Private Warning of a Justice of the Peace. (04/08/13).
The judge failed to comply with the law and demonstrated a lack of professional competence in the law by dismissing certain criminal cases without a motion from the State, including cases involving his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, which he was legally disqualified from handling altogether. Further, the judge exhibited an impermissible bias and failed to be patient, dignified, and courteous in his dealings with members of the police department. Finally, the judge's refusal to fully cooperate with the Commission's investigation became an aggravating factor regarding the imposition of this sanction. [Violation of Canons 2A, 3B(1), 3B(2), 3B(4), and 3B(5) of the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct, and Article V, §1-a(6)A of the Texas Constitution.] Private Warning of a Justice of the Peace. (04/08/13).