Tag: 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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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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