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Eight years on Texas' highest criminal court turned Elsa Alcala into a death penalty skeptic. How will the court change without her?

Judge Elsa Alcala ended her tenure critical of the death penalty and often pleading for policy changes from the state Legislature.

Judge Elsa Alcala at the swearing-in ceremony for incoming Judge Michelle Slaughter at the state Capitol on Jan. 11, 2019.
Judge Elsa Alcala in the lobby of the 919 Congress after visiting the Texas Tribune offices. Jan. 10, 2019.
Judge Michelle Slaughter at her inaguration ceremony at the state capitol. Jan. 11, 2019.

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