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  1. In Re Bell (1995)

    Judge Betty Brock Bell appeals her public admonition issued by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. Appeal is by trial de novo to a special court of review[1] appointed by the Texas Supreme Court.


    Court: Texas Special Court of Review
  2. In Re Davis (2002)

    In April 2001, the Honorable Richard "Rick" Davis, a new district judge in Brazos County, determined that a female prosecutor in his courtroom, Laura Cass, was attempting to undermine his authority. Just before his election to the bench, Judge Davis served for several months as a criminal defense attorney and had several run-ins with the same young prosecutor who was just out of law school. This history may account for the bizarre series of events that led Judge Davis to publicly humiliate Ms. [...]

    Court: Texas Special Court of Review
  3. In Re Sheppard (1991)

    This is a case involving the disciplinary action taken by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct against respondent, the Honorable George B. Sheppard. At the time of the incident giving rise to the Commission's investigation and public reprimand of respondent, he was a sitting county court-at-law judge in Dallas County. However, when the order issuing the public reprimand was issued by the Commission on January 16, 1991, he was no longer a sitting judge. Thus, respondent raises two issues for [...]

    Court: Texas Special Court of Review Docket: 04-91-00085-CV
  4. In Re Keller (2010)

    This Special Court of Review is assigned to resolve the appeal of the Order of Public Warning issued by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct (the Commission) against respondent, the Honorable Sharon Keller, Presiding Judge of the Court of Criminal Appeals for the State of Texas. See TEX. GOV'T CODE ANN. ยง 33.034(a), (c), (e) (Vernon Supp.2010). Judge Keller has filed a motion to dismiss the charging document, asserting that the sanction issued by the Commission must be vacated as it is [...]

    Court: Texas Special Court of Review Docket: 10-0001
  5. In Re Hecht (2006)

    This case focuses on whether the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct, the judicial "rules of the road," so to speak, prohibit a Texas state judge from speaking out favorably in behalf of a close friend nominated to the United States Supreme Court. This case hinges on the meaning of words in this Code and what words were spoken by the judge. This case involves a composite of two different political systems for the selection of judges. In Texas, we have an elective process, whereas in the federal [...]

    Court: Texas Special Court of Review Docket: A-2006-1

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