Gov. Rick Perry didn’t have to look far to make his latest selection for the Texas Supreme Court. Today, he chose his chief of staff, Jeff Boyd, to replace Dale Wainwright, who left the high court and is now a partner in Bracewell & Giuliani in Austin.
Boyd has also served as Perry’s general counsel, a partner in Thompson & Knight in Austin, and a Texas assistant attorney general. His appointment is effective as of Dec. 3 for a term to expire at the next general election.
“He has earned my confidence, and the confidence of those he has worked with in all his endeavors, because he has a brilliant legal mind, he is committed to preserving the rule of law, and he strives every day to live a life of fairness, integrity and compassion. I know he will bring this same commitment to the Texas Supreme Court, and we will all be better for it," the press release quotes Perry as saying. Boyd didn’t immediately return a call for comment.
Yet we wonder if Boyd knew of his appointment before Thanksgiving and if he spent the holiday at his in-laws’ house in Bellville. That drive inspired Boyd to nominate Bellville’s unfortunate Austin County Courthouse as one of the ugliest in the state, as reported in a Texas Lawyer series in 2009.
Boyd nominated the courthouse by issuing this observation: “I go there all of the time,” Boyd said of Bellville, which is in Southeast Texas. “And I think, ‘This could be the prettiest town square if there weren't that cube of ice sitting in the middle of it.’ ”
--- John Council