Van Zandt News (Wills Point, Tex.), Vol. 3, No. 35, Ed. 1 Sunday, February 3, 1985 Page: 2 of 30
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Tommy Wallace, the Van Zandt County District Attorney, displays
the certificate he received recently after being certified as a criminal
law specialist. (Photo by Kerry Yancey)
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Wallace gets certificate
CANTON- Van Zandt County
District Attorney Tommy Wallace
has become the second attorney to
be certified by the Texas Board of
Legal Specialization as a criminal
Former DA Richard Davis, now
the 294th Judicial District Judge,
was the first attorney in the county's
history to be certified as a specialist.
Less than 3 percent of the attorneys
in the state are certified as specialists
in any area.
Wallace was presented his cer-
tificate by the TBLS in an Austin
ceremony January 26. Witnesses at
the ceremony included members of
the Texas Court of Criminal Ap-
peals. the highest criminal court in
the state, as well as members of the
Texas Supreme Court, the highest
civil law court in the state.
To apply for eventual certifica-
tion as a specialist in any particular
area, an attorney must have been
practicing at least five years in that
particular area, and at least 25 per-
cent of his total practice must be
related to that particular area.
Wallace, like Davis, specialized in
The attorney must take at least 40
class hours of continuing legal
education courses each of those five
years in order to be able to take the
specialist examination. (In addition,
to keep the certification in force.
Wallace mux continue hia educa-
tion course* each year.)
Once those requirements have
been met, the attorney must subr tit
the names of all the cases that he (or
she) has tried, along with the type of
offense involved, whether the trials
were before a jury or a judge, and
references from at least five judges
that he has tried cases before.
The TBLS mee*t to screen all the
applications, and they determine if
the attorney has presented evidence
of sufficient experience to justify
allowing him to take the certifies
The exam is six hours long, given
in two three hour segments. In
criminal law, it covers about 25 dif-
ferent areas of both Texas and
federal criminal law. The exam is
given one time a year: Wallace took
it October 4, 1984.
After the exam is graded, the
board reviews each passing test and
determines whether or not the appli-
cant has displayed enough
knowledge to justify a specialization
certificate. Then, they award the
Approximately 70 other attorneys
took the exam with Wallace, but he
said Monday that he did not know
how many of the others passed or
VAN—Sherri Davidson was elec-
ted the Mineola District FFA Sweet-
heart by the voting delegates at the
Mineola District Convention Wed-
nesday. January 23. at the Mineola
Sherri represented the Van FFA
Chapter, competing against 22
other Chapter Sweethearts at this
Sherri is the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Terry Davidson of Van. She
has been an FFA member in the Van
Chapter for three years and the Van
Chapter Sweetheart for two.
Sherri is very active in Vocational
Agriculture participating on the
Farm Radio Team two years, ser-
ving as a Chapter Sweetheart and
Chapter Reporter, and raising
broilers for competition in the Van
Zandt County Fair.
In addition, Sherri helped to raise
money by "Bowling For Breath" to
iieip kids witn cystic fibrosis
Sherri is also in competition at the
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Miss TEEN Pageant. Sherri regu-
larly works with the local nursing
homes and is presently helping the
March of Dimes to raise money to
fight birth defects.
An outstanding student at Van'
High School, Sherri is presently a
cheerleader and works diligently for
the betterment of her school, com
munity and society.
Sheri i will travel to Mt. Pleasant
to represent the Van FFA in the
Area VI FFA Sweetheart Contest.
Following the area competition will
be the State FFA Sweetheart Contest
held in Houston July 9 12.
The Van FFA Chapter Conduct
ing Team received its plaque and
honors for winning the district
leadeiship contest along with first
place in farm skills and greenhand
Scott Ashworth placed third in ex
temperaneous public sneaking
Seventy eight people from Van at
tended the district convention.
Bond reduction denied
CANTON The 294th Judicial
District Court held a hearing Mon
day for Mary Lee Craft of Wills
Point and found that there was pro
bable ^ause to hold the defendant
for a grand jury hearing.
Judge Richard Davis also denied a
reduction of the S100.000 bond for
Mrs. Craft, who is charged with
criminal solicitation to commit
In other cases to come before the
court, James Scott Ashworth, of-
fense criminal mischief, entered a
plea of guilty and was placed on two
years unadjudicated probation and
ordered to pay court costs plus
restitution and a fine.
Arthur David Moore, criminal
trespass, also entered a plea of guilty
and was placed on six months unad
judicated probation and ordered to
pay court costs plus a fine.
l.ee Edward Moulder, burglary of
a vehicle, entered a plea of guilty
and was placed on two years unad-
judicated probation and ordered to
pay court costs plus restitution and a
An application for a writ of
habeas corpus was filed in the case
of Thomas Jerald Brown, pursuant
to a conviction in January, 1979.
Judge Davis was the district attorney
who prosecuted the case. Brown was
sentenced to a term of life in the
Texas Department of Corrections
after a plea of not guilty of the of-
fense of incest.
Administrative Judge John Ovard
of Dallas denied the writ after hear
ing argument of counsel The defen
dant gave notice of appeal in open
In an adoption matter, the
parent child relationship was
ordered terminated and adoption
was approved after evidence being
presented was found to be in the best
interest of the child. Visitation
orders were scheduled by the court.
Ten divoices were granted after
testimony and the court approved
property settlements, child support
and child visitation. Two name
changes were granted.
An adoption of a minor was ap
proved by the court after evidence
was presented and two respondents
were found in contempt of court for
failing to pay child support
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KNOW YOUR BIBLE
TNI KEYNOTES OF THE SCRIPTURES-PHIUmANS
The keynote of Philippians is gain. It might be called the disciple's
balance-sheet. Paul puts on one side ail that was gain to him, and
which he counted loss for Christ. Then he puts on the other side oil
that he has won by suffering and surrender, and finds that he is in-
finitely richer. “But what things were gam to me, those I counted
loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but lots for the
excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I
have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung,
that I may win Christ," 3:7-8 Again he says, “For me to live is
Christ and to die is gain," 1:21, and “Rejoice in the lord always:
and again I say, Rejoice," 4:4 Philippians is also sometimes called
Paul's love letter, for he has no complaint or correction for the
church, but pours out his love to them. Some twenty times in this
short epistle Paul uses the words, "joy," "rejoice," "peace," and
"content." The cross of suffering is forgotten in the crown which
was promised and which was anticipated even in earthly ex-
periences. Paul surrendered everything he cherished in the flesh
that he might have the gain which is found in faithful service to
God through Jesus Christ He promises that "the peace of God,
which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds
through Christ Jesus," 4 7 He encouroges us to keep our heorts
and minds pure and to think on things of purity and edification.
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things
are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are
pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good
report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on
these things," 4:8
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