The suit wasn’t heard by a jury but by Judge Hart. Under Travis County rules, when a lawsuit is declared to be “complex,” both sides can agree to request a particular judge to hear it.
The TRMPAC lawyers asked the plaintiffs if they would agree to Hart, and they did. They knew him to be conservative, but smart and above politics.
He did not add, “in contrast to most stupid Republicans,” but it’s implied.
Casey’s usually more careful than that.
Except, of course, when he’s speaking to the Harris County Democratic Party and lets fellow travelers know what he really thinks.
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