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Ethics Hearing Concludes for TX Judge Sharon Keller

The hearing of Texas Judge Sharon Keller on ethical violations stemming from her refusal to allow the courthouse to remain open to accept a last-minute stay pleading for a death row inmate wrapped up yesterday. The New York Times calls her unfit for the bench and says she should resign:

We believe the death penalty is in all cases wrong. But people who support it should still insist that it be carried out only after a prisoner has been given every reasonable chance to make his case. Judge Keller’s callous indifference in a case where the stakes could not have been higher makes her unfit for office.


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TX Judge On Trial for Refusing to Accept Death Row Inmate's Filing for Stay

The ethics trial of Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Sharon Keller began today in San Antonio. The alleged improprieties stem from her refusal to keep the court open past 5:00 pm so Michael Wayne Richard's lawyers could file their request for a stay of his execution later that night. Richard was executed hours later.

Keller is charged with five counts of judicial misconduct that could end her career. .... A Republican who has served on the court since 1994, Keller is the highest-ranking judge in Texas to be put on trial by the commission.

The last minute filing request by Richards' lawyers was the result of a decision by the Supreme Court that morning to hear the case of Kentucky v. Baze, challenging the three drug cocktail for lethal injections. [More...]

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