On Tuesday, March 22, Gov. Rick Perry appointed Elsa Alcala of Houston to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals for a term to expire at the next general election.

A justice on the First Court of Appeals in Harris County, Alcala is a former district court judge and current vice chair of the State Bar of Texas Criminal Pattern Jury Charge Committee. She will fill the vacancy left by Judge Charles Holcomb, who retired from the Court in December.

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