TX LEGAL EDGE

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Did a Texas Judge Go Too Far with Texting?

Carol Keough January 24, 2013

Imagine that your client is on trial for a felony offense and the judge is texting questions to the assistant prosecutor.  The Houston Chronicle reported that State District Judge E. Coker is accused of sending text messages from the bench to an assistant district attorney during a criminal trial.

Ethical rules prevent a judge from discussing issues related to the trial unless all parties are present.  Judges also must be impartial and not show bias against any party.  If the allegations are true, did Judge Coker cross an ethical line with the in court texting?

For more on this story, check it out on HoustonChronicle.com:http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Judge-accused-of-texting-prosecutor-to-aid-in-case-4204137.php?t=80faf6e70f

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