Thursday, March 9, 2017

Texas JP Could Be Removed From Office


A visiting district judge will hear motions Thursday concerning an effort to have a Killeen justice of the peace removed from office.

Judge Stephen Ables, of the 216th District Court in Kerr County, will hear arguments beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the 169th District Court after that judge recused himself from a lawsuit filed in an attempt to have Judge Claudia Brown from her elected office.

Local attorney Brett Pritchard filed the motion charging Brown with setting unconstitutional bonds after taking office — one of which made news nationwide when she set a $4 billion bond on a Killeen murder suspect.

His bond later was reduced to $150,000.

Pritchard’s petition, filed February 15, says Brown is “grossly incompetent,” and through her incompetence has engaged in official misconduct.”

Brown has denied any wrongdoing but she has said she knows the bond she set for Antonio Willis was unconstitutional.

"I set it as high as I could to illustrate the fact that it's ridiculous how we are railroading people without them even having their constitutional rights to a fair trial to determine if they are guilty or innocent," Brown told the reporter. "Everything in the system is broken."

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Source: KWTX

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