Private Warning of a County Judge (06/08/05).


The judge wrote a letter on behalf of a local political party, identifying himself as the County Judge, and criticized an incumbent candidate for public office. By singling out and targeting this particular candidate for criticism, the judge implicitly urged voters to support the candidate's opponent. Although the judge performed judicial functions, the Commission determined that he was not acting in an administrative capacity as Chief Executive Officer of the County when he sent the letter. [Violation of Canons 2B, 5(2), and 6B(1) of the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct. Private Warning of a County Judge (06/08/05).