14 May 2005


The Texas Inquisition - A judge takes on the State ethics board.

via Dallas Criminal Lawyer


Anonymous said...

Man, it would suck if judges were, you know, like judged on stuff. And things. Man, that would suck. Who would pay for, um, justice? We'd have a real problem, here.

Anonymous said...

Incidentally, you completely hosed the display of your blog in Mozilla (at least linux).

Anonymous said...

Article from Sunday's Houston Paper

May 15, 2005, 1:19AM

Judge apologizes for throwing recapture party
She served cake as the fugitive got his life sentence
Associated Press

DALLAS - A district court judge who threw a party with balloons and cake in her courtroom to celebrate the recapture of a man who fled during his trial has apologized after receiving a public admonition.

Dallas District Judge Faith Johnson served ice cream and hung streamers for a court proceeding in which Billy Wayne Williams discovered he had been sentenced in absentia to life in prison.

The State Commission on Judicial Conduct, which issued the public admonition, also discovered that Johnson had planned for a TV crew to capture Williams' expression when he entered the courtroom.

Leaving the courtroom, Williams told a reporter, "It seems like everyone wants to have a party, and it's fun for you people but not for me."

In November 2003, Johnson granted Williams a personal recognizance bond before he disappeared during his aggravated-assault trial.

He was accused of choking his girlfriend to the point of unconsciousness.

"If my celebration of the return of fugitive Billy Wayne Williams offended any member of the community, I deeply apologize," Johnson wrote in a written statement released last week.