for Judge of the 18th District Court of Johnson and Somervell counties

for Judge of the 18th District Court of Johnson and Somervell counties

for Judge of the 18th District Court of Johnson and Somervell countiesfor Judge of the 18th District Court of Johnson and Somervell counties

FEBRUARY 20, 2020

I am Nationally Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. There are only 169 attorneys across the USA with this certification and I am the first in the history of Johnson and Somervell counties.

Early voting is going on right now and Election Day is March 3, 2020.

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JANUARY 26, 2020

Today, I am going to introduce you to Inmate Number 01888203 and The State of Texas vs. Rosalyn Burdett, a case tried in 2013. This case involved the Continuous Sexual Abuse of 2 Young Children and an amount of child pornography that still haunts me to this day. Thanks to a Johnson County Jury, this individual will never again see the light of day outside of a prison facility, as she received LIFE WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE.

The purpose of sharing articles like this is to demonstrate the range of cases I have handled in my career. These articles are not meant to negatively reflect on the defense attorneys. Our justice system does not work without the hard work and sacrifice of a competent defense bar. Each and every person accused of a crime is entitled to a defense and their day in court. 

The following areexcerpts from an article in the Cleburne Times Review, written by Matt Smith on October 25, 2013:

Jurors in the 18th District Court deliberated about 25 minutes Friday morning before finding Rosalyn Elizabeth Burdett guilty of continuous sexual abuse of a child in connection with her then 7-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter. Jurors, after the trial’s punishment phase, sentenced Burdett to life in prison without the possibility of parole after deliberating about 10 minutes.

Jay Morgan, who faced similar charges to Burdett’s, hanged himself in August while in custody at the Johnson County Law Enforcement Center and was pronounced dead later that same day.

Johnson County Assistant District Attorney Brent Huffman apologized to jurors on the opening day of Burdett’s trial for pictures they were about to see. In addition to numerous pictures of Burdett’s children unclothed and engaging in sexual activities, jurors also endured the reading of emails between Burdett and Morgan containing content of highly graphic sexual nature and the introduction of sex toys and devices into evidence.

“For her to have taken the witness stand and continue the lunacy that this was all some kind of staged deal, it’s just insane,” Huffman told jurors. “This was all about Rosalyn Burdett. I agree that [Morgan’s] burning in hell right now, but he wasn’t this guy she couldn’t get away from. She liked this relationship. Duress needs to be an imminent threat, not just someone you’re scared of. Every single one of you would’ve resisted this. There’s no way you would have let this happen. She put herself in that situation. She liked to get beat and humiliated and she offered her kids up to Jay Morgan. 

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JANUARY 4, 2020

Today, I was discussing my education with someone and I was asked why I came back to Cleburne after law school. The answer was simple; it was a choice to bring Stephanie back home to keep her surrounded by family and friends as she continued her fight with breast cancer. 

When Stephanie passed away in May 2008, I had the chance to go to work for a large firm in downtown Houston, but I understood the tremendous opportunity that was in front of me. Dale Hanna, our District Attorney for Johnson and Somervell counties, had entrusted me to prosecute the cases involving crimes against children. I knew that protecting the children of our community was more important than any amount of money I could have made at a large firm. 

I am proud of the difference that I have made as a public servant in my community for almost 12 years. I have served the citizens of Johnson and Somervell counties to the best of my ability, doing everything in my power to bring those who harm children to justice, and I am thankful to Dale Hanna for trusting me with that responsibility.

DECEMBER 15, 2019

I am a nationally recognized expert in prosecuting child abuse cases. In April 2019, I was invited to speak at the National District Attorneys Association’s seminar on Trying the Child Abuse Case in Tampa, Florida. The National District Attorneys Association is the oldest and largest organization representing state and local prosecutors across the country.

I was asked to bring someone in law enforcement to assist in the presentation, so I enlisted the help of Texas Ranger Don Stoner. Together, we gave a two-hour long presentation on the investigation and prosecution of Abusive Head Trauma in children.

My presentation focused on the medical side of Abusive Head Trauma, what prosecutors and law enforcement need to look for when dealing with a child who has been injured or killed, and how to effectively prosecute this type of case in front of a jury, while Ranger Stoner presented on how to properly work this type of crime scene and where law enforcement needs to be focused during their investigation.

I have the expertise that the next judge of the 18th District Court of Johnson and Somervell counties should possess, which would allow me to effectively and efficiently preside over these complicated cases.

