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Report: Judge shouldn't lose job for closing court (Keller's ethics trial)

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  • Report: Judge shouldn't lose job for closing court (Keller's ethics trial)

    AP - An embattled Texas judge who closed her court before a death-row inmate could file his final appeal should not lose her job or receive any further punishment beyond the "public humiliation" she has faced, a judge presiding over her ethics trial said in a report released Wednesday.


    FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2009 file photo, Judge Sharon Keller waits for her trial to begin at the Bexar County Courthouse in San Antonio. According to a report released Wednesday Jan. 20, 2010, Keller should not lose her job for closing her court before a death-row inmate could file a final appeal. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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    re: Report: Judge shouldn't lose job for closing court (Keller's ethics trial)

    Judge Sharon Keller still faces five judicial misconduct charges for refusing to keep her court open past 5 p.m., and the state commission that will ultimately decide Keller's fate is not bound by the recommendations in Wednesday's report. But the report makes it clear that Keller is not to blame for a twice-convicted killer being executed Sept. 25, 2007.

    "Although Judge Keller's conduct on that day was not exemplary, she did not engage in conduct so egregious that she should be removed from office," wrote state district Judge David Berchelmann, who oversaw Keller's ethics trial.

    About Judge Sharon Keller

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Sharon Faye Keller (born in Dallas, Texas, 1953) is the Presiding Judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, which is the highest court for all criminal matters in the State of Texas. Because of her position, she has been involved in many high-profile and controversial cases, and has thus received widespread news coverage. More:

    The Judge Sharon Keller case

    By by TED FRANK,

    Notice one thing missing in the New York Times’s discussion of the ethical complaint against Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Sharon Keller? That’s right: any discussion of the underlying merits of the appeal that Keller refused to permit to be filed late. The Supreme Court held in Baze v. Rees that lethal injection was constitutional. Michael Richard, who raped and murdered a mother of seven, had multiple levels of meritless appeals, and this is a complaint that he should have gotten yet another one at the eleventh hour to raise a brand-new attack on his death sentence, and that Judge Keller should have politely informed the lawyers that they were asking permission for a late filing from the wrong judge to pointlessly delay the execution for another year while the Court decided Baze. One hopes that this ethical complaint and related press coverage is looked at as the political attack that it is. Source:
    I'm not a lawyer. The information I gave is based on certain research. Please review the information yourself to make an informed decision. Also, the information I posted may no longer be accurate.


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