Musings of Captain Justice a/k/a Gil Jones

Watching the end-game of one’s career

With strange pulses of feelings racing through my mind I realize that this is the end-game. Having been on the bench approaching 16 years I finally realize the fruits of my decision last year.

Republican Party (United States)

It is election day, 2012, for the State of Texas primaries. The Republican Primary will, in about 45 minutes, have chosen my successor. Of course, we won’t know that answer for perhaps another two hours beyond that.

The decision not to run again was always one of mixed feelings because I still enjoy the work. But I am doing what I said at the outset I would do, and that is to leave in this state of mind rather than waiting to become one of the grouchy displeased judges who stayed too long. Why risk having any feeling about a career like this other than “wow, that was a wonderful, privileged thing to do for my community,” why indeed?

But today it’s very real. My replacement will become known and my slow trek out of the abyss of judicial isolation will begin in earnest. It’s the end-game.

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6 thoughts on “Watching the end-game of one’s career

  1. Courtney Friedman


    What a wonderful gift you’ve given. I have an uncle who served as a Circuit Chancery judge for many years. It’s dedication, a love for justice, community and the idea of contributing to the greater good of people. I’d love to sit down and have a 1:1 lunch with you just to hear some of your amazing stories.

    All the best in your new journey ~

    1. Gil Jones Post author

      I would enjoy that, Courtney. Some of the stories can actually be shared in polite company! I want to hear about your uncle’s service as well. It is an amazing bit of work, and unique to our American system of justice. I hope you and Bruce are having an ongoing honeymoon. Officiating your wedding was one of the really enjoyable occasions of my service.

  2. Katherine McAnally

    It has been a privilege to appear in your court over the last six years. I learn something every time I appear before you. Thank you for your service to the community but especially the juveniles. You are an inspiration and a great influence on the lives of many misguided youth.

    1. Gil Jones Post author

      Thanks for the kind words. I do love the juvenile work because sometimes we — and that includes you most definitely — can change lives that are trying to get off course.

  3. Kathy Bohlin

    Thank you for many years of serving the community. I know you have had a lot of influence on many, especially young people. It takes a lot of wisdom and insight to know what to do in such tough situations. Thanks for being a good influence.

    1. Gil Jones Post author

      Thanks for the kind comments, Kathy. It has been a privilege to serve within my chosen profession.

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