Judge accused of DWI still will rule on cases
Guillermo Contreras, Elizabeth Allen: Express-News
An administrative judge on Monday allowed 187th District Judge Raymond Angelini to remain on the bench but barred him from hearing any drunken-driving cases until his own driving-while-intoxicated charge is resolved.
Del Prado asked Peeples to rule that the state make a motion for recusing Angelini in each case prosecutors felt would have the potential for a conflict of interest. Reed's request, Del Prado argued, is not available under state rules of civil procedure.
"I think anything that makes it clear to the public that Judge Angelini wants to do what is appropriate in this case and not give any appearance of impropriety is the right decision," Del Prado told reporters after the ruling.
Reed's office is not prosecuting Angelini. County Court-at-Law No. 12 Judge Michael E. Mery, who is presiding over Angelini's misdemeanor DWI case, appointed Anton "Tony" E. Hackebeil, district attorney in Uvalde County, as special prosecutor.