Ousted Houston-area judge warns of 'mental torment' of role
HOUSTON (AP) - Houston area courts are expecting an influx of new Democratic judges, and at least one outgoing justice has raised concerns that they won't be able to handle the tough decisions that come with the position.
The Houston Chronicle reports that voters in November cleared Harris County's courtrooms of all Republican judges in 59 courts.
Judge Marc Carter was ousted after presiding over a felony court for 15 years. He says judges can't be prepared for "the mental torment" that comes with some decisions, such as signing death warrants.
Carter will be replaced by Frank Aguilar, who has more than 30 years of criminal law experience. Aguilar says that while some of the incoming judges don't have a lot of judicial experience, most have been lawyers and will improve the system.
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