Texas judge accused of misconduct for closing court ahead of death-row appeal takes stand

Texas judge on trial over death-row case on stand

SAN ANTONIO — A Texas judge on trial for misconduct says denying a request to keep her court open late didn’t amount to any decision on her part about a death-row inmate scheduled to be executed that night.

Judge Sharon Keller, the presiding judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, testified Tuesday that she got a call shortly before court closed about an appeal that was running late.

Keller said she knew it concerned that night’s execution but that no explanation was given. She denied being told of problems that were delaying an appeal from convicted killer Michael Wayne Richard (ruh-SHARD’).

Keller is accused of denying Richard the right to file an appeal. She faces five charges of judicial misconduct and could be removed from the bench.

Keller is scheduled to continue testifying Wednesday.

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A Texas judge on trial for misconduct says denying a request to keep her court open late didn’t amount to any decision on her part about a death-row inmate scheduled to be executed that night.

Judge Sharon Keller, the presiding judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, testified Thursday that she got a call shortly before court closed about an appeal that was running late.

Keller said she knew it concerned that night’s execution but that no explanation was given. She denied being told of problems that were delaying an appeal from convicted killer Michael Wayne Richard (ruh-SHARD’).

Keller is accused of denying Richard the right to file an appeal. She faces five charges of judicial misconduct and could be removed from the bench.

Keller is scheduled to continue testifying Wednesday.

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