Steven Wayne Smith
American judge
Steven Wayne Smith
Steven Wayne Smith, is a Republican former Texas Supreme Court associate justice, who was defeated for renomination in 2004 through the active opposition of Governor Rick Perry. He was unseated by Paul W. Green. Smith again lost – very narrowly – a bid for nomination to the court in the March 7, 2006, GOP primary, when Perry again opposed his candidacy. Smith did not file to run in the March 4, 2008, Republican primary for the high court.
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GOP Lawmaker Readies Bill To Revoke Bill Cosby's Medal Of Freedom
Huffington Post - about 1 year
WASHINGTON -- A Republican congressman plans to introduce legislation on Friday to strip Bill Cosby of his Presidential Medal of Freedom. The bill from Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar would establish a formal process for revoking the nation's highest civilian honor. Cosby, who has been accused of sexual assault or rape by more than 50 women, was awarded the Medal of Freedom in 2002 by President George W. Bush. Gosar said while the once-beloved entertainer should be presumed innocent until proven guilty, Cosby already admitted in a 2005 sworn deposition that he obtained Quaaludes, a prescription sedative drug, to give to women he wanted to have sex with. Cosby was also charged last week with sexual assault in Pennsylvania. "As a standing person with the Presidential Medal of [Freedom], you can't have that. You just can't have that," Gosar said Wednesday. "That award should be so encompassing for the whole aspect of your life, and there's no room to have a bad apple." Here's a copy ...
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GOP Lawmaker Readies Bill To Revoke Bill Cosby's Medal Of Freedom
Huffington Post - about 1 year
WASHINGTON -- A Republican congressman plans to introduce legislation on Friday to strip Bill Cosby of his Presidential Medal of Freedom. The bill from Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar would establish a formal process for revoking the nation's highest civilian honor. Cosby, who has been accused of sexual assault or rape by more than 50 women, was awarded the Medal of Freedom in 2002 by President George W. Bush. Gosar said while the once-beloved entertainer should be presumed innocent until proven guilty, Cosby already admitted in a 2005 sworn deposition that he obtained Quaaludes, a prescription sedative drug, to give to women he wanted to have sex with. Cosby was also charged last week with sexual assault in Pennsylvania. "As a standing person with the Presidential Medal of [Freedom], you can't have that. You just can't have that," Gosar said Wednesday. "That award should be so encompassing for the whole aspect of your life, and there's no room to have a bad apple." Here's a copy ...
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Elizabeth Benjamin, Steven Smith Jr.: Their Finish Line Is Down the Aisle
NYTimes - over 3 years
The bride is the host of a political affairs show on the YNN cable network in Albany. The groom is the spokesman for the Albany Police Department.     
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CNN's Christiane Amanpour Fooled By Fake Twitter Account
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Christiane Amanpour was duped on Thursday by a fake Twitter account for someone posing as a congressman. A "Rep. Steven Smith” who claimed to be a "Tea Party patriot" representing Georgia’s 15th congressional district tweeted at Amanpour about her promo for her interview with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle. Amanpour responded: Seriously? RT @RepStevenSmith: @camanpour @cnni Maybe if we kept a better eye on them in 1939, WWII wouldn't have happened. — Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) October 31, 2013 But it turns out that there's no Rep. Steven Smith or a 15th congressional district in Georgia. And top it off, the account uses a photo that Mediaite reported is "a stock photo for a big and tall apparel shop based in New Hampshire." (h/t Mediaite)
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Cutting Short-Term Pollutants May Not Be The Best Way To Curb Climate Change
Huffington Post - over 3 years
By Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle OSLO, Aug 12 (Reuters) - A U.S.-led drive to reduce soot and other heat-trapping air pollutants worldwide is less promising than hoped as a new front in the fight against climate change, according to a study published on Monday. Frustrated by failure to agree a broad international deal to limit global warming, about 30 nations have joined the U.S. initiative to limit short-lived air pollutants as a new way to curb temperature rises, protect health and aid crop growth. But the report said that extra measures to reduce such pollutants, led by soot and methane, would cut temperature rises by only 0.16 degree Celsius (0.29 Fahrenheit) by 2050, far less than some estimates that the benefits could be 0.5C (0.9F). "Reductions of methane and black carbon (soot) would likely have only a modest impact on near-term global climate warming," the authors at the U.S. Departm ...
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Video: U.S. Senate's deep divide
CBS News - over 4 years
Washington University professor Steven Smith tells Steve Kroft that Americans are polarized - and tend to trust their own parties to fight on their behalf.
