Sunday, May 22, 2022

Weir: Jim Johnson running for 431st District Court Judge

Bob Weir and Jim Johnson, photo and video by Netsky Rodriguez

An important part of these candidate interviews is to educate the public regarding the jobs performed by elected officials. The reader might be surprised to know how many people have little idea of what their public officials do in their respective positions. For example, there are several types of judges and each one has a particular function within the justice system. The role of a district court judge is to conduct jury trials in criminal or civil proceedings. In some instances, district court judges can decide cases without a jury, a procedure known as a “bench trial.”

Jim Johnson is one of the candidates running for the Republican Party nomination for Judge of the 431st District Court in Denton County in the March 2020 primary. He sat for an interview to tell our viewers about himself, why he’s running and what type of cases a District Court Judge handles. Mr. Johnson’s website is: The following bio was sent by Mr. Johnson:

“I was born and grew up in Fort Worth in a big family with six children. My dad worked as a butcher for a neighborhood grocery store by day and was a U.S. Postal mail sorter by night. My mom worked washing dishes at our local elementary school. We attended University Baptist Church. I’m an Eagle Scout and worked summers at Sid Richardson Scout Ranch before moving to a better paying job at Brandt Furniture Factory to earn money for college. I graduated valedictorian of Everman High School then went to UT Austin where I finished in the top 1% of my class. It was always my dream to be a jury trial lawyer, and 14 years ago I went to law school at Texas Wesleyan where I also graduated top 1%. Since then, I have run my own general practice law firm. I’ve done jury trials in Denton, Tarrant, Dallas, and even Williamson County. I’ve been admitted to practice one case in Clark County, Nevada, and have done cases in the federal courts of the Texas Northern and Texas Eastern districts. My law practice includes business, family, and criminal law cases. For the past ten years, I have taught one class per semester at Texas A&M University School of Law. I am a Republican Party activist, serving as Vice Chair of the Denton County Republican Party. My wife Pam and I are active members of several local Republican Party clubs, and we have served as Delegates to the Texas Republican Party State Conventions in 2018, 2016, and 2014.”

Bob Weir
Bob Weir is a former NYPD officer, long-time Flower Mound resident and former local newspaper editor.

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