Monday, March 02, 2009

DMN Reports Keller Will Not Resign

The Dallas Morning News says that Sharon Keller is going to fight the charges of misconduct and incompetence leveled at her by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. That means the public trial will take place and we will learn more about how the Court operates.

Chip Babcock, a Dallas attorney for Keller, dismissed any notion she would resign.

"It is not a real possibility," he said.
The article goes on to say that former CCA general counsel Ed Marty resigned in part because of how he felt about his role in the controversial action not to accept the appeal, which was in violation of established court rules.
(CCA Judge Larry) Meyers acknowledged that the Richard case and resulting charges against Keller have brought significant "notoriety" to the court. But he said he was not ready to assign blame to any of his fellow judges or their employees.

While it appears the court's long-standing policies were not followed, it remains unclear, he said, whether there was a "miscommunication" among Keller, the court's former general counsel, the court's chief clerk and attorneys for Richard.

He did say Marty's decision to retire from the court last year was partly because he felt some responsibility for his role in the incident.

"I think he was ready to retire and probably also saw there was going to be a lot of controversy," Meyers said. "It was not based on any pressure from us."

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