Editorial: A judge texting is taboo

Editorial: A judge texting is taboo

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From Houston Chronicle

Normangee, TX

#1 Sep 12, 2013
Here's how it went down in an East Texas courtroom last year, according to the confession of a former prosecutor who acted as a go-between prosecutor and judge in a Polk County case.

During the Aug. 8, 2012, jury trial of David Reeves, facing a felony charge of injury to his child, Judge Elizabeth Coker texted ex-Polk County Assistant District County Kaycee Jones with points for lead prosecutor Beverly Armstrong to raise in her argument and instructed Jones to pass them along to Armstrong.
Jones responded to the judge with the words "good point," then passed along the message to Armstrong. This whole sequence of events is appalling, astonishing, beyond the pale. Pick your own adjective.

Somehow, despite Judge Coker's best clandestine efforts, Reeves was acquitted.

Coker, on the other hand, deserves to have the legal-ethics book thrown at her. This isn't her first misstep. Besides charges of coaching prosecutors she's been accused of discrimination in picking counsel in indigent cases.

The remorseful Jones deserves punishment, as well. Since the incident, she has been elected as a state district judge for Polk, Trinity and San Jacinto counties. Her admitted bad behavior in Coker's courtroom should disqualify her from any service on the bench.

It appears a serious outbreak of "black robe disease" has hit usually quiet East Texas. It now falls to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct to stem the outbreak with swift action against the offending jurists.
Appalled in Trinity Cnty

Houston, TX

#2 Sep 14, 2013
I read about this and was unsurprised. I’m not sure what “black robe disease” is but they probably caught it from each other because they are all in bed together. Have not had any experience with criminal court, but had some experience with a civil issue recently in Trinity County court. The judge nodded his head in the affirmative to everything the local lawyer said and did not listen to anything the outside lawyer had to say. My lesson was if you need anything done in Trinity County court system; get a local lawyer who knows the judges intimately.
Soft words

Columbus, OH

#3 Sep 18, 2013
We are highly limited with our choice of local lawyers so. Also if Elizabeth has done so wrong why is who she was texting to the next judge?
FYI

Centerville, TX

#4 Oct 3, 2013
Jones was elected BEFORE this information became public. she is trying to cover her --- by confessing and expressing remorse. She also violated ethical standards by her participation. Coker should be removed from the bench and Jones should also be disciplined.
Appalled in Trinity Cnty

Houston, TX

#5 Oct 5, 2013
I agree. I also think voters should look at the other judges in the county who cannot make a decision without the lawyer telling them what to do. How can you perform your duties as a judge if you are looking for the lawyer that you know in the courtroom to tell you what to do? If one cannot look at evidence from both sides and make a decision, one should not be a judge. Perhaps we should all attend at the courthouse every now and then to see what goes on. Most of us go through life and never see the inside of a courtroom. It is very disturbing to discover the standard of the elite few who run the judicial system in this area.
No Justice

Marquez, TX

#6 Oct 5, 2013
I had a friend who recently went in front of her for an UNCONTESTED divorce. From the time she went in front of Coker she started downgrading my friend anyway she could. Even trying to find fault with the divorce papers, like I said, it was uncontested. Coker did all this because she did not like her or her family. That should not be allowed. She thinks she is untouchable and can do as she pleases and so far she has!
Tim

Trinity, TX

#7 Oct 22, 2013
Please by all means come to court and see for yourself. Jones hangs out in the trinity co. District attorneys office, even went to the convention for District attorneys and county attorneys a month ago! She's cokers co-conspirator, what gives!!!!
Fed up

Palestine, TX

#8 Oct 23, 2013
You are all right on top of judging others. You immediately assume a lot and know nothing. Business as usual on this site.
Watcher

Palestine, TX

#9 Oct 23, 2013
Oh yeah I know. I have seen her with the County Attorney at lunch and he was at the same conference. Hmmmmm.
local concern

United States

#10 Oct 23, 2013
Any Judge can go to the conference. There were probably many others there too.
polk county resident

Livingston, TX

#11 Oct 24, 2013
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!!!
ben

Blairsville, GA

#12 Nov 8, 2013
FYI wrote:
Jones was elected BEFORE this information became public. she is trying to cover her --- by confessing and expressing remorse. She also violated ethical standards by her participation. Coker should be removed from the bench and Jones should also be disciplined.
Keep in mind Jones was a candidate at the time and has to adhere to the same rules and ethics for which office she seeks. So she was a candidate for judge and an asst. DA, she violated both and she should never be allowed to hold any potion that represents the state of Texas or any other state for that matter.
Stacie

Blairsville, GA

#13 Nov 8, 2013
Watcher wrote:
Oh yeah I know. I have seen her with the County Attorney at lunch and he was at the same conference. Hmmmmm.
OMG the county attorney to, cause every time I seen them it was benny schero and his phone lady.
andy

Blairsville, GA

#14 Nov 8, 2013
local concern wrote:
Any Judge can go to the conference. There were probably many others there too.
It's a DA and CA conference, there is no reason for a judge to be there other than to catch up on the DA-judge texting.lmaowou
Bob

Dahlonega, GA

#18 Nov 8, 2013
Watcher wrote:
Oh yeah I know. I have seen her with the County Attorney at lunch and he was at the same conference. Hmmmmm.
Watcher is not being truthful cause it is the DISTRICT ATTORNEY, watcher must be one of the DISTRICT ATTORNEY employees cause I have seen it too
Watcher

Palestine, TX

#19 Nov 9, 2013
I do not now nor have I ever worked for the District attorney. How dare you question my honesty. I know what I have seen.
Bob

Marquez, TX

#20 Nov 9, 2013
Watcher and all the tax payers come on over and see for yourself, at the café in Groveton. Every time Kaycee Jones is in Groveton she's at the DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE and they all have lunch together, no one else. Watcher, read frog's post above and learn the law.
Canon 2B of the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct states, in pertinent part, that,“A judge shall not allow any relationship to influence judicial conduct or judgment.(((((A judge shall not lend the prestige of judicial office to advance the private interests of the judge or others; nor shall a judge convey or permit others to convey the impression that they are in a special position to influence the judge.”))))) You might want to show up and get you own photo's, then post them to prove that it's not the DISTRICT ATTORNEY!!!!! I already have mine!!!!
Bob

Marquez, TX

#21 Nov 9, 2013
Watcher wrote:
I do not now nor have I ever worked for the District attorney. How dare you question my honesty. I know what I have seen.
Maybe you need glasses! It's the DISTRICT ATTORNEY..........
Bob

Marquez, TX

#22 Nov 9, 2013
State Commission on Judicial Conduct http://www.scjc.state.tx.us
click link to file complaints or to view rules of judicial conduct.
FROG, thanks for all the post, very interesting read on this website! It wont be long and Nicholds will be gone, then they have the matter of KAYCEE JONES, COKER's texting co-conspirator.
Interested

Houston, TX

#23 Nov 10, 2013
I’d like to hear what you know about Judge Page and Joe Bob Evans over in Groveton.

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