According to a July 2 public notice, the $160,080-per-year job starts in May 2013 and lasts for eight years. The judge will be responsible for preliminary proceedings in criminal cases, trials and dispositions of misdemeanor cases, district judge-assigned pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings, and more.
Applications are due Aug. 31. A merit selection panel of attorneys and community members will review applicants and make a recommendation to district court judges. The court will appoint a new magistrate judge after an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a tax check by the Internal Revenue Service.
Southern District Chief Judge Ricardo Hinojosa, Clerk of Court David Bradley and current Corpus Christi U.S. Magistrate Judges Janice Ellington each didn’t return a telephone call seeking comment. Corpus Christi U.S. Magistrate Judge Brian Owsley and deputy-in-charge clerk of court Marianne Serpa both decline comment.
-- Angela Morris