Private Admonition of a District Judge (11/18/04)


The judge leased office space to an attorney who regularly practiced in his court, conveying or permitting others to convey the impression that the attorney was in a special position to influence the judge. The judge's business relationship with the attorney also involved the judge in frequent transactions with a lawyer who regularly comes before the court. Finally, the judge's failure to disclose the nature of his relationship with the attorney to prosecutors prevented any opportunity for the opposing side to urge the judge's recusal if such actions were appropriate. [Violation of Canons 2B, 3B(1) and 4D(1) of the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct] Private Admonition of a District Judge (11/18/04)