|Current Court Information:|
|Texas District 51|
|Past position:||Family law master, 7th Judicial Administrative Judicial Region|
|Past position 2:||Attorney in private practice|
|Undergraduate:||University of Texas at Austin|
|Law School:||Southern Methodist University|
|Candidate for:||Texas Court of Criminal Appeals|
|Election information 2014:|
- See also: Texas judicial elections, 2014
| Walther ran for election to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
Primary: She was defeated in the Republican primary on March 4, 2014, receiving 39.6% of the vote. She competed against Bert Richardson.
Below are the results of the 2014 judicial poll, conducted by the State Bar of Texas, which asked attorneys to cast a vote in favor of their preferred candidate in each appellate race.
|Place 3 Judge|
|Mark W. Bennett||2083|
Walther has been endorsed by the following organizations, as listed on her campaign website:
- See also: Texas judicial elections, 2012
Walther received an associate's degree from Stephens College. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her J.D. degree from Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law.
Walther began her career as a private practice attorney in Dallas, Texas. She worked in this position until 1983, when she moved her practice to San Angelo. In 1987, she was appointed a Title IV-D Family Law Master for the 7th Judicial Administrative Judicial Region. She was then elected judge of the 51st District Court in 1992.
Awards and associations
- 2008: Outstanding Jurist Award, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Texas Chapter
- 2007: Presidential Citation from State Bar President Martha Dickie
- 2004: San Angelo Angel, San Angelo Schools Foundation
- 1997: Named one of 85 Texas Women of Distinction, Girl Scout Councils of Texas
- Texas Bar Foundation
- State Bar of Texas
- Texas Center for the Judiciary
- Member, Court of Criminal Appeals Education Committee
- Faculty member, Texas Center and Judicial Section education programs
- Community Advisory Board, Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health
FLDS and Warren Jeffs child custody case
Walther was a judge on the child custody case involving the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) that was raided by Texas authorities after receiving an anonymous phone call that there was abuse occurring on the FLDS compound. This led to the removal of 437 children, who were found by the court to be suffering from abuse due to the group's polygamist views. Warren Jeffs, the leader of the Mormon sect, was later sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting two underage girls.
Judge Walther, stated:
|“||The court has ruled the conditions those children were in were not safe for the children.||”|
Scott Henson of the Dallas Morning News responded to the judge in an op-ed piece, writing:
|“||You've ruled the existence of five girls between 16 and 19 who were pregnant or had children was evidence of systematic abuse, even though in Texas 16-year-olds can marry with parental consent. You've ruled young toddlers are in "immediate" danger because of their parents' beliefs or what might happen 15 years from now, not because anyone abuses them.||”|
Results following appealsTexas Supreme Court found when Walther ordered child protective services to remove 416 FLDS children from the custody of their mothers, she abused her discretion.
- Barbara Walther campaign website
- Official website of Tom Green County, Texas
- Barbara Walther for Court of Criminal Appeals website
- Texas Secretary of State, "2012 General Election Summary," accessed October 8, 2014 Select "2012 General Election"
- Texas Secretary of State, "2014 March Primary Election Candidate Filings by County (A-L)"
- Texas Secretary of State, "2014 March Primary Election Candidate Filings by County (M-Z)"
- Texas Secretary of State, "Republican Party Primary Election, Unofficial Results," 2014
- State Bar of Texas "Judicial Poll results," 2014
- Barbara Walther campaign website, "Walther campaign homepage," archived February 25, 2014
- Barbara Walther campaign website, "Biography," archived on February 24, 2014
- Martindale.com, "Judge Profile: Barbara Lane Walther," accessed October 8, 2014
- Deseret News, "Calls from 'Sarah' kept on coming," April 24, 2008
- Reuters, "Texas jury sentences polygamist leader to life," August 9, 2011
- The Dallas Morning News, "Scott Henson: Where's the evidence of abuse?" April 23, 2008]
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- The Monitor, "7 candidates vie for chance to reshape Texas Criminal Court," February 11, 2014