I think this Judge should have been a Supreme Court Judge...

I think this Judge should have been a Supreme Court Judge...

Judge: Would still close before death-row appeal
– Judge Sharon Keller waits for her trial to begin at the Bexar County Courthouse in San Antonio, Monday, … .By PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press Writer Paul J. Weber, Associated Press Writer – 3 mins ago
SAN ANTONIO –
A Texas judge who closed her court before a death row inmate's last-minute appeal was complete testified in her misconduct trial Wednesday that she would do the same thing again.

Judge Sharon Keller, whose career is on the line with this misconduct trial, was asked whether she would take the same action if she got the same phone call again under identical circumstances.

She said, "Yes, that is correct."

Lawyers for convicted killer Michael Wayne Richard had asked for more time to file an appeal on the day of his execution. They sought a reprieve based on a Supreme Court decision that morning to review whether Kentucky's means of lethal injection was constitutional.

Keller received a phone call at 4:45 p.m. asking to keep the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals open past 5 p.m. She said no twice in the conversation, which lasted less than two minutes.

Richard, twice convicted of the 1986 rape and slaying of a Houston-area nurse and mother of seven, was executed at 8:23 p.m. that day. He was the last Texas inmate to be executed until the Supreme Court reaffirmed months later that lethal injection was acceptable.

Keller is facing five counts of judicial misconduct that could lead to her removal from the bench. She says Richard was not refused a final appeal because his attorneys could have filed directly with a judge on the nine-member court after-hours.

"You declined to allow any grace period?" asked Mike McKetta, the prosecuting lawyer for the state Commission on Judicial Conduct.

"I declined to keep the clerk's office open past closing time," Keller responded.

Keller said earlier Wednesday that there was no legitimate reason to keep the court open because his attorneys had "all day" to file and also had other options.

Richard's sister and two other family members shook their head at times while listening to Keller, the presiding judge of the state's highest criminal appeals court, testify for the second day. Her testimony ended Wednesday afternoon.

On the morning of Richard's scheduled lethal injection, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review a case that challenged whether a three-drug combination Kentucky used in executions was constitutional. Lawyers for Richard, who had had numerous earlier appeals denied, sought a reprieve based on that because Texas uses a similar lethal cocktail.

Keller said she knew about the move by the Supreme Court on Richard's execution day. Asked if she held a general view that last-minute pleadings in death-row cases are often less substantial, she agreed.

"They do tend to be voluminous and meritless," Keller said.

Richard's never-filed appeal provoked a nationwide outcry against Keller, nicknamed "Sharon Killer" among critics for her tough-on-crime reputation. Lawyers filed complaints to the state and one state lawmaker tried to have Keller impeached.

She is the highest-ranking judge in Texas ever put on trial by the state Commission on Judicial Conduct.

Keller will not face a ruling at the end of the trial. Instead, a state district judge presiding over the hearing will submit a report to the state's judicial conduct commission, which will have the choice to dismiss the charges, issue a censure or recommend her removal from the bench.

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4 years 48 weeks ago, 5:13 PM

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not that it matters

But does anyone know what this ass hat did to get to death row in the 1st place? Chances are... she was trying to save the tax payers some money.. and rightfully so. The united faggotry of america? WTF is wrong with our country.. Sam I thought u were gonna head up the revolution... Ive been waiting (collecting ammo) for the email. lol

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4 years 48 weeks ago, 6:06 PM

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Lawyers for convicted killer Michael Wayne Richard. Richard, twice convicted of the 1986 rape and slaying of a Houston-area nurse and mother of seven.
I can't understand why they would want to put him to death sounds like a boy scout to me.
This is what is wrong with our court system. A judge actually does the right thing and she becomes the monster. a short rope and tall tree would have ended this alot quicker. The lawyers were waiting on the U.S. Supreme Court to review a case that challenged whether a three-drug combination used in executions was constitutional means of lethal injection. Gee I wonder how his rape victim and her family felt.

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4 years 48 weeks ago, 6:46 PM

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Don't hurt the trees

Each court house should have a big white concrete wall behind it. If you are convicted of a capital crime, you are taken out back and shot in the back of the head. leave the blood stains on the wall as a true deterrent.

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3 years 49 weeks ago, 5:23 PM

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Each court house should have a big white concrete wall behind it.
Yes, I agree. Exicution should be advertised a week in adavance!! Venders with, popcorn, cotton candy, beer_____aaannd hotdogs with lots of catsup!!
If a family member wants to "MAN" a rifle, Let um!! Now that would Be CLOSIURE!!!
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3 years 49 weeks ago, 5:57 PM

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i agree as well

if you kill you killed in the same manner.
if you rape you should be chain raped then tatooed across your face so everyone knows.
as for the petty crimes drugs should get a slap on the wrist save tax payers some money might as well be legal cause all its doing is putting this country in more debt.
assault, robbery and what not i think i IRA have the right idea just knee cap them theyll learn. if not to the wall. prison is no rehab its a learning center.

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