Bring Texas Judge’s Shooter to Justice

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Target: Police Chief of Austin, Texas Art Acevedo

Goal: Identify the suspect that shot Texas Judge Julie Kocurek outside of her home and charge them for their crimes.

Judge Julie Kocurek was outside of her home around 10:15 at night in Tarrytown, Texas when she was shot and critically wounded by an unknown suspect. While her injuries were serious, she will thankfully be able to recover to full health according to police. She is currently in stable condition at the nearby University Medical Center-Brackenridge. Police have little evidence to track down the shooter, nor are they aware whether the judge was targeted or was just shot incidentally.

Kocurek has been the presiding judge of the 390th district court for over sixteen years and has worked on several high profile cases involving high political figures such as Governor Rick Perry and House Majority Leader Tom Delay. She is also active in the community as a local co-chair for the National Campaign to Stop Violence, as well as a past board member of the Mother’s Milk Bank in Austin. This sudden act of violence is incredibly tragic, and Kocurek and her family deserve justice for the pain they’ve endured. Ensure that the Austin Police Department do everything in their power to identify the suspect and charge them to the furthest extent of the law.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Police Chief Art Acevedo,

A devastating tragedy occurred recently when the 390th district presiding court judge Julie Kocurek was shot and critically injured outside of her home in the middle of the night. Fortunately she is currently in stable condition at the University Medical Center-Brackenridge, and authorities say she will be able to fully recover. However, the shooter was never identified, apprehended, and the crime was never ruled as either targeted or incidental.

Because of the high profile cases that Kocurek has taken part of in her past sixteen years of service, it is possible that the shooter had personal intent behind the crime. This would not be the first time that a prosecuting judge has been attacked. District Judge Richard Daron was shot and killed in 1988 in his home by a man upset by the dismissal of the shooter’s daughter’s sexual discrimination lawsuit, and Appeals Court Judge Robert Vance died the next year from a mail bomb. Ensure that this suspect is identified and brought to justice in order for Kocurek and her family to find peace, as well as the rest of the community.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Chris Potter

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