Commission Defends Sanction Against Keller

Judge Sharon Keller's challenge of an official sanction should be tossed out, the State Commission on Judicial Conduct has said in filings with the Texas Supreme Court. The agency sanctioned Keller — the presiding judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals — in the now-infamous death penalty case in which she refused to keep her offices open past 5 p.m. for a last-minute appeal. She promised to challenge that, and last week, she delivered. In filings with the Texas Supreme Court, she questioned the legality of the "public warning" the commission issued — which she claims conflicts with both the ...

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