Saturday, June 19, 2010

Commission is deliberating

Its up to the Judicial Conduct Commission to decide at this point.

Judge Keller's fate now is in panel's hands
By Craig Kapitan - Express-News

AUSTIN — An attorney for Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Sharon Keller chided the State Commission on Judicial Conduct as the group prepared Friday to decide if sanctions are warranted against the high-ranking jurist.

The 13-member panel immediately began deliberating in closed session after almost five hours of oral arguments and questioning. It could be weeks or months, however, before a ruling is issued.

“Frankly, you did not critically challenge this story,” attorney Chip Babcock told the group, arguing that ethical violation allegations against Keller are the result of media spin drummed up by anti-death-penalty advocates. “I think it's organized (propaganda), and I think for the commission not to recognize it is naive.”

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