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Criminal complaint filed against Judge Sharon Keller
Tuesday, Mar 31, 2009, 04:28PM CST
By Matt Pulle
Texans for Public Justice, an Austin-based advocacy group that tracks the influence of money on state officials, has filed criminal and civil complaints against Sharon Keller, the presiding judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals whose job is already in jeopardy.

On Monday, the Dallas Morning News' Steve McGonigle broke the news that the 15-year-incumbent somehow forgot to disclose nearly $2 million in real estate holdings. The paper's scoop comes after Keller claimed that she couldn't afford to fight charges brought by the state Commission on Judicial Conduct. Earlier this year, the commission ordered a public hearing into the judge's conduct after after she refused to extend the court's 5 p.m. closing time to allow the lawyers of a condemned inmate a chance to file their plea.

"Keller is either unable or unwilling to fulfill the job responsibilities given to her by voters," says Craig McDonald, the director of Texans for Public Justice. "She should consider removing herself from public service."
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