Since 2000, the number of cases accepted by the CCA for discretionary review - i.e., the cases they choose to review as opposed to those they're required to hear by law - declined by 27% overall. Here are the raw stats from the Office of Court Administration (xls file):
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
By contrast, total court filings increased (pdf) over the same period, with increased criminal court filings leading the way. Bottom line: Not only does the CCA need better judges who are more willing to buck against the iron-fisted direction of Presiding Judge Sharon Keller, it just needs judges willing to work harder and hear more cases as overall caseloads grow.
A 27% reduction in discretionary reviews amounts to a lot of folks and a lot of issues denied appellate review - does anybody really think the number of judicial errors declined by that much over the last few years? I sure don't. I can't say for sure what is the cause of the decline in discretionary reviews at the CCA, but it needs to be reversed.