The Campaign For DA

6.03.2017

Judge Fostel Has Died



Horrible and very sad news.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

He was a good man and an honorable judge. It's a great loss.

Paul Belew said...

I owe most of my love for the law because of Judge Fostel. When I began to practice here he taught me patient (took a long time for that lol) and when to pick my battles. He taught me to treat everyone with fairness and respect. He and Cathy both consoled me when I lost my parents. He drank a mean cup of coffee in the morning and the last moment I will ever have of him will be him laughing at a stupid joke I made at the bench Thursday...God speed sir! God speed...

Anonymous said...

He cut me a solid break in a lawsuit where I was clearly outgunned by a rich North Dallas Jackass and his Jackass lawyer. It was laughable and transparent when the plaintiff's lawyer showed up in boots and a cowboy hat, looking like a Coke a Cola Cowboy. I ended up prevailing.

GABALA

Anonymous said...

He will be missed. Prayers for the family!

Anonymous said...

The best story he ever told on himself was early in his career he showed up on a courtroom in a suit w/o tie. The judge took him to task for not being properly attired, so Fostel found a paper napkin and fashioned it into some sort of tie and proceeded with his business before the court. His intellect and insight will be missed.

Anonymous said...

One of the best men I have ever known. He was fair, honest, and full of integrity. He will be greatly missed. I could not put in words how much I though of him as a judge and as a person.

Anonymous said...

While I did not know him personally, I have several friends who did. I have also been in his court with the dreaded jury summons. He was always respectful of all who entered his court. For that, I was appreciative. Thank you, Sir. You will be missed. Prayers to his family- both close and extended.

Anonymous said...

An excellent judge and lawyer no doubt, but as a person there are few that equal Judge Fostel. A person of character and integrity, a mentor to young lawyers, a man who loved his family, a man of confidence... You will be missed my friend.

Anonymous said...

When Judge Fostel graduated from law school and moved to Decatur, I was a junior in high school. He taught my Sunday school class(!) and most of the guys in my class looked up to him (and Stephen Wren) as role models. We really didn't have too many young, hip professionals in Decatur at the time. He even gave me some advice about a little "incident" in Tarrant County to get me off the hook....I appeared in his court several times on business matters over the years and he was always kind and respectful and I felt we had a connection from forty years ago. I was saving some of this for a thank you letter when he announced his retirement. You will be missed.

Sam Brows said...

Great Judge. Very sharp as a lawyer too.
As others have noted, he will be missed.
next District Judge of the 271st will have some big boots to fill.

Anonymous said...

When John arrived in Decatur to go to work for W.B., Paul was working for the law firm in the real estate department. John was arriving that afternoon on a Greyhound bus, and Paul & our son, Shane, went to the bus station and picked him up. Our friendship began then.
He was color-blind and his clothes were tagged with numbers, so he could wear anything with a #1 together, #2s together, etc. The problem came when they went to the laundry. He couldn't re-tag them. He had a master list that described items, but "blue-striped tie" meant nothing to him. Several times, I was asked to take the master list and re-tag his clothes, so he would match in court.
John was a good friend...the kind you picked up with when you saw him, no matter how long between visits. He will be sorely missed.
Mary Howard

Anonymous said...

He was the judge in my daughters adoption proceeding. We have a picture of him with her in his lap. I snapped the pic as he was commenting how nice it was to participate in something so positive for all parties involved.
He looked joyous.