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Judge Prohl
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 • Posted November 4, 2009

Dear Editor,

I want to say a few words about the Honorable Judge Karl Prohl. Judge Prohl honorably served the Counties of Kerr, Kimble, Mason, Menard and McCulloch for almost twenty years as District Court Judge for the 198th Judicial District. He recently resigned from that position after a long and distinguished career. Whatever the cause for Judge Prohl's resignation has no bearing on the fact that he served us all honorably and well for nearly 20 years.

The Judges we elect are expected to sit in impartial judgement of us as though they have no previous built in prejudices; as though they have no preconceived opinions of the lawyers that appear before them; and as though they have no preconceived opinions of the parties to the litigation that is being heard by them. One can only imagine how difficult it would be for a Judge to be impartial toward a litigant or a lawyer, who the Judge knew to be a scoundrel or someone unworthy of belief. Yet that is exactly what our society expects of the Judges of our State. We expect our Judges to make decisions on the cases before them based only on the evidence introduced in their courtroom. It has to be very hard to do. Coupled with living in Rural communities, as ours is, it is even harder because most of us have known each other for many years…

I have been practicing law in the State of Texas for over forty years and have appeared before many Judges in many of the counties of this state. Of all the Judges I have appeared before, both State and Federal, there are three Judges that stand out, in my mind, as being the most impartial and the most willing to allow the parties to present all they want to say about their side of their case. Judge Prohl is one of those three.

I believe there could never be a time that Judge Prohl could ever be anyway but fair and impartial to any party who appeared before him in his courtroom. If Judge Prohl accepted funds from our Honorable and very capable former District Attorney, Ron Sutton, to go to a legal seminar and pay his travel expenses to get there, that would NEVER have caused Judge Prohl to favor the state over someone charged with a crime in his courtroom, in my humble opinion. We all owe Judge Prohl a deep debt of gratitude for his many years of service to our communities in Kerr, Kimble, Menard, Mason, and McCulloch.

Joseph Heffington

Kerrville, Texas

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