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The Commission also reviewed documentation demonstrating that CCL Judge

engaged in a pattern of discovery abuse and filed frivolous motions in an ef-

fort to delay two malpractices cases against him, eventually being sanctioned

$7,500 in one of the cases.

Moreover, the Commission found that CCL Judge committed criminal acts by

testifying falsely under oath on numerous issues, including his denial that he

bought a silencer for his gun in furtherance of a plot to kill his ex-wife, and his

statements that the Commission had dismissed all pending complaints against

him when in fact the Commission had notified him and his attorneys of pend-

ing complaints. For these reasons, the Commission held that CCL Judge failed

to comply with the law and engaged in willful and persistent conduct that was

clearly inconsistent with the proper performance of his duties. Furthermore,

his conduct of lying under oath undermined public confidence in the judiciary,

and “it is unlikely that anything could be more prejudicial to the administration

of justice than testifying falsely under oath.”

CCL Judge exhibited bad faith in many of his rulings, while willfully and persis-

tently violating the law. For the reasons stated above, and many more listed in the

Commission’s public reprimand, CCL Judge violated Canons 2A, 2B, 3B(1), 3B(4),

3B(5), 3B(8), and 4G, as well as Article V, §1-a(6)A of the Texas Constitution.

Public Reprimand and Order of Additional Education: The Commission found

that Justice of the Peace lent the prestige of his office to further private inter-

ests by using his name and judicial title in a flyer promoting his church’s toy

drive, using the courthouse to collect toys on behalf of the church, and using

the court’s phone number as the contact number for the toy drive. Further-

more, the Commission found that Justice of the Peace routinely dismissed traf-

fic tickets in exchange for a $20.00 fee, without a motion from the State, which

is unauthorized by Texas law. Justice of the Peace violated Canon 2A, 2B, and

3B(2).

Public Reprimand and Order of Additional Education: Justice of the Peace dem-

onstrated a lack of professional competence in the law by intervening in a

private dispute between a contractor and electrician. Justice of the Peace held

private conversations with an electrician who alleged that a contractor had not

paid him for work. The Justice of the Peace then met with the building inspec-

tor, before finally calling the contractor and advising him to pay the electrician

to avoid going to court. The Commission found that the Justice of the Peace

had conducted an independent investigation, and lent the prestige of his office

to advance the private interests of the electrician. Justice of the Peace violated

Canons 2A, 2B, and 3B(2).

Private Sanctions

The following summaries have been taken directly from the State Commission

on Judicial Conduct’s website:

http://www.scjc.state.tx.us/pdf/actions/Sum- mariesofPrivateSanctions8-31-14.pdf

The judge failed to comply with the law and failed to maintain professional

competence in the law by failing to attend the required judicial training for new

judges upon assuming the municipal court bench. [Violation of Canons 2A and

3B(2) of the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct.]

Private Order of Additional Educa-

tion of a Municipal Court Judge

. (07/30/14).