Denied due process? Negligent local judges?
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#1 Aug 25, 2012
If you have been denied due process in a local court, please complain to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct ( http://www.scjc.state.tx.us/ ).
The Commission has the power to discipline judges at all levels (District courts, county judges, county courts at law, J.P. courts, etc.)
Word is that some of the county judges in East Texas are the worst, delaying probate hearings, demanding fees from parties who have provided "paupers oaths," and refusing to hear some cases outright.
Of course the Commission will do absolutely nothing if just one person complains. Maybe the irritation of hundreds of complaints will motivate them to do something.
#2 Aug 27, 2012
My mother, who has schizoprenia and bipolar went to the psych hospital because she wouldn't eat or drink because she thought her food was poisoned. The doctor there tried to get her committed but the social worker said we would have to go to the courthouse and pay about $600 to get her committed, because my mother's address is not in Smith County. I called the court and talked to somebody named Rosemary who said they would have to get the money before they could set up a hearing. I explained that my mother was living with me here, but she said the address on the hospital's form is what they went by. The doctor told us they would have to release my mother after three days if she wasn't committed. I told the lady at the court that we didn't have the money and she said it was the hospital's problem, not theirs. I asked who the judge is and she said Joel Baker and I asked to talk to him. The lady said that the judge can't talk to anybody about the case. The lady was rude and told us to talk to a lawyer if we had a problem. So the hospital had to send my mother home and she stopped eating and drinking and got a real bad kidney infection that spread to her blood and she ended up back in the hospital. She never was the same after that and had to go to a nursing home. Thanks to theze lazy people my mother will never get to go home.
#3 Aug 28, 2012
Just come to Crook County and I will show you failed due process
#4 Aug 28, 2012
Sally, here's an interesting tidbit of info for ya. Joel Baker is on the Commission on Judicial Conduct. Jack Skeen got him appointed after several complaints were filed against Skeen. He is there to protect Skeen. I agree with the previous poster who said to file complaints with the Commission. But, I wouldn't expect anything to be done by the Commission. The Commission typically only disciplines justices of the peace. They won't touch a judge that has any political influence. Since Baker is on the Commission he is safe and he is going to make sure Skeen is safe. Unfortunately, the current state of affairs in Texas is that judges are free to ignore and violate the law and intentionally violate the Constitution with no fear that anyone will hold them accountable.
#6 Aug 28, 2012
My understanding is that Joel Baker's term on the Commission for Judicial Conduct has expired. He already did his time to protect "Fat Jack," and now that crisis is over.
#7 Aug 28, 2012
P.S. That is not absolutely true. They suspended the county judge in Upshur County for taking gifts from supporters (free legal services). They can't remove a county judge from political office, but they can suspend the judge from his judicial duties, which would make him very unpopular with the voters and with his peers who have to take up the slack. I can't file a complaint because these people would retaliate against me a ruin my business. But "regular" citizens really should stand up to this kind of crap.
#8 Aug 28, 2012
Just found this swill online. http://countyjudge.blogspot.com/ Hasn't been updated for several years, though. I guess he's to busy going to luncheons and appearing in public to declare war on hunger or to promise to stay up all night signing warrants to get people's blood samples. Thought about leaving a comment but thought better of it. It would just get deleted and they might track me down and try to screw me over somehow. Makes me sick.
For this judge to refuse to do mental health hearings, which is a function of his office, is serious negligence. So mentally ill people are just let out to wander the streets and fend for themselves? Please tell me it isn't true.
#9 Aug 28, 2012
I hate to keep beating a dead horse here, but the more I think about this, the more I worry. I think this lame-brain has his sights set on a higher office. I would have suspected that he would make a run for Leo Berman's spot in the state House, but Schaeffer beat him to it. So what else, if anything, would he have in mind? I'm not saying he is all around a bad guy, but his lack of concern for the average Joe really gets in my craw. I KNOW that to leave his law firm behind was a (financial) sacrifice, but he knew what he was getting in to. But then he turns around and raises taxes and gives himself a raise when everybody else in the county is worried about making ends meet. Then gets miffed at Berman for supporting a bill that would prohibit local lawmakers from voting themselves raises during their first term in office. He presents well and seems friendly. But insiders tell us that behind closed doors he is petty and vindictive. I know someone who tangled with him over some court issue and got the East Texas shot-across-the-bow, which was phone calls made to the right people who warned him that if he knew what was best for him, he would lay off of Judge Baker. I think the best that could be said for the guy is that he is your typical East Texas small town politician. And that, in and of itself, is scary.
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