Office. Tim has a first class legal mind and was always willing to help out when a crisis reared its ugly head in trial. Tim has been on the Court of Appeals in Houston for a couple of terms and has done a good job. Tim will do a fine job on the Court of Criminal Appeals.