Justin Carter’s Judge Has a Record

by Charles C. W. Cooke

It looks as if the District Judge in the Justin Carter case has a history of overreaction. According to the American Statesman, in a story from February, 2011:

The State Commission on Judicial Conduct has issued a private reprimand to District Judge Jack Robison for improperly jailing a Caldwell County grandfather after a restroom confrontation in 2009.

The reprimand, the commission’s harshest form of rebuke, said Robison “exceeded the scope of his authority and failed to comply with the law” by jailing Don Bandelman for contempt of court without a hearing or advance notice of the charge.

The incident began when Bandelman, angered by a ruling in a child custody case involving his granddaughter, rushed into a public restroom in the Lockhart courthouse to call Robison a fool.

Robison responded by directing bailiffs to arrest Bandelman and ordered him jailed for 30 days. Bandelman, then 69, was released two days later, after the 3rd Court of Appeals asked Robison to explain his contempt ruling.

The rest here.

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