News articles are still appearing about the Court’s opinions from August 31st:

Justice Rose Vela drops out of the race to challenge Thirteenth Court Chief Justice Roy Valdez

The article from the Corpus Christi paper is here: “Justice Rose Vela bows out of race : Incumbent Chief Justice Roy Valdez, a Democrat, will be unopposed in the November election”

It offers this account of the reasons:

Fil Vela, who beat former Solomon P. Ortiz staffer Denise Saenz Blanchard in the Democratic congressional runoff with almost 67 percent of the vote, is in a strong position to take the Rio Grande Valley-centric seat over Republican candidate Jessica Puente Bradshaw.

He said the potential of having a sitting state chief justice and U.S. representative in the same household posed challenges to their time and schedules.

“Logistically, it’d be a nightmare,” he said.

Oral arguments begin this week

The Court will hear its first oral arguments of the term on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. After a late cancellation, there are seven cases scheduled for this September sitting.

The Court publishes a complete list of the upcoming arguments on this page.