Judge Skeen Seeks Re-election

Judge Skeen Seeks Re-election

There are 22 comments on the Tyler Morning Telegraph story from Dec 19, 2009, titled Judge Skeen Seeks Re-election. In it, Tyler Morning Telegraph reports that:

Judge Jack Skeen Jr., of the 241st Smith County District Court, announced Thursday before a crowded courtroom that he will file the necessary paperwork to seek another term as district judge.

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Disgusted

United States

#1 Dec 29, 2009
Jack Skeen is dishonest and unethical and has no business being a judge. His behavior as a district attorney should have been enough to keep him from getting on the bench. You can look up the Houston Chronicle articles that detailed his behavior as DA. As a judge he is just as dishonest and unethical as he was as a DA. He believes it is his job to do whatever it takes to make sure the prosecution wins its cases. Look at the website for the appellate attorney representing Patrick Kelly. He lists, I think about 40 points of error. Skeen made no attempt to give Kelly and the other defendants in that case a fair trial. He made up an exception the hearsay rule that doesn't exist. Thanks to him and the sleazy DA, Matt Bingham, there are at least 3 innocent people sitting in prison in that one case.(a case in which the DA, police and a grand jury in another county, the county that had proper venue, said nothing happened) He has been reversed on multiple occasions for abuse of discretion. If you're ever in his court don't even think about taking a court appointed attorney. He has a "contract" with a few attorneys. It is likely your court appointed attorney will tell you that you have to plead guilty and allow the judge to set your sentence Advising any client to plead guilty in Skeen's court without a sentencing deal is malpractice because Skeen is going to give them the maximum sentence. Still, this is what happens. Then, since they plead guilty they have no right to an appeal. This man is as sleazy as they come. He's been in political office far too long. It's time for the voters in Smith County to wake up. If you care anything about things like fairness, justice, or the constitution you must vote against this man.
Law and Order

Tyler, TX

#2 Jan 4, 2010
The posts by Disgusted are exactly that - DISGUSTING AND GROSSLY MISINFORMED. It is obvious that this person is a defense lawyer to one of the slimey individuals who molested children. These defendants got what they deserved - life in prison. No one wants those individuals in their backyard and I applaud Judge Skeen and Matt Bingham for protecting the rights of victims in Smith County. The allegations that Judge Skeen has been reversed for abuse of discretion are false and slanderous. It is obvious this individual would not know the truth if it hit him in the face. Thank goodness for honest people like Judge Skeen and Matt Bingham - the citizens of Smith County can sleep at night knowing that the perps are where they should be - in prison!
Disgusted again

Delray Beach, FL

#3 Jan 5, 2010
Law and Order is obviously Skeen or one of his sleazy cronies. Read the Houston Chronicle articles. Read the Texas Monthly articles. Read the brief filed in the Kelly case. Talk to some people familiar with the way the criminal justice system in Smith County works. Educate yourself. Its interesting that this person picked the name "Law and Order". What is going on in Smith County has nothing to do with the law. It is all about politics and power. When the worst criminals in the county are in public office how can you say you support Law and Order.

Skeen and his protege Matt Bingham are sociopaths. They routinely break the rules and laws and have no conscience about doing so. They get off on inflicting pain and punishment on people. The only difference in them and the sociopaths in prison are that Skeen and Bingham were smart enough to get themselves in elected office where they have the power to get away with inflicting pain and punishment on people. They don't care about justice, actual guilt or innocence. They care about their power and the sick sense of superiority they get from abusing that power.

Law and Order - if you aren't Skeen, please educate yourself and open your eyes.
Law and Order wrote:
The posts by Disgusted are exactly that - DISGUSTING AND GROSSLY MISINFORMED. It is obvious that this person is a defense lawyer to one of the slimey individuals who molested children. These defendants got what they deserved - life in prison. No one wants those individuals in their backyard and I applaud Judge Skeen and Matt Bingham for protecting the rights of victims in Smith County. The allegations that Judge Skeen has been reversed for abuse of discretion are false and slanderous. It is obvious this individual would not know the truth if it hit him in the face. Thank goodness for honest people like Judge Skeen and Matt Bingham - the citizens of Smith County can sleep at night knowing that the perps are where they should be - in prison!
Disgusted again

