Meanwhile, perhaps in reaction to Keller's predicament or, more likely, in reaction to Democratic judicial victories in Houston, Robison reports that "Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, has filed a bill to ban straight ticket voting only in judicial races."
I doubt that many people will shed tears, but Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge Sharon Keller may have to pay her own legal expenses to defend herself against charges she improperly shut the door on a condemned inmate's last-gasp appeal.
The judicial misconduct charges brought against Keller last week by the Commission on Judicial Conduct could result in her removal from office and, if she fights them, many thousands of dollars in legal bills.
Officeholders often can use political funds to pay lawyers. But Keller, according to a filing last month with the Texas Ethics Commission, has no money in her political account. State law also prohibits Keller, who won't be up for reelection until 2012, from raising any political money before June 2011. And any donation of legal services could be construed as an illegal political contribution.
The judge's attorney, Chip Babcock, has asked the judicial conduct commission to pay her legal expenses.
If the answer is no, will Keller fight, or resign?
In a Grits for Breakfast reader poll last week, among 368 respondents, 50% said Judge Keller should be impeached by the Legislature and removed from office. Another 23% believed she should be disbarred, while 9% thought a public reprimand was punishment enough.