DECEMBER 8, 2019

Yesterday, Tara gave me an early Christmas present of $1,500! We drove down to Austin and used it to pay the filing fee to the Republican Party of Texas. Now it’s officially more than “Facebook official,” I will be on the ballot in the March 2020 Republican primary for Judge of the 18th District Court.

Thank you, Tara! I couldn’t do this without you!

DECEMBER 3, 2019

When I started with the District Attorney’s Office on May 5, 2008, Stephanie, my first wife, was fighting for her life. Stephanie was diagnosed with breast cancer during my second year of law school, just two months after our first anniversary on March 29, 2002. I had just turned 26 years old and my beautiful wife was 29. Over the next two years her cancer came back twice, the second time as Stage IV. 

In the final months of 2007, the cancer became uncontrollable and Stephanie entered hospice care with the expectation of only a few weeks, but Stephanie refused to leave this earth until she knew that everyone would be okay. I still remember the smile on Stephanie’s face when I told her that I was going to be an Assistant District Attorney, as she knew that I had found my path. Stephanie survived 18 more days and passed away on May 23, 2008, in my arms. 

Ever since we lost her, Stephanie has been my guardian angel and will, from time-to-time, send me signs to let me know that she is still watching over me. Recently, she sent me a couple of these signs, indicating that now was the time to share her story, even though I have guarded her very closely for the last 11 years. 

Pictured above: The pink butterfly ornament Tara puts on our Christmas tree each year to remember Stephanie and the place she has in our lives.

NOVEMBER 19, 2019

Since joining the District Attorney’s Office for Johnson and Somervell counties in 2008, I have handled thousands of felony criminal cases. While these cases include all types of felonies ranging from possession of a controlled substance to burglary of a habitation to murder, my passion has always been prosecuting crimes against children.  

Three examples of my most significant jury trials involving crimes against children are:

In November 2009, I tried the first CONTINUOUS SEXUAL ABUSE OF A YOUNG CHILD case in Johnson County, resulting in a 50-year sentence in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Institutional Division without the possibility of parole. Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Young Child occurs when someone sexually abuses a child younger than 14, multiple times over a period greater than 30 days.

In September 2015, I tried a CAPITAL MURDER case for causing the death of a two-year-old child, resulting in a LIFE sentence in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Institutional Division. 

In January 2017, I tried the first SUPER AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD  case in Johnson County, resulting in two consecutive LIFE sentences in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Institutional Division without the possibility of parole. Super Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child occurs when someone sexually abuses a child younger than six years of age. 

The Judge of the 18th District Court should have significant jury trial experience and this is just a glimpse of my vast experience in trying the felony criminal case in Johnson and Somervell counties. 

NOVEMBER 17, 2019

First, I want to say thank you to everyone that took the time to read, share, and/or like my page. I have been overwhelmed by the support I have received since making my campaign official last week. 

This week, I will continue to provide information about my professional achievements. In addition to being Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, I am Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.  

I attained this honor in January 2019, and I am ONE of ONLY 35active attorneys in the State of Texas with this national recognition. Achieving this certification required me to prove my expertise in criminal trial law through my extensive courtroom experience and my vast knowledge of criminal law. I am the first and remain the only attorney in Johnson and Somervell counties recognized as Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. (statistics provided by the NBTA as of November 4, 2019)

Why does this matter to you? I believe that the judge of the 18th District Court must know the law and be able to apply the law correctly, so that matters are decided in a fair, impartial, and timely manner. I believe my specialized competency and comprehensive knowledge of the law shows that I am qualified to be the next Judge of the 18th District Court of Johnson and Somervell counties.

NOVEMBER 4, 2019

After months of prayer and discussions with my wife, family and the legal community of Johnson and Somervell counties, I am proud to officially announce my candidacy for Judge of the 18th District Court of Johnson and Somervell counties.  

The 18th District Court of Johnson and Somervell counties handles cases in Criminal Law, Family Law, and Civil Law, but during the last 10 years, over 90% of the jury trials held in this Court have been Criminal Jury Trials. I believe that one of the many attributes that should be required of the Judge of the 18th Judicial District Court of Johnson and Somervell counties is an expertise in the area of Criminal Law.  

In 2015, I attained a level of distinction in the area of Criminal Law that less than 1% of the active attorneys in the State of Texas have been able to achieve. The fact that I am  Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization establishes that I have a specialized competence in this area.  

I invite you to join me in this journey toward the Republican Primary on March 3, 2020. I will update this page weekly to allow voters the opportunity to learn as much about me as possible.

If you would like to support #TEAMBRENT, please email me and we will be sure to stay in touch. If you have any questions for me, please feel free to email me any time.

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