Wednesday, August 19, 2009

She said, they said

The hearing of the century continues.

I'd be surprised if anything is done to her.

There appears to be enough "slop" in the procedures followed by the defense attorneys and in the fact Judge Keller may have been acting in a ministerial function to preclude any severe sanctions or a finding of misconduct.

Judge Keller tells her side of the story

As the second day of her ethics hearing ended, the presiding judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals sought to explain her perception of a phone call two years ago that preceded the execution of death row inmate Michael Richard.

“I just don't think anybody did anything wrong,” said Sharon Keller, the state's highest-ranking criminal judge. She offered a brief smile as the questioning began.

Keller faces possible removal from office after being charged with five counts of judicial misconduct, including the failure to follow the appellate court's execution-day protocol when she didn't notify fellow Judge Cheryl Johnson of the Sept. 25, 2007, request to accept a late appeal.

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