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Charles Franklin ("Chuck") Campbell (1944-2018)

Judge, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, 1983-1994

Charles Franklin "Chuck" Campbell was born April 29, 1944, in Florida. He earned a B.A. in political science from The University of Texas at Arlington in 1966; a J.D. from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1969; and an LL.M. in the judicial process from the University of Virginia in 1990. He married and became the father of two sons and one daughter.

Campbell was admitted to the bar in 1969. He was an assistant district attorney for Harris County from 1969 to 1972. He was elected county attorney of Hill County in 1972, and served until 1976. He was then elected district attorney of Hill County, and served from 1977 to 1979; he also practiced civil law privately during this time. He served as an assistant attorney general, chief of the prosecutor's assistance division, from 1979 to 1982.

Charles Campbell was elected to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 1982, took office in 1983, and was reelected in 1988. He served until 1994 and authored more than 750 opinions while on the bench.

Following his tenure on the court, Campbell continues to serve as a visiting appellate and district court judge, hearing both civil and criminal cases as assigned in Texas courts. He has been an adjunct professor at Texas State University, St. Edwards University, and as a continuing legal education lecturer throughout the state. He has written numerous scholarly articles in the area of criminal law. Charles F. "Chuck" Campbell died on February 7, 2018 at the age of 73.


3 Texas Legal Directory (Los Angeles: Legal Directories Pub. Co., 1986).

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, 56 Texas Bar Journal 814 (September 1993).