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County Court Minutes 05-16-12
My Eagle News - almost 5 years
IN THE COUNTY COURT OF THE STATE OF OREGON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF GRANT MAY 16, 2012 Pursuant to notice made to the newspaper of general circulation throughout Grant County, the radio station in Grant County and e-mail distribution list, a regular meeting of the County Court was held at the County Courthouse in Canyon City OR. 9:00 am -- Call to Order. Present were Commissioners Scott W. Myers and Boyd Britton, Secretary Mary Ferrioli, Commissioner Candidate Mick Dougharity and Pastor Eric Bortell. Judge Mark Webb was attending a Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. Spring Conference this week in Bend. A Pledge of Allegiance was given to the US flag. The invocation was given by Pastor Bortell. PROGRAM. MSP: Myers/Britton -- to accept the program as presented ANNOUNCEMENTS. Myers reported on the Northeast Oregon Housing Authority board of director’s annual meeting he attended in La Grande yesterday. 9:05 am – Treasurer Kathy Smith entered Britton missed th ...
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Resident Witnesses Bear Scuffle
Tri-Boro Patch - almost 5 years
Two black bears, that were allegedly seen fighting each other outside a Vreeland Avenue residence Friday, damaged two vehicles before leaving the scene before police arrived, Bloomingdale police said. A resident called about the animal dispute at 3:01 a.m. and police said when Ptl. Steven Smith and Ptl. Michael Fatzer arrived, though they did not see the bears, they observed dents and claw marks on one of the vehicles and damage to the other vehicle.
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Freedom surgeon Dr. Steven Smith placed on probation for 2009 surgery after which patient died
Santa Cruz Sentinel - almost 5 years
FREEDOM - Dr. Steven C. Smith, a surgeon and family practitioner in Freedom, has been disciplined by the state medical board.
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New Stop Signs Coming to a Borough Intersection
Naugatuck Patch - almost 5 years
The Naugatuck Police Commission approved Tuesday the placement of two new stop signs at an intersection of a pair of borough side streets. The commission voted unanimously during a meeting at the Naugatuck Police Department to put new signs at the point where Bird Road and Spruce Drive meet. The two quiet residential streets are located in the eastern part of Naugatuck, off of May Street. Initially, the commission had discussed potentially putting a “Slow — Children Playing” sign at the corner, however after conducting a traffic study, Deputy Chief Joshua Bernegger recommended the stop signs instead. In explaining his reasoning, Bernegger mentioned how some residents were concerned about safety in the area. The traffic study showed there was also some limited sight distance in the neighborhood where those roads met, the deputy chief said. Commission Chairman Steven Smith also mentioned the residents that filed the complaint have grandchildren that play in the area who also ...
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For the Record: Sept. 1, 2 - Carlsbad Current Argus
Google News - over 5 years
Steven Smith, 28, transient, charged with battery on a household member and family violation protection order. Kristen Curbello, age unknown, of the 3000 block of Ocotillo Canyon, charged with shoplifting. Gabriel Medina, 32, of the 500 block of South
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Family appeals for help in finding slain executive's body - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 5 years
Steven Smith, Christopher father, said "our family wants Christopher's remains back. We want to know where Christopher is. Someone out there can help us." He said the family is still reeling, trying to understand what happened
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Elderly-abuse suspect arrested again - The Spokesman Review (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Stevens County prosecutors said that Friedlund contacted a witness in the theft case, Steven Smith of Anna, Texas, and told Smith to say that 106-year-old Frances T. Swan authorized previous money transfers from Friedlund to Smith that totaled about
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Steven Smith: (Knee) Week 1 Eagles Debut Unlikely - Rotowire
Google News - over 5 years
Coach Andy Reid said, "There's a pretty good chance" Smith (knee) won't play Week 1, Philadelphia Inquirer writer Jonathan Tamari reports. This is not surprising. Smith estimated Saturday that it'd take 4-to-6 weeks for him to be fully healthy,
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Steven Wayne Smith
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 54
    In 2016, he is the editor of www.TexasLegalGuide.com.
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    He shares the name of the Republican governor of Wisconsin, who withdrew from the 2016 presidential election.
    More Details Hide Details Walker may have hence prevailed in the judicial race on the basis of a well-known name. Walker attributed his strong showing to divine intervention: "I spent a lot of time praying. God really blessed me with a great victory." In last place was Sid Harle, the former prosecutor in the Bexar County district attorney's office and a 27-year district court judge from San Antonio, who drew 370,766 votes (18.5 percent). Walker subsequently handily defeated Webster in their runoff contest, 207,195 (57.9 percent) to 150,722 (42.1 percent). The runoff attracted only 2.5 percent of all registered voters statewide. Walker now faces Dori Contreras Garza, who polled 1,020,753 primary votes running unopposed in the Democratic primary. In his campaign, Smith had advocated consolidating the state Supreme Court with the Court of Criminal Appeals, both of which have nine members elected statewide, to reduce the number of judges required by the state. Smith is a former general counsel to the Texas Legal Foundation.
