A Travis County judge on Monday declined to remove Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeff Brown from the Republican primary ballot over alleged defects to his ballot application.
Brown’s primary opponent, Dripping Springs lawyer Joe Pool, sued to remove Brown’s name after state Republican officials refused to modify the ballot, saying Brown had met all requirements to appear in the primary.
Pool argued that Brown failed to collect the required 50 signatures from registered voters in each of the state’s 14 court of appeals districts because defects — including pages that were incomplete or were affirmed by a notary whose commission had expired — required certain petitions to be invalidated.
Several hours after hearing arguments and testimony in a morning hearing, District Judge Amy Clark Meachum announced that she would not grant Pool’s request for a temporary injunction. She did not indicate the reason but said, in a letter to lawyers, that an order will be prepared and distributed in the future.
Brown is facing his first election as an incumbent on the state’s highest civil court after his appointment by Gov. Rick Perry in September. He replaced Justice Nathan Hecht, who now serves as the court’s chief justice.