Texas Judge Forced To Resign After Being Caught Texting Instructions To Assistant DA During Trial

from the a-broken-system-suffers-another-set-of-fractures dept

Oh, the hilarity that is the phrase "criminal justice system." Talk to any defense attorney and they'll tell you how the deck is stacked against defendants and defense lawyers. The ideal of "innocent until proven guilty" has become little more than a disclaimer tacked onto cop-centered reality shows. Defendants are guilty until the jury is somehow tricked by the defense into handing down a "not guilty" verdict. A lot of effort goes towards dissuading defendants from even making it this far, as prosecutors will present worst-case scenarios comprised of every violation conceivable in order to get an agreement to plead guilty to a lesser charge.

The prevailing perception that the person charged is guilty, with the only answer yet to be determined is how guilty, makes defending arrestees an uphill battle. Judge (former judge) Elizabeth Coker took this uphill battle, increased the grade to 85 degrees, covered it with a sheet of ice and sprinkled it with a 50/50 blend of Teflon and motor oil.

Elizabeth E. Coker may forever be known as the "texting judge," but her notoriety will soon be all that is left of her days on the bench of the 258th District Court of Polk, Trinity, and San Jacinto Counties. Coker signed an "AGREEMENT TO RESIGN FROM JUDICIAL OFFICE IN LIEU OF DISCIPLINARY ACTION" with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct…

The agreement comes in the wake of a recent investigation revealing Coker texted instructions from the bench to a Polk County Assistant District Attorney who was assisting in the prosecution of a case in Coker's court.
The good news is that Coker is being stripped of all of her judicial power. Once the resignation goes through, she won't even be able to perform a wedding. The bad news is that this texting incident was only one of several alleged incidents in which Coker undermined the justice system. [Perhaps someone should have passed her, and any prosecutors dealing with her courtroom, a copy of this letter from a Texas DA warning his staff away from ex parte discussions...]
[J]udge Coker used Assistant District Attorney Jones to privately communicate information about the Reeves case to the assistant district attorney prosecuting the case; to suggest questions for the prosecutor to ask during the trial; to ensure that a witness was able to refresh his memory and rehabilitate his testimony by reviewing his videotaped interview with law enforcement before he took the stand for the second time the following day; and to discuss legal issues pertinent to the case. in an unsuccessful effort to assist the State obtain a guilty verdict in the case…

[t]he Commission investigated claims that Judge Coker allegedly engaged in other improper ex parte communications and meetings with Jones, other members of the Polk County District Attorney's Office, the San Jacinto County District Attorney, and certain defense attorneys regarding various Cases pending in her court; Judge Coker allegedly exhibited a bias in favor of certain attorneys and a prejudice against others in both her judicial rulings and her court appointments: and Judge Coker allegedly met with jurors in an inappropriate manner, outside the presence of counsel, while the jurors were deliberating in one or more criminal trials…
Add to all the alleged misconduct above the apparent fact that she kept using the same questionable tactics right up to her appearance before the Commission.
[t]he Commission also expressed concerns that Judge Coker discussed the Commission's investigation and Judge Coker's written responses to the investigation with a material witness prior to that witness' testimony before the Commission in an apparent attempt to influence that witness, and that the judge may not have been candid and truthful in her testimony before the Commission when questioned about her contact with the witness...
In addition to stripping her judicial powers, the Commission also leaves her solely responsible for bearing the cost of any litigation arising from her alleged misconduct. The Commission, however, chose not to pursue these allegations in exchange for her immediate resignation. Coker utilizes that out in her public statement.
"The Judicial Commission made no finding or determinations of fact in my voluntary resignation, and I have not admitted guilt, fault or liability in my voluntary resignation. While I could have fought these allegations, it would have involved significant time, significant expense, and disruption to everyone involved. I did not feel that was in the best interests of the taxpayers, our court system, my family or myself" Coker stated.
Yeah, that sounds about right. Coker sacrificing herself for the good of a long list of others, including the taxpayers who paid her salary and the court system she allegedly abused from a position of power. Thanks to the commission's decision, these will forever remain allegations -- the equivalent of "getting off on a technicality." If Coker ends up in court because of her previous improprieties, I would imagine she'll have to search well outside her district for a defense lawyer.





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    BentFranklin (profile), Oct 24th, 2013 @ 6:25am

    What about the District Attorneys? They should be punished also.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Oct 24th, 2013 @ 8:11am

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      Doubtless will be as well....

