Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune http://tpr.org en In Judicial Picks, Perry Reaches Past Executive Branch http://tpr.org/post/judicial-picks-perry-reaches-past-executive-branch Jeffrey Boyd will become the newest Texas Supreme Court justice, an appointment that scrunches the foreheads of&#160;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry/">Rick Perry</a>&#160;critics who think it odd that the governor would name his chief of staff to the state’s highest civil court.<p>It’s the latest brick in a wall Perry has been building for a dozen years — a period that has seen him appoint 224 Texans to state district and appeals court judgeships.<p>His hold on the executive branch is well documented and regularly noted; Perry has been in office long enough to twice go through the entire cycle of six-year executive appointments.<p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 14:24:34 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 2750 at http://tpr.org In Judicial Picks, Perry Reaches Past Executive Branch