SEGUIN — District Judge W.C. “Bud” Kirkendall has announced his candidacy for justice of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the state’s highest criminal court.
As district judge of the state’s Second 25th Judicial District, Kirkendall has served a four-county district in the high-growth San Antonio-Austin corridor since 2005 where he has built a reputation as a tough but fair judge.
Prior to his election to the bench, Kirkendall served for more than 20 years as district attorney of the 25th Judicial District, prosecuting felony criminal cases including being named “Texas Prosecutor of the Year” in 1996 by the State Bar of Texas.
An active member of the Texas legal community, Kirkendall is a past president and chairman of the board for the Texas District and County Attorneys Association and is a frequent speaker at continuing legal and judicial education seminars.
He has been awarded the Exemplary Judicial Faculty Award by the Texas Center for the Judiciary and the Political Courage Award by the Jon Ben Sheppard Public Leadership Forum at UT-Permian Basin.
Prior to his election as district attorney, Kirkendall was a criminal defense lawyer for 10 years. He also was honored to be appointed a briefing attorney for the Court of Criminal Appeals after his graduation from the University of Texas School of Law.
As a judge of the Court of Criminal Appeals, Kirkendall said he will work to apply the law as written while guaranteeing that the highest ethical and legal standards are applied to every case coming before the court.
“As a judge and former prosecutor, I understand the necessarily high burden placed on the state when it comes to taking a person’s freedom and will insist on the highest ethical and legal standards in that process,” Kirkendall said.
“In addition, the court plays a critical role in important constitutional issues such as the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment and Texas law, search and seizure matters, surveillance limitations and questions of online privacy. I will apply my conservative judicial philosophy, experience and maturity to each ruling, adhering to the constitutions of the United States and Texas.”
Kirkendall will be a candidate for the Court of Criminal Appeals in the Republican primary election to be held on March 4, 2014.