Texas Judge Accused of Texting From Bench to Help Prosecution


A former Texas prosecutor confessed to helping a judge who is accused of texting clandestine messages from the bench to bolster the prosecution’s case during a criminal trial last year, the Houston Chronicle reports. Such communication by Polk County Judge Elizabeth Coker was a violation of judicial impartiality required during court proceedings, said the former Polk County Assistant District Attorney Kaycee Jones. Jones has since been elected as a state district judge.

A photocopy of Coker’s text message detailing a line of witness questioning that would aid prosecutors were outlined in a letter Jones sent to the Texas Bar Association’s disciplinary counsel, which is investigating the incident. Jones wrote, “I deeply regret that I acted in this manner. It was wrong and I knew better.”

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