A Democrat running for Place 6 on the Texas Supreme Court has nonsuited her legal challenge to Justice Nathan Hecht’s candidacy.
On June 13, plaintiff Michele Petty nonsuited her claim against Hecht, the Texas Republican Party, its chairman Steve Munisteri, the state of Texas and Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade.
The defendants had denied the allegations. (Click to read Hecht's answer, the state of Texas and Andrade's answer, and the Republican Party of Texas and Munisteri's answer.)
In her nonsuit, Petty claims her investigation revealed that the people who circulated Hecht’s petitions “did not comply with the letter of the statute.” But the nonsuit says those who signed “did fully understand what they were doing,” and “it would not be fair to invalidate their signatures.”
Petty explains, “We have so few people who are interested and willing in getting involved in judicial elections. . . . So, to put every single person who ever signs a petition at risk of being deposed, I just made the decision that’s not what I wanted to do.”
Eric Opiela, assistant general counsel of the Republican Party of Texas, who represents the GOP and Munisteri, says about the nonsuit, “We were prepared to defend our party’s nominee, we felt the suit didn’t have merit, and apparently she nonsuited it herself.”
Assistant attorney general Kathlyn Wilson, who represents Andrade and the state, refers comment to the Texas Office of Attorney General’s press office. OAG spokeswoman Lauren Bean declines comment. Scott, Douglass & McConnico partner Steve McConnico, who represents Hecht, didn’t return a telephone message seeking comment.
-- Angela Morris