July 17, 2010
"Texas Judge Reprimanded in Death Row Case"
From The New York Times:
A judicial panel on Friday reprimanded a Texas judge who declined to keep the courthouse open for a last-minute appeal from a death row inmate.
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On Sept. 25, 2007, when lawyers for Michael W. Richard asked the court to stay open to receive an appeal, Judge [Sharon} Keller reportedly told the clerk, “We close at 5 p.m.” Mr. Richard, who had been convicted of rape and murder, was executed that night.
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It is simply a case of “The Have and the have not" where the Judge overlooked the civil liberty/ civil rights of a convicted felon. Did Judge Keller compromise her judicial integrity? If so, does she have a track record of closing at exactly 5:00pm and in doing so pressuring a jury to make a decision on a trial by 5:00pm? I can imagine the judicial system in her jurisdiction falling victim to miscarriage of justice due to Judge Keller and her, "We close at 5:00pm...on the dot".
Posted by: A. Dennis Lopez | Jul 18, 2010 11:35:44 PM
I agree with the above post!
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Posted by: Iron Man | Jul 23, 2010 8:42:50 AM