Private Admonition of a Justice of the Peace (07/12/02)


The judge, in an attempt to help a family with whom she was acquainted, became involved in a pending criminal case involving one of the family members.  The judge discussed the merits of the case with the victim of the pending criminal case, and did not issue a capias based on her relationship with the defendant's family.  As a result of the judge's involvement in the case, the defendant received more favorable treatment than other defendants faced with similar charges. [Violation of Canons 2B and 6C(2) of the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct.]  Private Admonition of a Justice of the Peace (07/12/02)