Texans Approve Public Sanctions For Judicial Commission

Law360, Houston (November 5, 2013, 10:02 PM EST) -- Efforts to improve the transparency of disciplinary proceedings involving Texas judges got a boost Tuesday when voters approved a constitutional amendment that will afford the State Commission on Judicial Conduct greater latitude to impose public sanctions.

Winning a landslide 85 percent approval among voters, Proposition 9 expands the sanctions available to the commission following a formal disciplinary proceeding by authorizing it to issue an order of public admonition, warning, reprimand, or requirement that a judge obtain additional training.

Previously, if the commission initiated a formal inquiry,...
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