Last night, the web version of the San Antonio Express-News ran a commentary by Osler McCarthy, the Texas Supreme Court’s Staff Attorney for Public Information, addressing watchdog groups’ recent claims regarding alleged ethics violations and docket backlog.  McCarthy gives another view based primarily on official Court statistics, and he makes some interesting points.  Those following these stories should take into account what he says.

3/28/08 Update:  Sophisitic Miltonian Serbonian Blog and The Supreme Court of Texas Blog  provide further analysis.

3/30/08 Update:  Texas Watch spokesman Alex Winslow responds to McCarthy here.

This debate seems to have hit a dead end.  I’ll follow up again only if there’s something new.