State Integrity news for Texas from SII partner KERA:
The State Integrity Investigation on government corruption gives Texas an average grade of C for holding judges accountable. But some citizens and lawmakers who’ve tested the system say that grade is far too high.
As part of a series of reports -- "Texas Judges: “Out of Order” -- KERA found that the public can access little information about misconduct complaints against judges. The Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct, the agency that investigates and disciplines judges, is not subject to the Texas Public Information Act.
And even when citizens file complaints about a judge misbehaving in the courtroom, the complaints sometimes cannot be investigated because no record exists of the proceedings in many Texas courts.
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