Private Warning of a Justice of the Peace. (03/23/07)


The judge issued a peace bond without conducting a hearing and without otherwise following procedures set forth in the Code of Criminal Procedure based on complaints filed by an individual with whom he had a personal relationship. The judge failed to follow the law, failed to maintain professional competence in the law, allowed his relationship with the complainant to influence his judicial judgment, used his position to advance another's private interest, and permitted the complainant requesting the peace bond to convey the impression that she was in a special position to influence him. [Violation of Canons 2A, 2B and 3B(2) of the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct.] Private Warning of a Justice of the Peace. (03/23/07)