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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