Texas district Judge Elizabeth E. Coker (pictured above in her chambers in happier times) is stepping down from the bench after being caught engaging in misconduct. A whistleblower revealed that Corker was sending text messages to prosecutors with suggestions on questions to ask in court in order to secure a conviction. Coker was also accused of suggesting that a witness review a videotaped interview he gave to law enforcement to refresh his memory and rehabilitate his testimony and of discussing legal issues pertinent to the case "in an unsuccessful effort to assist the State (to) obtain a guilty verdict in the case."
The defendant ended up being acquitted of a felony charge of injury to a child.The Houston Chronicle article is here y'all. (H/T to an alert Texas reader).
SEAN TAYLOR CASE: The prosecution rested Monday and the defense started their case, calling other individuals who were in the car with Eric Rivera when it was stopped and Rivera "voluntarily" decided to go to FDLE to confess. The defense also called the Defendant's father who testified about his putative attempts to located his son while he
One thing's for certain: Judge Murphy is not texting Reid Ruben questions to ask on cross.
See you in court.