Private Admonition of a County Court at Law Judge (09/22/08).


The judge, without notice to the defendant or his attorney, contacted the defendant’s employer to alert them to the fact that criminal charges were pending against the defendant. [Violation of Can...

Private Warning of a Justice of the Peace (09/22/08).


A judge allowed his name and judicial title to be used to solicit funds on behalf of a scholarship program. [Violation of Canons 2B and 4C(2) of the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct.] Private Warni...

Private Order of Additional Education of a Justice of the Peace (09/22/08).


The judge failed to provide a citizen reasonable access to inquest records as required by law. [Violation of Canons 2A and 3B(2) of the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct.] Private Order of Additiona...

Honorable Hector De Pena, Jr.

 Associate Municipal Judge, Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas
 CJC No. 08-0073-MU

Private Admonition of a Probate Judge (08/29/08).


In one case, the judge permitted a litigant’s attorney to engage in improper ex parte communications with the court and court staff and, in a separate case, failed to comply with the law when he gr...

Private Warning of a County Court at Law Judge (08/15/08).


The judge failed to comply with well-established procedures requiring full disclosure of a relationship that might warrant his recusal, which effectively prevented the litigants from making an info...

Private Warning of a District Judge (08/05/08).


The judge erroneously applied federal law, instead of state law, when he failed to immediately order a defendant convicted of murder be taken into custody following sentencing. [Violation of Canons...

Private Warning of a Former Justice of the Peace (08/05/08).


The judge failed to accept a litigant’s small claims filings, failed to investigate and resolve concerns as to potential procedural defects regarding the litigant’s claims, and failed to communicat...