FY 2000-Present Summaries of Private Sanctions

Private Admonition of a Municipal Court Judge (02/28/03)

02/28/2003
 
 

The judge lent the prestige of his judicial office to advance his own private interest by sending a letter to two assistant district attorneys urging the imprisonment of a particular criminal defen...

Private Order of Additional Education of a Justice of the Peace (02/14/03)

02/14/2003
 
 

The judge improperly exercised his contempt authority by failing to serve the alleged contemnors with proper legal process, and by failing to provide them with full and unambiguous notification of ...

Private Warning and Order of Additional Education of a Justice of the Peace (10/29/02)

10/29/2002
 
 

In adjudicating a truancy matter, the judge improperly applied certain provisions of both the Texas Education Code and the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, while failing to comply with other appli...

Private Warning and Order of Additional Education of a District Court Judge (10/11/02)

10/11/2002
 
 

The judge wrote a letter on official court stationery to the superintendent and board members of the Corpus Christi Independent School District, in which he criticized them for taking a certain act...

Private Admonition of a Justice of the Peace (07/12/02)

07/12/2002
 
 

The judge, in an attempt to help a family with whom she was acquainted, became involved in a pending criminal case involving one of the family members. The judge discussed the merits of the case w...

Private Admonition of a Municipal Court Judge (06/25/02)

06/25/2002
 
 

The judge found a courtroom spectator in direct contempt for the unauthorized practice of law, and ordered him to spend 72 hours in jail and pay a fine of $100. Instead of holding a hearing to det...

Private Order of Additional Education of a Justice of the Peace (06/21/02)

06/21/2002
 
 

The judge, while interviewing prospective jurors, exhibited a lack of patience, dignity and respect toward one of the prospective jurors when she ordered the bailiff to forcibly remove the prospect...

Private Order of Additional Education of a Justice of the Peace (06/21/02)

06/21/2002
 
 

As a result of the judge’s off-the-bench conduct in connection with his consumption of alcoholic beverages and his inability to remain sober for any extended length of time, and following the judge...