  • FORTIES
  • 2006
    Age 44
    Both Willett and Smith took conservative legal positions with respect to the high court, which hears civil and juvenile appeals cases. Bush announced on January 19, 2006, that he was supporting Willett.
    More Details Hide Details In 2004, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison supported Smith's reelection, but she endorsed Willett in the 2006 race. Cornyn and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, himself a former Texas Supreme Court justice, also endorsed Willett. The San Antonio Express-News endorsed Willett, but the Fort Worth Star-Telegram backed Smith. Smith lost to Willett by 4,979 votes. He sought a recount. Willett's victory came largely from his strong showings in populous Harris, Tarrant, Dallas, Bexar, Gregg, and Travis counties. Smith ran well in Brazos, Tom Green, Victoria, and Potter counties as well as in numerous less-populated counties. Ten years after his last defeat for the state Supreme Court, Smith entered the Republican primary for the Place 5 seat on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals being vacated by Republican Cheryl Johnson. He ran third among four candidates and finished with 393,458 votes (19.6 percent). The second-place candidate, Brent Webster of Williamson County, with 410,530 votes (20.5 percent), led Smith by 17,072 votes and secured the runoff berth against the top candidate, Scott Walker, who polled 832,685 (41.5 percent). Walker did virtually no campaigning, received no newspaper endorsements, funded no advertising, and entrusted his campaign to his son.
  • 2005
    Age 43
    He opposed Justice Don R. Willett of Austin, a Baylor and Duke University Law School graduate who was appointed to the bench in fall 2005 by Governor Perry to replace newly confirmed Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Priscilla Owen.
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  • 2004
    Age 42
    Smith's 2004 supporters included the Texas Eagle Forum, former Governor Bill Clements, (for whom Smith worked in Clements' second term), former Congressman and Railroad Commissioner Kent Hance (who opposed Clements in the 1986 Republican gubernatorial primary), conservative/libertarian Congressman Ron Paul, and California activist Ward Connerly, president of the Civil Rights Institute.
    More Details Hide Details Perry and U.S. Senator John Cornyn opposed Smith's candidacy and he eventually lost the primary to Green. Green was unopposed in the 2004 general election. Green still holds this seat on the Supreme Court. A controversial email that Smith sent out responding to Green's attack that Smith was short on credentials may have backfired and cost Smith some support. While touting his own academic achievements at the University of Texas School of Law, Smith disparaged Green's academic achievements, namely that Green had graduated from St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, a smaller and less well known law school. Senator John Cornyn is a St. Mary's alumnus. Dean Bill Piatt of St. Mary’s blasted Smith, saying that it was inappropriate for a sitting Supreme Court justice to belittle one of the law schools in the State of Texas. Piatt widely distributed a letter that he had written to Smith to many alumni of St. Mary's and others in the legal community. Smith wrote a conciliatory response letter to Piatt, but did not publicize that letter.
    In 2004, Smith again tapped David Rogers to manage his campaign for a full six-year term on the Supreme Court.
    More Details Hide Details Rogers noted that in the 2002 primary election, while grass-roots Republicans supported Smith, many political insiders did not.
    Thus, Smith had to run for re-election in 2004.
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  • 2002
    Age 40
    Smith was elected to the court in 2002 by first defeating Xavier Rodriguez, an appointee of Governor Rick Perry, in the Republican primary.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2001
    Age 39
    Under the Texas Constitution, after he resigned in 2001 to run for Texas Attorney General. an election had to be scheduled for fall 2002 for the remaining two years of Abbott's original term.
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  • 1997
    Age 35
    He opposed the then incumbent Deborah Hankinson, who had been appointed to the body in 1997 by then-Governor George W. Bush.
    More Details Hide Details In the Republican primary, Smith lost to Hankinson by a tally of 59.41 percent to 40.58 percent of the vote.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1986
    Age 24
    He graduated with honors in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details After graduation, Smith worked as a bill analyst for the Texas Senate and as a staff attorney, first for the Office of the Texas Secretary of State and then for the Texas Legislative Council. He spent three years at the legislative council and worked on redistricting issues and judicial selection. There he met his wife, the former Susan Hunter, who was also on the legal staff. “My judicial philosophy probably comes as much from working at the legislature as from anything.... I developed a real appreciation for what goes into making public policy. The legislature is the policy-making branch. Courts should defer to the legislature, unless there's a clear constitutional reason" otherwise, said Smith. While he was on the Supreme Court, Smith authored sixteen published opinions, including the court's landmark decision in Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services v. Mega Child Care. His work was lauded by current Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1961
    Born
    Born on October 26, 1961.
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