Reported by Yahoo! News & the Washington Examiner, “Chief Justice Hecht’s Rulings, Ethics Issues Jeopardize Re-Election Chances” based on latest Mason-Dixon poll.

Voters who learn of Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht’s controversial rulings and questionable ethics are significantly less likely to vote for him, according to a new Mason-Dixon Poll released February 25th, 2014. After learning about Hecht’s record, more Republican primary voters would choose Robert Talton over the chief justice, the survey found.

The poll, which surveyed 625 likely Republican primary voters last week, found:

58% would be less likely to vote for Hecht after learning that he ruled a woman is not entitled to damages if her boyfriend secretly videotapes them having sex and then releases the video to the public.

56% would be less likely to vote for Hecht after learning he had a $29,000 ethics fine imposed on him for campaign contribution violations. He has continued to fight to overturn the fine for the past five years.

45% would be less likely to vote for Hecht after learning he ruled in favor of the company that manufactured the anti-inflammatory medication Vioxx in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by a widow whose husband died of a heart attack after taking the drug. At the time of the ruling, the FDA had pulled the drug off the market after linking it to thousands of heart attacks.

41% would be less likely to vote for Hecht after learning he issued a ruling that made some public beaches private.

52% would be less likely to vote for justices who had overturned civil jury verdicts a majority of the time – as the current Supreme Court has done.


“I am a conservative who does not believe in judicial activism. Judges should interpret the law – not legislate. The law should be applied fairly and equally to all parties. And I believe that our system of trial by jury, overseen by a fair, impartial and independent judiciary, protects our rights as citizens and ensures that justice is done.”

Robert Talton is a resident of Pasadena, TX with his wife Sue of 44 years. He is a father of two and a grandfather of five. Robert served asa United States Air Force Reservist and a City of Pasadena Police Office working his way through college to earn a law degree from South Texas College of Law. Robert then began a 26 year private law practice. He was elected to the Texas Legislature for 16 years as the State Representative for District 144. During his tenure, he served as a vice chair and a member of the Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence. He has volunteered as a Republican precinct chair for six years and as the Harris County Republican Party general counsel.