Private Admonition of a District Judge. (10/14/10)
The judge improperly acted as an advocate and legal counsel for a family member in a small claims action by (a) initiating contact with opposing counsel in an effort to negotiate a settlement on behalf of the family member; and (b) appearing at trial, passing notes to the family member that included legal advice and trial strategy, and requesting that he be permitted to sit at counsel table with the family member. [Violation of Canon 4G of the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct.] Private Admonition of a District Judge. (10/14/10).