Delray Beach, FL

#4 Jan 5, 2010
Law and Order, I have a few questions. Does someone who picks the name Law and Order believe in things like constitutional rights, the right to a fair trial, the right to be represented by counsel. I'm not a defense attorney but your comment about my being a defense lawyer to one of the "slimey" individuals tells me you don't believe in the constitution, the right to a fair trial, the right to representation and especially that a defendant is innocent until proven guilty. Lets hope you never serve on a jury. You, like many on Smith County juries, would walk into the courtroom already believing the defendant guilty. A person like you does not believe in Law and Order, you only believe an illusion. The illusion that our extremely flawed criminal justice system only convicts people that are actually guilty, an illusion that judges, prosecutors and police are always honest. There is a massive amount of data to prove that illusion is not reality but I don't have the time to list all of the data here. I suggest you research the issue for yourself. Start with the innocence project and the DNA exonerations. Too many people in Tyler suffer from the same delusions that Law and Order does. They think they believe in "law and order" when they are supporting a corrupt and flawed system. In the Bible God often chose to compare people to sheep. Sheep are really stupid animals and when I see how easily people are manipulated and led by dishonest politicians like Skeen and Bingham I see why God made the comparison. Skeen and Bingham are disturbed individuals who should be locked up.
Anyone who could say these men are honest is either delusional or is one of their dishonest cronies. I am personally aware of dishonest behavior committed by both of these men. THey are liars and crooks and will do anything to stay in power and satisfy their sociopathic needs to inflict pain and punshment. If you think they have any interest in real justice you must have a coat of wool.
Disgusted again

Delray Beach, FL

#5 Jan 5, 2010
Furthermore, it appears that "Law and Order" has a fundamental misunderstanding of the way our criminal justice system is supposed to work. It is not the judge's job to make sure the "perps" go to jail. Even the prosecutor's first responsibility is to justice. The judge's job is to make sure the trial is fair, the rules and evidence, the law and the constitution are followed. Skeen does the complete opposite of those things by ignoring the law, rules of evidence and the constitution to make sure the prosecution wins. If Law and Order wants a system where the judge makes sure all the defendant's go to prison (which is currently the case in Skeen's court) we might as well do away with trials. We could save all that money. Just send everyone the police decide to arrest straight to prison. Isn't that the type of system you would advocate for,Law and Order?

I'm sure Law and Order believes in the constitution as long as it is his or her rights we are talking about. He or she just doesn't believe in protecting the constitutional rights of others. And we wonder why we are losing our constitutional rights in this country!
Disgusted again

Delray Beach, FL

#6 Jan 5, 2010
Additionally, regarding the Mineola/Patrick Kelly case. I'm not a defense attorney and I don't know any of the defendants in the case. I have investigated hundreds of child abuse cases. I didn't pay attention to the first 2 trials but I began to pay attention to Kelly's trial. I immediately saw major red flags in the way the investigation was conducted. This investigation was conducted so far outside the bounds of established protocols that the results were simply not credible. Knowing how Bingham's office works of course made me even more suspicious. Throw in the fact that Wood County had investigated and found nothing. The more I read and learned about the case the worse it smelled. I eventually became convinced these people are innocent of this crime. If you look at the way Kelly's trial was conducted it is clear he was convicted on rumor, hearsay, and the testimony of a Texas Ranger who, it has now been proven, committed perjury. If the trial had been conducted fairly, by an honest and unbiased judge I don't think Kelly would have been convicted. Unfortunately, Skeen doesn't appear to be capable of providing anyone with a fair trial. He seems to have an almost pathological need to make sure the prosecution wins.
Disgusted again

Delray Beach, FL

#7 Jan 5, 2010
One more thing. The Kelly case is before the 14 circuit court of appeals and oral arguments will be heard at some point. There is no way this conviction will hold up on appeal. I bet Skeen is hoping this decision doesn't come down before the election. It is going to make Skeen and Bingham both look very bad.
One Who Knows

Tyler, TX

#8 Feb 11, 2010
I agree with Disgusted. No one gets a fair trial ion Skeen's courtroom. Anyone would be better than him for a judge. There is no justice in his court-- only convictions.
Disgusted

Tacoma, WA

#9 Jun 17, 2010
It appears that the 14th Court of Appeals have now confirmed what I said about Skeen.
The Innocent

Humble, TX

#10 Aug 24, 2010
I agree with Disgusted also....No one gets a fair trial n Skeen's courtroom.
Corruption

