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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Municipal Court Judge Candidate Removed From Guardianship Position in 10 Cases

GuardianshipMunicipal Court judge candidate, Gretchen DeBacker was removed from ten guardianship cases for not filing mandatory reports on time. Her duty as a guardian was to look after the affairs of those who a judge had already deemed incompetent. She was removed from the ten cases over a five-year time span. DeBacker is running in the general election as a democratic judge. Currently, the position is filled by Joshua Lanzinger  a Republican appointed to the position. The election will take place on November 5. When asked about being removed from the ten cases DeBacker acknowledged her mistakes, "“It wasn’t anything to hurt the clients. It was simply my failure to show the status of my work to the court. Probate Court is not my regular or main area of practice. It’s not an excuse it’s simply an explanation.”  DeBacker does not have a disciplinary record.

See Tom Troy, Candidate Was Taken Off Guardianship Cases 10 Times,  Oct. 5, 2013.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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