(By Andrew MacKie-Mason)
Mark Bennett, a criminal defense attorney and law blogger in Texas, is running for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals as a libertarian.
I've had sharp disagreements with Bennett's views over the years, and I've occasionally written about those disagreements. But I also think he's the right man for a judgeship. He has the kind of "libertarian" views that are dangerous in the executive or legislative branches ("Less government equals more freedom; I see it as a zero-sum game") but that are almost exactly right for dealing with criminal law.
Bennett also has the philosophical bent that distinguishes great lawyers from great memorizers and performers. And finally, Bennett brings criminal defense experience to a court largely made up of prosecutors in a state that executes far more people than any other each year. It can only be an improvement.