       

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      art guerrilla (profile), Oct 24th, 2013 @ 8:13am

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      excellent point ! ! !

      all these 'officers of the court' are *SUPPOSED* to be REQUIRED to report all these kinds of ethics failures and shenanigans that go on, but HOW MANY EVER DO ? ? ?
      (asymptotically as close to zero as you can get, is how many...)

      thus eviscerating the ONE and ONLY 'reason' the (in)justice system in general, and lawyers in particular are *supposedly* 'self-policing'...
      bullshit, they close ranks and dare not speak against a fellow parasite, er, lawyer...

      same as doctors, kops, military, kongresskritters, etc: ALL these *public* institutions have become opaque, and their 'self-policing' less than worthless, in fact, harmful...

      but, i'm certain this was the one and onliest judge/lawyer in Empire who has ever engaged in such egregious behavior...

      i'm certain that must be the case, otherwise we would have heard about all the other incidents from the assiduous 'self-policing' these public servants are subject to...

      one law for thee, no law for meeeeeeeeeeee ! ! !

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    Ninja (profile), Oct 24th, 2013 @ 6:50am

    Judge (former judge) Elizabeth Coker took this uphill battle, increased the grade to 85 degrees, covered it with a sheet of ice and sprinkled it with a 50/50 blend of Teflon and motor oil.

    Leeeeeeroy!

     

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    Michael, Oct 24th, 2013 @ 7:28am

    While I could have fought these allegations, it would have involved significant time, significant expense, and disruption to everyone involved. I did not feel that was in the best interests of the taxpayers, our court system, my family or myself

    Plus, these corrupt judges make it nearly impossible to defend yourself.

     

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    Vidiot (profile), Oct 24th, 2013 @ 7:30am

    Invalidation?

    So... when a low-level crime lab technician is shown to be chronically incompetent -- not dishonest, like this judge -- law enforcement wails and rends its garments over the scores and scores of cases that will be thrown out and judgments overturned. And that's just by association, not by proving actual, individual errors. Seems like this would be a literal get-out-of-jail-free card for an awful lot of convicted individuals... unless, of course, her willful subversion of justice is deemed less serious than the lab tech's dirty test tube.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 24th, 2013 @ 7:30am

    Why is this not criminal? Why is she giving press conferences instead of being booked into a jail somewhere?

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Oct 24th, 2013 @ 7:56am

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      Because in exchange for getting her out of the judge's seat ASAP, they agreed to not investigate further or pursue disciplinary action.

      Which avoids lots of time and headaches in removing her, and avoids the possibility of her escaping with a slap on the wrist based on technicalities.

      Not exactly optimal, but not a bad trade off all things considered.

       

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        That One Guy (profile), Oct 24th, 2013 @ 8:01am

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        While removing her quickly, and quietly might be a (somewhat) valid reason, the 'and avoids the possibility of her escaping with a slap on the wrist based on technicalities' most certainly is not, as that's exactly what happened.

        'Oh no, she lost her job'... considering she was stacking the deck against defendants, actively working to subvert the legal system by being anything but impartial and directing cases, the fact that she 'only' get's fired is essentially a slap on the wrist 'punishment'.

         

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          Ninja (profile), Oct 24th, 2013 @ 8:06am

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          That. I'm wondering about all the cases she judged. Surely there may have been some 'victim' out there that ended up in jail even though he/she was an innocent. "Let's leave it at that" is not a reasonable outcome.

           

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            Anonymous Coward, Oct 24th, 2013 @ 8:35am

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            If I were a defense attorney that had lost a case in her court I would be filing motions to have the verdict overturned or at least declared a mistrial based on this news and I imagine that there are a lot of defense attorneys that are doing just that right now.

            This story needs to be pushed in the press. She may be able to escape criminal prosecution, but she cannot escape the court of public opinion. Also just because they don't pursue a criminal investigation that doesn't grant her immunity from civil liability over this. I would expect to see plenty of cases filed on behalf of former defendants in her court that bring civil suits.

             

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        Not an Electronic Rodent (profile), Oct 24th, 2013 @ 8:28am

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        Because in exchange for getting her out of the judge's seat ASAP, they agreed to not investigate further or pursue disciplinary action.
        See, right here is where you lose me. In any other profession it wouldn't be either/or, you'd be walked out the door after having being fired for gross breach of terms of employment straight into the hands of the police there to arrest you for whatever crime it was you were fired for.

         

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          Anonymous Coward, Oct 24th, 2013 @ 11:05am

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          It seems like there are two sets of rules. One for everyday average citizens and another for those in the government. No one should be above the law, yet that is exactly what is happening here.

           

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        RJOGuillory, Oct 24th, 2013 @ 10:14am

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        "Not exactly optimal, but not a bad trade off all things considered"...

