Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Stacey Mathews of Austin as judge of the 277th Judicial District and Rick J. Kennon of Round Rock as judge of the 368th Judicial District for terms to expire at the next general election.
Matthews succeeds former Judge Ken Anderson, who recently resigned facing civil litigation and possible criminal charges stemming from his prosecution of the Michael Morton case in 1987 when he was Williamson County District Attorney. He has been accused of withholding evidence from the defense team. Morton, who was convicted of murdering his wife and served 24 years in prison, was exonerated in 2011 and another man was convicted of the crime, based on DNA evidence.
Mathews is an assistant district attorney for the Williamson County District Attorney’s Office and former Harris County assistant district attorney. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Williamson County Bar Association and Texas District and County Attorneys Association.
She is a past member of the American Bar Association and Houston Young Lawyers Association and Leadership Academy, and a past editor and past executive board member of the Houston Journal of International Law. She serves on the Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center board and is a past president and co-founder of the Houston Association of Counsel for Children.
Mathews received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center, and is board certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Kennon is appointed to succeed former 368th District Judge Burt Carnes, who is retiring Oct. 31. He was appointed to serve until the next general election.
Kennon has been a trial attorney for 29 years and has been in private practice for the past 24 years. He is a former assistant attorney general under Texas Attorney General Jim Mattox and a former prosecutor for the Travis County Attorney’s Office.
He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the State Bar Family Law Section, and the Williamson County Bar Association. He is also a past member of the Austin Bar Association.
Kennon received a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and a law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law.