Davis Will Not Seek Re-Election to 272nd District Court

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The judge at the center of a number of high-profile events at the Brazos County Courthouse says he will not seek a third term in 2008.

Judge Rick Davis, who heads up the 272nd District Court, announced Monday he will not run for re-election when his current term expires in 18 months. In a press release, Davis cited his family as the main reason for his eventual departure, saying his four sons had either left for college or would be leaving soon.

"I have enjoyed serving the public, and it has been both rewarding and satisfying," Davis said in the release. "I am also grateful for the trust the public reposed in me as District Judge and Brazos County Court at Law No. 2 Judge these past several years."

Davis stated the announcement came at this time because he felt any lawyers who would want the job would begin campaigning soon, so they should know he would not be in the running.

The judge's tenure has been one filled with controversy. His website, "The Texas Inquisition," was set up, he said, to call into question the state's judicial disciplinary system. However, he was later accused of using the site to attack current and former members of the Brazos County District Attorney's Office.

Davis also called for a court of inquiry against Assistant District Attorney Shane Phelps. Davis claimed Phelps had abused his power when dealing with a grand jury extended by Davis, which was investigating District Attorney Bill Turner. The charges against Phelps were eventually dropped, with the visiting judge overseeing the case noting deep divisions between Davis and the DA's office.

Most recently, the State Commission on Judicial Conduct amended its complaint against Judge Davis to include the court of inquiry.