Kansas City, MO

#11 Sep 12, 2010
It doesnt go to say that the Juvenile judge is just as faulty as his best friend Judge Skeen.. Who pass around children for the taking.. I dont believe Judge Getz should be in office, especially over children. What judge do you know that handles kids cases need to come to work with security, and weapon on his hip? He knows he is doing dirt. But dirt for dirt will surely come back and bite you in the butt.. What will happen when his children or his childrens children meet the faith of what he does to kids... Good luck Judge Getz on your wicked ways, office sitting right across from the DA office. Making deals on children to be adults, just to have a warm body in your county jail to make money. You might as well work for an abortion clinic, cause you will find away to dismember children..
smith county

Tyler, TX

#12 Nov 22, 2010
Texas inmate, 1579687, was sentenced by SKEEN and it is truly an injustice.I hope and pray Mr.Skeen will look at the sentence he handed down to this inmate and help right the wrong.This is one of those cases were things look worse than they really are.
JME

Benton, AR

#13 Nov 24, 2010
Unfortunately, Smith County, Skeen lacks a conscience and will never admit he was wrong. This is the man who knowingly allowed an innocent man to sit on death row for 22 years while helping to keep a man who committed a brutal rape and murder free. The man is now out of prison but still carries a conviction for a murder that Skeen knows he didn't commit. Skeen hasn't seen fit to right that wrong. The only thing Skeen cares about his keeping his power and he will do anything to do that.
JME

Benton, AR

#14 Nov 24, 2010
smith county,

Did this guy have a court appointed attorney who told him to plead guilty and let Skeen set the sentence? I'm asking because that seems to be common in his court and needs to be investigated. Skeen has these "contract" attorneys to represent indigent defendants. It seems they tell their clients to plead guilty and let Skeen set the sentence. This is legal malpractice because they know Skeen is going to give them a harsh sentence. They have the right to have their sentence set by a jury even if they plead guilty. Given a choice between Skeen setting the sentene or having a jury do it, it's a no brainer. Even though Smith County juries tend to be tough, you probably can't be any worse off with a jury than having Skeen set the sentence. Because of this "arrangment" with these defense attorneys, the DA's office know they don't have to offer plea agreements to most defendant's in Skeen's court. If this is what happened, you need to file a complaint with both the state bar on the defense attorney and with the judicial conduct commission on Skeen. This situation needs to be investigated.
Ava McCarley

Nacogdoches, TX

#15 Feb 9, 2011
Judge jack Skeen sentenced my friend to 67 years in prison for drugs. He never offered him any kind of drug rehab or anything. Judge Jack Skeen inflicts very harsh punishments. Jack Skeen needs to be investigated on a lot of his cases. Who keeps re electing this Judge of hate. There is no law and order in Smith County. Judge Jack Skeen runs a corrupt court!
THE JUROR