        I suppose that could be one person's point-of-view...unless you are one of the dozens of citizens innocently sitting in some horrendous county, state or federal prison because of this corruption ....my mother was a corrupt court clerk back in the old days of ticket fixing and what-not...many in my family were corrupt law enforcement...racist, thieving, counterfeiting... and when the court system more closely resembles "The Price is Right" ...with the judge playing Bob Barker...we all know there is something terribly wrong in our country..and has been for over fifty years... I think convicting and publicly hanging this woman would have been a much more effective method of deterrence...as we begin to really root out the political and judicial corruption...we need to remember the tricks and tools these people have used over our lives to lie, cheat, steal and kill us and our families...and we need to continue to make sure as much as possible that this BS doesn't happen again..

        Regards,

        RJ O'Guillory
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        Webster Groves - The Life of an Insane Family

        Regards,

        RJ O'Guillory
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        Anonymous Coward, Oct 24th, 2013 @ 1:13pm

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        The other "advantage" of the state not investigating this further is it keeps everyone in the dark about what other cases she may have been (probably was) texting during.

        Had they looked into this, there would have been countless other cases that would have turned up resulting in automatic cause for appeals and likely overturn of those cases.

        Definitely something the state does not want. Better to sweep it under the rug as fast as possible....

         

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 24th, 2013 @ 7:36am

    everyone connected to any of the cases she sat on should be receiving the same punishment, if you can actually call it that! then, all cases she had anything to do with should be retried.
    and like in the article, anyone who thinks this is an isolated judge is out of their tree! i bet anything you like, there is all sorts of 'help' given to other judges and prosecutors, particularly when dealing with copyright cases

     

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    out_of_the_blue, Oct 24th, 2013 @ 7:37am

    Other lawyers protected her as much as could...

    because they're ALL in the same medieval guild, swear an oath to it above all else; it controls their current and future earnings, besides has more or less hidden sanctions including setting State Prosecutors onto one. The "bar association" is the most evil entity around, and not coincidentally, is key to every outrage against civilization from John Yoo's torture memos to the convenient statutes that allow mega-corporations like Google to dodge nearly all taxes.

    "First kill all the lawyers." That's Shakespeare.

    Where economist Mike brags of hanging out with the really cool kids: lawyers!

    03:37:21[d-370-3]

     

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      EeeDee, Oct 24th, 2013 @ 6:18pm

      Re: Other lawyers protected her as much as could...

      You should learn something about Shakespeare before quoting him. The kill all the lawyers line is uttered as part of a plot to subvert the law and install a new king. It is a compliment and acknowledgement that lawyers are vital to rule by law, not men (or despots).

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Oct 25th, 2013 @ 8:44am

        Re: Re: Other lawyers protected her as much as could...

        Don't take that away from her/him, (s)he felt clever for all of 5 seconds!

         

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        Not an Electronic Rodent (profile), Oct 26th, 2013 @ 3:36am

        Re: Re: Other lawyers protected her as much as could...

        It is a compliment and acknowledgement that lawyers are vital to rule by law, not men (or despots).
        Or that lawyers have become the real despots of law...

         

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    Ima Fish (profile), Oct 24th, 2013 @ 8:13am

    I just left court this morning where the judge was criticizing an attorney because his client wanted a trial. In open court, on the record, and in front of his client, she criticized the defense attorney for not having "sufficient client control" in his failing to talk his client into a plea deal. The defense attorney responded that his client believes himself to be innocent and wants his trial.

    And that's the real problem with the plea process. It turns the criminal justice system into an assembly line process. But when someone wants to get off the line and actually protect his rights, e.g., demand full discovery, interview witnesses, have a trial, the whole process goes of whack and it really pisses off judges and prosecutors who are used to doing it the easy way.

    To such judges and prosecutors, exercising your rights is a waste of everyone's time.

     

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      Edward Teach, Oct 24th, 2013 @ 8:44am

      Shocks and sickens me...

      Will this behavior get the judge any kind of reprisal? Even a stern talking-to? Can the defense attorney use this in some kind of immediate appeal up the ladder? Can the defense attorney ask the judge to recuse him/herself on this basis?

      I'm just a dumb ol' programmer, so WTF?

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Oct 24th, 2013 @ 8:45am

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      I just left court this morning where the judge was criticizing an attorney…

      Face facts, counsellor.

      The system is incapable of giving a fair trial to everyone who wants one. You know, I know it, and everyone else knows it, too.

      But the system can't be allowed to just break down. It's vital. So face facts, counsellor—and do your job: Help keep the system groaning and creaking along for another day, another week, another year. That's what you're paid for.

