District judge plans to retire on June 30

Magre Magre A fter 10-1/2 years on the bench, 20th District Judge Ed Magre has announced he will retire June 30.

Gov. Rick Perry will appoint a successor to serve the final 2- 1/ 2 years of Magre’s term, which expires Dec. 31, 2012.

Only prac t icing attorneys in Milam County may apply to the governor to be considered for the appointment.

Magre cited his desire to retire while still in good health as the main reason for announcing an early retirement.

The judge noted he would be 70 when his current term ends at the end of 2012.

HOT RACES— Magre, a longtime Cameron attorney before ascending to the bench, won one of the hottest judicial races ever in Milam County.

In 2000, he challenged incumbent District Judge Charles Lance in the Democratic Primary.

Magre won in a landslide, 3,106 to 1,702.

He was re- elected in 2004 and 2008 without opposition in either the Democratic Primary or general election.

SHOW TRIAL—While Magre presided over many criminal cases, the “show trial” of his tenure was the May-June, 2010 civil trial, Alcoa vs. Luminant.

Alcoa sued Luminant, claiming the power company’s charges for electricity caused the 2008 shutdown of Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations.

Not only did the jury reject Alcoa’s argument, finding for Luminant, it awarded Luminant $10 million in damages which the power company had not sought.

Magre is a graduate of Baylor University. He began his law practice in 1966.

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