Texas justice's ethics in question
Janet Elliott: Express-News
Green said the group Texas Watch is mistaken in assuming that his frequent travels between Austin and San Antonio were for commutes. He said he has lived in an Austin apartment since March 2005 and his travels to his former hometown were for meetings and speaking engagements.
"I'm invited, as we all are, to go to various places to speak at seminars," said Green, who served on the 4th Court of Appeals in San Antonio before winning election to the Supreme Court in November 2004. He started his six-year term in January 2005.
"Coming from San Antonio, I get lots of requests from the local bar, young lawyers, law school, any number of school groups to come in and visit," he said.
"That as an explanation does not allay my concern about the potential that Judge Green violated the ethics statute," Winslow said. "The volume of trips between Austin and San Antonio, literally several times a week, raises doubts in my mind that he's going to speak to the Rotary Club. I find that very hard to believe."
Also Monday, an attorney for Medina said the judge will repay his campaign fund money that he improperly spent to commute between Houston and Austin.
Terry Yates said Medina relied on bad advice from an accountant that he could use his political fund for the commuting costs.
In Green's case, the justice listed each trip individually. Many said they were for a round trip between San Antonio and Austin on a specific day.