Judge Resigns Amid Allegations of Ex Parte Communication

, Texas Lawyer


An East Texas state district judge has agreed to resign voluntarily from the bench on Dec. 6. Her decision comes after an investigation by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct alleged that she engaged in improper ex parte communication by texting a prosecutor while presiding over a criminal trial.

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  • Tierney

    I thought this was allowed in Texas. The judge that oversaw my case held the pre-trial conference without my lawyer; I didn't know a hearing was scheduled—I live out of state. Counsel told me it was standard procedure in Texas to proceed with a pre-trial conference when only one side is present. Conferences cannot be re-scheduled due to a lawyer's failure to appear?

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