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the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct.]

Private Reprimand of a Former Justice of the Peace.

(08/15/14).

The judge failed to follow the law and failed to accord a defendant his right to be heard when she en-

tered a default judgment in a criminal case due to the defendant’s failure to appear for trial. [Violation

of Canons 2A and 3B(8) of the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct.]

Private Admonition and Order of Ad-

ditional Education of a Former Municipal Court Judge

. (08/15/14).

The judge failed to maintain patience, courtesy and dignity toward a defendant when she raised her

voice and argued with the defendant, attempted to extract admissions of guilt from the defendant, and

made demeaning comments to the defendant during the magistration process. [Violation of Canons

2A, 3B(2) and 3B(4) of the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct.]

Private Admonition and Order of Additional

Education of a Former Municipal Court Judge

. (08/15/14).

The judge failed to follow the law and demonstrated a lack of professional competence in the law when

he (1) denied a litigant’s motion to dismiss the defendant’s appeal after the defendant failed to timely

correct the deficient appeal bond from the justice court which deprived the judge of jurisdiction; (2)

ordered the litigant to immediately comply with the judge’s order, under threat of arrest, even though

no written judgment had been entered in the case; (3) failed to timely respond to the litigant’s request

to set a supersedeas bond in the case; (4) failed to timely issue a written judgment from which the

litigant could appeal; and (5) set an excessive supersedeas bond based on factors that were not au-

thorized and/or allowable under the law. In addition, the county attorney, who was related to the judge,

provided the judge with legal advice and assistance in the civil case while simultaneously handling the

prosecution of a criminal case pending before the judge involving the same litigants and dispute. The

relationship between the judge and prosecutor and their interactions in the civil and criminal cases

created an appearance – if not the reality – that the prosecutor and judge discussed facts or otherwise

shared information pertaining to the proceedings and conveyed the impression the prosecutor was in

a special position to influence the judge. [Violation of Canons 2A, 2B, and 3B(2) of the Texas Code of

Judicial Conduct.]

Private Warning of a County Judge.

(08/26/14).

The judge failed to comply with the law and failed to maintain professional competence in the law when

he failed to timely forward a recusal motion to the Presiding Judge of the Administrative Judicial Region

and delayed entry of the order of recusal in a case involving a former law partner/material witness

until a petition for writ of mandamus had been filed against the judge to compel him to comply with

Rule 18a of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure. [Violation of Canons 2A and 3B(2) of the Texas Code of

Judicial Conduct and Article V, section 1-a(6)A of the Texas Constitution.]

Private Warning and Order of

Additional Education of a District Court Judge

. (08/27/14).

Suspensions

None since the date of the last publication.

Resignations

None since the date of the last publication.