       

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      Kitty Antonik, Oct 25th, 2013 @ 10:33am

      Re: Ima Fish's observation in court

      How about publicizing the name of the judge in that case you observed. More of these actions need to be outed so that more people are aware of them. By IDing those involved others can know and then negatively Social Preference - reduce/cease or not establish voluntary association with - these individuals such as the judges, lawyers committing the acts as described (and cops most of all since they do the actual physical harm).

       

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    ClarkeyBalboa, Oct 24th, 2013 @ 8:19am

    Shouldnt she be charged with something like obstruction of justice? Then the DA can also tack on a few CFAA charges for using a smartphone to commit a crime to strong arm her into pleading.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 24th, 2013 @ 8:21am

    "Elizabeth Coker took this uphill battle, increased the grade to 85 degrees, covered it with a sheet of ice and sprinkled it with a 50/50 blend of Teflon and motor oil. "

    At least there's no wind.

     

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    crade (profile), Oct 24th, 2013 @ 8:26am

    I love how when someone in power does something criminal and we actually get that one in a million chance that they are actually caught the maximum punishment they ever get is to resign from office. Corruption wins!

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Oct 24th, 2013 @ 4:26pm

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      It is Texas. The one star state where the judge has to be a prosecutor to have a chance of advancement and where the law is set by republican Cruz-type "idealistic purity above sanity". Somehow it is surprising that they actually cared enough to catch her!

       

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    Bergman (profile), Oct 24th, 2013 @ 9:14am

    If someone tells a juror the truth about the law (jury nullification, for example), they go to prison for tampering with the jury.

    But if a prosecutor or a judge makes a complete mockery of the court and populates it with marsupials, they get to resign and are never charged.

    There's a reason people are saying we've got a high court/low court system theses days.

     

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    Sketch, Oct 24th, 2013 @ 9:20am

    I find it strange that an article espousing the "innocent until proven guilty" tenet is just as quick to declare her all but guilty of all the OTHER charges even though they are just "alleged" as of this point.

    As of right now, the vast majority of the posters are screaming "do as I say, not as I do", a tenet even MORE common in this country.

     

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      John Fenderson (profile), Oct 24th, 2013 @ 9:58am

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      Why do you find it strange? "Innocent until proven guilty" refers to how you're supposed to be treated in the justice system. It does not mean that you're not allowed to have and express a personal opinion.

       

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        Sketch, Oct 24th, 2013 @ 10:07am

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        unless you're a judge, right? or a cop? what about a reporter?

         

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          Anonymous Coward, Oct 24th, 2013 @ 10:09am

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          "unless you're a judge, right?"

          Right. Judges are supposed to remain impartial.

           

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          crade (profile), Oct 24th, 2013 @ 10:17am

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          Ya, it only applies to the process of deciding whether or not to send them to prison (or other punishment handed out by the justice system). It doesn't mean your friend can't dislike you for screwing his wife unless you are convicted of it at trial.

           

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          John Fenderson (profile), Oct 24th, 2013 @ 11:44am

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          unless you're a judge, right? or a cop? what about a reporter?


          If you're a judge in the course of performing your duties -- as in this case -- absolutely.

          If you're a cop, your job isn't to determine guilt or innocence so it doesn't matter. Express away. Same with reporters.

           

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        Anonymous Coward, Oct 24th, 2013 @ 10:10am

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        "Innocent until proven guilty" refers to…

        ‘Innocent until proven guilty’ has become little more than a disclaimer tacked onto cop-centered reality shows. Ain't that the truth.

        Do you believe the shit you see on the boob-tube reality shows?

        Maybe you believe in pro-wrassling, too. That's real.

         

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        crade (profile), Oct 24th, 2013 @ 10:13am

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        Yes, I don't think innocent until proven guilty means everyone needs to pretend not to notice wrongdoing unless there is a conviction :)

         

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      Anonymous Coward, Oct 24th, 2013 @ 10:06am

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      Most of the posters are noting that a normal citizen would be charged. Charged doesn't imply a guilty verdict.

      You've also got to look at the facts. She did resign in lieu of disciplinary action (FACT). You don't do that sort of thing when you're innocent unless you expect to lose the battle. So there are two possibilities either she did what they claim, or she is being forced out for other unspecified politics and she doesn't believe she can win or isn't interested in fighting it.

      At the very least you have a very obviously corrupt justice system. One that has not been kind to the citizens it's supposed to be protecting.

       

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    DOlz (profile), Oct 24th, 2013 @ 9:57am

    That will learn them

    "… I have not admitted guilt, fault or liability in my voluntary resignation."

    Man I bet her wrist really stung after that.

