Monday, May 3, 2010

Judge Sharon Keller

In the early days of this Blawg I was dripping with contempt for Texas and Judge Sharon Keller (pic) who came up on judicial misconduct charges for refusing to hold open the clerk's office for the filing of emergency papeers to stay the execution of a death row inmate put to death later that evening.  His lawyers had called ahead and explained that they were having word processing problems and were on their way to the courthouse, albeit late. 

As you will recall, the Texas ethics-police decided that Judge Keller's ghoulish deviation from public service had caused her to "suffer enough" in terms of left-wing outrage and scrutiny and no action was taken against her.  Texas loves its death penalty.

Then over the weekend, the New York Times ran a little national squip piece, apparently there are some ethical lines Judge Keller crossed that did get her sanctioned, she grossly underreported income and assets and she has been ordered to pay a $100,000 fine.  Obviously, grotesquely greasing the skids for the Angel of Death is not on par or an equivalent offense with, lying about money--at least in Texas. Here's a link to the Austin Statesman article on Keller, it has a little more information than the New York Times' article.

You can hear me, can't you?  WTF?

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