FY 2000-Present Summaries of Private Sanctions

Private Warning and Order of Additional Education of a Justice of the Peace (07/21/08).

07/21/2008
 
 

The judge issued an arrest warrant for an individual based on information provided to her by a private citizen rather than by law enforcement. The judge then magistrated the individual the day aft...

Private Warning of a Justice of the Peace (05/29/08).

05/29/2008
 
 

After her vehicle was repossessed, a neighbor asked the judge to become personally involved in her dispute with the seller. On the neighbor’s behalf, the judge wrote a letter, on judicial letterhea...

Private Admonition of a County Probate Court Judge. (05/05/08)

05/05/2008
 
 

The judge favored his court investigator and his personal accountant with court appointments to a guardianship matter pending in his court. The judge continued to preside over the probate matter du...

Private Warning and Order of Additional Education of a Justice of the Peace. (05/05/08)

05/05/2008
 
 

After learning that his nephew had been arrested, the judge went to the jail, rescinded the bond set by the magistrate, and ordered the release of his nephew from jail on a personal recognizance bo...

Agreed Private Reprimand of a Former County Court at Law Judge. (05/03/08)

05/03/2008
 
 

As a result of a personal relationship with an attorney involved in a case pending before his court, the judge used his position to advance the attorney’s private interests, allowed the attorney to...

Private Order of Additional Education of a Justice of the Peace. (04/07/08)

04/07/2008
 
 

After the defendant failed to answer a small claims action filed against him, the plaintiff requested a default judgment and asked for a hearing to determine his claim for unliquidated damages. Pr...

Private Warning and Order of Additional Education of a County Judge. (04/07/08)

04/07/2008
 
 

The judge abdicated official judicial duties by relinquishing control of the court’s criminal docket to the county attorney, whose office was unable to handle the volume of work due to staff shorta...

Private Order of Additional Education of a Justice of the Peace. (04/07/08)

04/07/2008
 
 

The judge failed to conduct a hearing before issuing peace bonds, as required by Art. 7.01, et seq., of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. [Violation of Canons 2A, 3B(2) and 3B(8) of the Texas ...