     

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    Libety Lover (profile), Oct 24th, 2013 @ 11:19am

    She should be tried by a jury and if found guilty she should be hung.

     

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    ioconnor (profile), Oct 24th, 2013 @ 11:36am

    Give Texas Back!

    Give Texas back to the Mexicans. Maybe Arizona too. I know Mexico won't accept those two states but we have got to try to do something!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 24th, 2013 @ 12:56pm

    Another crooked judge let off the hook, with no prison time. She didn't even have to take a plea deal or admit guilt.

    This is why common folk lose confidence in judicial systems, otherwise known as kangaroo courts.

     

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    E, Oct 24th, 2013 @ 2:27pm

    just one of Many!

    If once the people become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, Judges and Governors, shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature, in spite of individual exceptions."
    Thomas Jefferson

     

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    Wolfy, Oct 24th, 2013 @ 4:58pm

    I am old enough to recall not so long ago, the field of study was referred to as "law enforcement". Now it's referred to as "criminal justice".

    Words have power.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 24th, 2013 @ 5:39pm

    Terrifying these benchless creatures.

     

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    Brady, Oct 24th, 2013 @ 6:50pm

    Corrupt Judge

    DON'T LET THE DOORKNOB HIT YOU IN YOUR FAT A$$ ON THE WAY OUT OF OUR OFFICES. WE OWN THESE OFFICES. YOU WERE ONLY THERE AS LONG AS YOU PROVIDED HONEST AND FAITHFUL SERVICES AND YOU FAILED. GO CRAWL BACK UNDER THE ROCK YOU CAME FROM. AND YES I'M FREAKING YELLING. LET THIS BE A LESSON TO ALL THE REST OF YOU PUNK, PUKE TYRANTS WHO THINK YOU ARE GOD ON THE BENCH. SHAPE UP OR SHIP OUT. START DOING RIGHT OR GET THE BLEEP OUT.
    IF YOU FEEL YOU ARE TOO FAR GONE TO REDEEM YOURSELF WITH NEW BEHAVIOR, THEN RETIRE! OR GO GET A REAL JOB IN THE REAL MARKET PLACE, LIKE ALL THE REST OF US WHO HAVE TO SUPPORT YOU JERKS.

     

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    polk county resident, Oct 24th, 2013 @ 10:03pm

    I agree with many of the people that have posted on here...Judge coker has also ruined my families life. She sentenced my 37 year old brother 99 years for allegedly sexually abusing his own daughter. There was no evidence presented that he committed this crime that he was accused of and the examiner that examined the child stated in court that the child had not been touched. But yet her and Lee Hon can ruin someone's life behind false accusations. On top of that the whole court proceedings were unethical. For instance all during the trial there were jokes and laughter going on from Coker as well as the district attorney (Lee Hon). Another thing that took place that I was uncertain about was the fact that my brother asked for another attorney instead of the present court appointed lawyer and she told my parents that the only way that he could change lawyers is if a new lawyer is present before the trial the next day. I don't give credit to Karma, I give all credit to God because he said in his word that "you will reap what you sow." In my opinion Coker was able to get off easy but her judgement day is coming and she will have to answer to the almighty God for all of the many lives in Polk County, San Jacinto County, Trinity County, and other counties that she have destroyed behind her coruptness!!!

     

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    BambiB, Oct 25th, 2013 @ 11:47am

    What about the ADA?

    Unless the ADA is the one who turned the judge in, the ADA is every bit as guilty as the judge. They ought to both spend long prison sentences.

     

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    Tommy, Oct 26th, 2013 @ 8:51am

    Objectively speaking...

    ...the burden of proof is on the State, and they have to prove their case "beyond any reasonable doubt" before a jury can convict...jury is composed of average citizens, either from voter rolls or drivers license rolls - so the accused does get a jury of folks from the community to determine the verdict (how likely is it that common folks will sign off on purely vindictive prosecutions?)...and almost a million different ways for defense attorneys to have charges dismissed or evidence suppressed - often turning on the issue of what police did procedurally, not substantively...add to this the "CSI effect" - where jurors have become accustomed to tv versions of "justice" and expect video/dna evidence and/or a taped confession as proof of the crime (so very rare)
    And yet somehow the defense has the uphill battle? Either the author is stupid or intentionally misrepresenting the truth in order to push an agenda...namely, encouraging unwarranted suspicion of the justice system. Shameful. And so many of these responses seem to buy it! Idiots!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 30th, 2013 @ 9:27am

    Every case she has ever had should Bee reviewed or thrown out.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 30th, 2013 @ 12:41pm

    Awkward i am funnybot

    The last time I was in jail the DA just happened to be my client. "I was his drug dealer"

     

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