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When Terry McEachern goes to court after Jan. 1, he´ll be gazing up from the defense table instead of the prosecution table he´s occupied for nearly 20 years as district attorney for Hale and Swisher counties.
After losing his bid for re-election in November, the 54-year-old career prosecutor and former college football player has been setting up shop in the Skaggs Building, where he´ll focus on family, personal injury and criminal law.
“The juries I´ve worked with have been absolutely fantastic and I´m looking forward to seeing jurors again - this time from the defense side of things,” said McEachern, who grew up on a Swisher County farm and who has garnered a 90 percent conviction rate as prosecutor - three points over the state average.
Among the things he´s “proud of” during his 19-year tenure as DA, McEachern cited:
•Establishment of the SANE program for sexual assault victims.
•Setting up the second accident reconstruction program in the state, which led to a stiff sentence for a drunk driver in a multi-fatality accident near 24th and Joliet several years ago.
•Serving as a board member for the Texas DA & County Attorney Association.
•Receiving the Department of Public Safety´s Director´s Award in 1995 - the highest civilian honor accorded by the DPS.
•And establishment of the first victim´s assistance program in Hale County.
“But what´s given me the most satisfaction,” he said, “has been seeing some of the people who worked for me rise to positions of higher authority.”