To be fair, Burnam's hardly the first to suggest this. And the idea has not been unkindly received: See bloggerly reactions here, here, here, here, here, and here. See also initial MSM coverage of the impeachment articles from Burnam's hometown paper.
I certainly understand Lon's motivation; it was the same impulse that drove me to pen an essay in 2007 titled "Why no one likes Judge Keller and she should quit and go home." I've made my own brief against Keller many times on this blog, calling her poor stewardship of the Court of Criminal Appeals one of the top ten Texas crimnal justice stories of 2007, writing in a year end wrap-up:
Sharon Keller Disgraces Court, StateThis is the first time the Legislature has met since the infamous "We close at 5" incident, but I'm not necessarily on board with impeachment for a number of reasons, though I admire the chutzpah and recognize the symbolic value of the resolution.
While in most states the big death penalty news in 2007 was the de facto moratorium until SCOTUS decides on the constitutionality of lethal injection procedures, in Texas the bigger controversy arose around the de jure decision to execute Michael Richard after SCOTUS issued its decision to review lethal injection in Baze. How many sitting judges can say about 150 attorneys and a thousand other citizens have signed onto complaints against them with the state Commission on Judicial Conduct? Only one that I know of: Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge Sharon Keller. Her decision not to notify her fellow judges of an 11th hour delay in a death penalty appeal - including keeping the jurist responsible for the decision out of the loop - arguably could have ranked at the top of the list except for one reason: Keller and the CCA have so long ago disgraced themselves that the egregious behavior that shocked the rest of the world seems to those of us here in Texas nearly routine.
My personal belief is that the best way to handle such matters is at the ballot box, and those who think Judge Keller or her allies on the court shouldn't be in office should be sure Democrats have strong candidates in place for the 2012 elections when she's next on the ballot.
I'm going to put up a reader poll to take input on this topic, so let me know your opinions there and in the comments and I'll do a followup post next week offering a more reflective view.
MORE: Evan Smith at Texas Monthly is nominating moderators for an Impeach Sharon Keller Facebook page, but a commenter notes that two already exist!