Friday, October 08, 2010

Keller appeal of "warning" due today

Something to watch for: Today (Friday Oct. 8) is when the three-judge panel in Judge Sharon Keller's disciplinary proceedings with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct are scheduled to issue their ruling on her motion to dismiss the case. See earlier Grits coverage of the hearing and filings in the case with the SCJC.

UPDATE: The ruling has been delayed and will supposedly be out next week.


Anonymous said...

Austin A S

Court throws out Keller charges
By Chuck Lindell | Monday, October 11, 2010, 05:00 PM

A special court of review has thrown out the public rebuke given to Presiding Judge Sharon Keller, who had been admonished for closing the Court of Criminal Appeals to an after-hours appeal from an inmate facing imminent execution.

The three-judge court said the State Commission on Judicial Conduct exceeded its authority in issuing the rebuke, which was not allowed by the Texas Constitution or state law.

The court also threw out Keller’s charges and ruled that the commission could not refile charges, which had accused Keller of violating her duty as a judge.

The ruling delivered shortly before 5 p.m.

According to Chip Babcock, Keller’s lawyer, the commission cannot appeal the ruling.

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness this witch hunt has finally come to an end. Maybe this episode will convince the TDS to abandon brinksmanship.