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Truman Ernest Roberts (1917-1993)

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, 1971-1982

Truman Ernest Roberts was born August 26, 1917, in Crawford, Texas. He enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army in 1940, and served for six years throughout the Second World War. By the time of his discharge in 1946, he had risen to the rank of captain. He was married in 1947. Following the war, Roberts attended Baylor University School of Law, graduating in 1949.

After completing his law degree, Roberts served as Hamilton County attorney from 1950 to 1956. From 1957 to 1961, he served as district attorney for the district comprising Hamilton, Bosque, Comanche, and Coryell counties. He served as presiding judge of the Fifty-second State Judicial District Court from 1961 to 1970.

Roberts was elected to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 1970 and was reelected in 1976, serving a total of twelve years on the court before retiring in 1982. He served on various Texas State Bar committees, on the executive committee of the Governor's Criminal Justice Council, and on the Texas Senate Advisory Committee on Youth Affairs. He was named outstanding lawyer by his alma mater in 1973.

Roberts died March 17, 1993, in Hamilton, Texas. He was buried in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin next to his wife of forty-five years, who had preceded him in death by several weeks.


Truman Roberts, Texas State Cemetery (accessed January 9, 2007).