AOL

#16 May 23, 2011
JUDGE SKEEN HAD A CHOICE,! RELEASE ALL DEFENDANTS, DROP ALL CHARGES. THIS WOULD ALLOW THE REAL TRUTH TO COME OUT IN THE MULTI- MILLION DOLLAR LAW SUITS AGAINST SMITH COUNTY JUSTICE SYSTEM!
JACK SKEEN AND MANY IN THE DA'S OFFICE WOULD BE ARRESTED BY TEXAS RANGERS, ALL WOULD LOOSE THEIR JOB AND BE IN PRISON WITH HUNDREDS THAT THEY PUT THERE! IT WOULD COST SMITH COUNTY TAX PAYERS, MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR THE EMBARRASSING NATION WIDE NEWS CENTERED IN TYLER!
"SMITH COUNTY JUSTICE 2" JUSTICE SYSTEM CORRUPTION AGAIN IN TYLER TEXAS"
"DA'S OFFICE CHARGED AND CONVICTED OF EVIDENCE TAMPERING"
"DA'S OFFICE CONVICTED OF PURJURY IN TRIALS AGAINST 6 INNOCENT DEFENDANTS,
" JUDGE CONVICTED OF IMPROPER HANDLING OF COURT CASES KNOWING EVIDENCE BEING WITHHELD FROM DEFENSE ATTORNIES!"
" FAILURE TO DROP CASES WHEN EVIDENCE SURFACED OF CORRUPTION IN THE DA'S OFFICE IN MISSHANDLEING AND FALSELY ARRESTING AND TAMPERING WITH JURY CONVICTION OF INNOCENT SMITH COUNTY CITIZENS AFTER WOOD COUNTY FOUND NO WRONG DOING IN AN INCEDENT WITH SUPPOSSEDLY TOOK PLACE IN ANOTHER COUNTY, WOOD COUNTY GRAND JURY FOUND NON OF THE EVIDENCE THAT SMITH COUNTY OFFICIALS SAID THEY HAD FOUND!"
'HOLDING DEFENDANTS HOSTAGE FOR A PLEA DEAL TO BE RELEASED ONLY IF THEY AGREED TO A GUILTY PLEA EVEN THOUGH ALL WERE INNOCENT OF THE MANIPULATED CHARGES BROUGHT AGAINST THEM! CAN YOU SPELL " OFFICIALS CREDIBILTY GUESTIONED IN THOUSANDS OF OTHER CASES HELD IN JUDGE JACK SKEEN JR."S COURT ROOM"
" 6 SMITH COUNTY RESIDENTS FALSELY ACCUSED AND SENTENCE TO LIFE IN PRISON BY MANIPULATED EVIDENCE BY THE COURT OF THE "HONERABLE" JUDGE JACK SKEEN"
SMITH COUNTY RESIDENTS APPALLED AT NEW FACTS OF CORRUPTION BROUGHT OUT IN CHARGES AGAINST COUNTY OFFICIALS! MANY CITIZENS NOT SURPRISED! IT IS A KNOWN FACT OF SMITH COUNTY RESIDENTS, OFFICIALS BENDING THE LAWS TO BENIFIT THOSE IN POWER, JUSTICE IS NOT A PRIORITY, CONVICTION NUMBERS FOR THE DA'S OFFICE FOR ADVANCEMENT AND POLITICAL FAVORES!
CAN YOU SAY " SOMETHING STINKS IN SMITH COUNTY"
"MAY THESE OFFENDERS BE JUDGED WITH THE SAME FAIRNESS THEY JUDGED OTHERS BY!"
'GOD WILL BE THEIR FINAL JUDGE" IN GOD WE TRUST!
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN BLAMED FOR SOMETHING YOU DID, SOMETHING YOU DIDNOT DO? LET THE FACTS SPEAK, ALL THE FACTS!!!!!!!!!!
A VOTER WHO IS VERY CONC

United States

#17 Aug 24, 2011
ELECTION IS COMING UP IN 2012 FOR A NEW SHERIFF, A NEW DA, AND SOME NEW JUDGES.
WE CN MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR SMITH COUNTY 2012..LETS ALL START CAMPAIGNING NOW FOR CHANGE, LET'S PUT THE OFFENDERS OUT OF OFFICE AND REPLACE THEM WITH HONORABLE, RELIABLE PUBLIC SERVANTS WHO BELIEVE IN LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.
WARNING NOW DA AND SHERIFF -------ELECTIONS ARE COMING.
VOTERS GET READY.GO AND VOTE. I CHALLANGE EACH AND EVER CITIZEN TO SHOW UP AT THE POLLS AND VOTE 2012.....REPLACE OBAMA WITH PERRY
athens texas

Scurry, TX

#19 Oct 11, 2011
May seem foolish, but I still believe in justice and the American Constitution! I know from personal experience how absolutely corrupt Matt Bingham and Jack Skeen are. They have no qualms about manipulting the court system for their "conviction rates". I truly pray that in the upcoming elections, the people of Smith County will vote and make their voices heard to replace these embarrassing examples of "law". If anyone knows of anything I can do, pls let me know. I will go door-to-door to campaign, whatever. Also, why has the Tyler paper not gotten involved in all of this? Is there some tie to these miscreants that we don't know about? It is not as though this is something new. We have all heard the horror stories for years.
occupytyler

Mesquite, TX

#20 Nov 16, 2011
jack ass skeen jr IS A REAL BITCH i hope he grows huge bitch tits! When your in his court he acts so righteous, Ive seen meth addicts get off on probation for saying "oh im sorry i just want to work and take care of my child" or when people are given "light penalties" for child abuse. However if its something minor like marijuana hell give the max sentence and he does have contracts with attorneys. Even his buddy quit on him while doing the child abuse case. thats a fact. Im putting voodoo on him just like lemmert... This thanksgiving my boy this thanksgiving...
occupytyler

Mesquite, TX

#21 Nov 16, 2011
Just to point out The largest weapons cache; ever in USA history, of NAZI's was found in noonday. The guy got 10 years. Basically all this people in tyler claim to be righteous and against illegal acts but they more than any one go unpunished for breaking the law.That is why I hate Tyler. And its funny to me that all the kids there are drug addicts I guess its hard to deal with a life of being whitewashed

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