Private Warning and Order of Additional Education of a Justice of the Peace (01/25/00)

01/25/2000
 
 

After the judge’s court had lost jurisdiction over the civil case, the judge assisted the plaintiff in collecting on the judgment. Without holding a hearing, the judge held the defendant in contemp...

Private Reprimand and Order of Additional Education of a Justice of the Peace (01/25/00)

01/25/2000
 
 

The judge attempted to mediate a private dispute, even though no case was pending in the judge’s court. Additionally, the judge engaged in ex parte communications with a law enforcement officer abo...

Private Reprimand of a County Judge (01/25/00)

01/25/2000
 
 

The judge, whose court has jurisdiction over alcohol-related offenses, pled guilty to the charge of driving while intoxicated. [Violation of Canons 2A and 4A(1) of the Texas Code of Judicial Conduc...

Private Order of Additional Education of Justice of the Peace (12/27/99)

12/27/1999
 
 

The judge failed to accept take-home video driving safety instruction as a valid prerequisite for dismissing traffic citations. The judge required qualified traffic defendants to complete defensive...

Private Order of Additional Education of Justice of the Peace (12/27/99)

12/27/1999
 
 

The judge improperly ordered a young man to remove his earring or leave the premises of the courthouse. [Violation of Canon 2A of the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct.] Private Order of Additional E...

Private Order of Additional Education of Justice of the Peace (12/27/99)

12/27/1999
 
 

The judge permitted the court staff to telephone a traffic defendant to attempt to persuade the defendant to waive the right to a trial. In a separate case, the judge negotiated a plea bargain agre...

Private Order of Additional Education of a Municipal Court Judge (12/17/99)

12/17/1999
 
 

The judge erroneously assessed fines in water district ordinance cases and wrongly held hearings on an “instanter” basis. [Violation of Canon 2A of the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct and Article V...

Private Reprimand of a County Court at Law Judge (12/17/99)

12/17/1999
 
 

The judge consumed an excessive amount of alcohol while attending a social gathering of a local bar association and, during that gathering, urinated into a garbage receptacle located in an open are...