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Carl E. F. Dally (b. 1924)

Judge, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, 1978-1983

Carl E. F. Dally was born January 22, 1924, in Denver, Colorado. He attended Colorado A&M, Michigan State University, and the University of Denver, where he earned his bachelor's degree. He completed his J.D. at the University of Denver in 1949.

Dally is a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945, and returned to military service as a captain in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1953. He was married in 1952, and was admitted to the Texas bar in 1954.

In Texas, Dally served as assistant district attorney of Harris County from 1960 until 1966, when he became a partner in the Houston law firm of Briscoe, Dally & Shaffer. He also lectured in criminal law at the South Texas College of Law.

In 1971 Dally was appointed a commissioner of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. When Texas voters approved a constitutional amendment in 1977 to increase the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals from five to nine judges, Dally was one of two commissioners of the court who automatically became judges. He served on the court from 1978 until 1983. Like many retired judges of the court of appeals, Dally continued to hear cases as assigned to other appeals courts following his service. He resides in Austin.


Carl E. F. Dally, Texas State Cemetery (accessed February 28, 2007).

Four New Judges on Appeals Court, Texas Bar Journal 131, February 1978.