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"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with
what is right in America"
-Bill Clinton
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you were going to die tomorrow."
-Benjamin Franklin
"Do not judge according to
appearance, but judge with
righteous judgment." John 7:24
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JUDGE MARIA T. JACKSON RECENTLY NAMED “BEST CRIMINAL
COURT JUDGE OF 2011”
BY THE HOUSTON PRESS

HOUSTON, TX. - DECEMBER 5, 2011
JUDGE MARIA JACKSON, PRESIDING JUDGE OF THE 339TH
STATE DISTRICT COURT, COMMUNITY LEADER, NATIVE TEXAN
AND DEMOCRAT WAS RECENTLY NAMED AS “BEST CRIMINAL
COURT JUDGE OF 2011” BY THE HOUSTON PRESS MAGAZINE


This recognition is particularly noteworthy because Jackson is the first
African American in Harris County to be acknowledged as “Best Criminal
Court Judge”. Elected to this position in 2008 replacing a
respected Republican incumbent, emerging from municipal courts and
having never served as a Harris County prosecutor, the Houston Press
noted, “She had three strikes against her” and “most pundits thought she’d
be way over her head,” well they were wrong and she has simply and
effectively “gone about the business of dispensing justice.”
Jackson states, “I am honored and humbled to be recognized by the distinguished attorneys that appear and
practice in my court. Every day I strive to make a positive and impactful difference while properly employing the
rule of law. I am so appreciative of this recognition.”

Not only revered by those who practice in her court, colleagues, elected officials and residents of Houston she
was noticed for her diligent service in the City of Houston’s Municipal Courts. Judge Jackson received numerous
accolades from citizens which led to her being the first judge to garner recognition in the Mayor’s Spotlight for
the City of Houston’s newspapers. “Dispensing justice in an impartial and accurate way is a weighty
responsibility,” said Mayor Bill White. “Judge Jackson’s determination to see every case to a fair conclusion
while adding humanity and compassion is invaluable to Houston’s citizens. I hope all our employees will try to
offer the same level of service.” An added honor to note, Jackson was chosen as one of twenty-four judges
from across the country by the partnership between the United States Secret Service, Department of Homeland
Security, the Alabama District Attorney’s Association and the National Judicial College to represent Texas and
attend the National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI).
  “One thing is clear to me: We, as human beings, must be
willing to accept people who are different from ourselves.”
-Barbara Jordon