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The Collin County Observer has learned that District Judge Greg Brewer of the 366th District Court has sent a letter of resignation to Governor Rick Perry and County Judge Keith Self.
Sources at the courthouse have confirmed that Judge Brewer, who has served on the bench since 2007 resigned yesterday, effective September 1st, 2009. According to county officials, Judge Brewer gave no reason for his resignation in his letter to Perry.
The Collin County Observer is attempting to get a copy of Judge Brewer's letter, and we will post it here.
For more than a year now the Observer has been working to substantiate rumors of a pending judicial ethics investigation involving Judge Brewer. It is not known whether his resignation is related to these rumored allegations.
Judicial ethics violations are investigated by the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct. The commission's investigations are secret, unless and until public sanctions are imposed.
That is what happens when people have
agendas and no facts to report.
The real question is why the Dallas Morning News is not reporting on this.
Moreover, we shall see the truth come to light soon in Judge Brewer's instance.
Why was Charles Sandoval not investigated for ethics issues?
These are not rumors. Sandoval was bounced by the voters because of improper behavior which Henderson has kept quiet to protect the image of the courts. Sandoval now has an ill-gotten pension. Now we are supposed to do the same for Brewer. This is nonsense. If the courts want a clean image, they have to become clean publically.
Sounds like the Soviet Union to me.
What ever happened to
"Innocent until proven guilty"
Oh that is soooo... yesterday, now we have blogs and don't need facts.
shame, shame, shame
It's not fair to suggest that he is responsible for, or responsible for covering up, any of the misdeeds of his colleagues.
Unless you have evidence or specific testimony, I would encourage you to refrain making such allegations.
Further, Sandoval was on the bench for a long time. Brewer served on the county court at law bench for 4 years (I think), and has only been on the district court bench (a/k/a a state employee) for 3 years - far less than needed to receive a pension.
I must take exception to your defense of Henderson. He was on the bench for a very long time and had a great deal of practical authority. He could have spoken out at the Board of Judges or spoken with the local leaders such as Shapiro. This is what is often done in other counties. He asked for a position of leadership, was given it, but did not perform. If Henderson was still the LAJ, Sandoval would be a visiting judge and Brewer would not have resigned.
Since bloggers speak ill of him, he should be executed, drawn, quartered, and his head hung on the town square. His off-spring should have their DNA corrected to remove his seed from future generations.
He is guilty until he proves his innocence.
Let's focus on the future of Collin County and Brewer's replacement.
As always, One Judge at a Time.
Ya know, there's just something fishy about the sudden and unexpected (although perhaps entirely forseeable) resignations of public officials.
There are plenty of rumors circulating about the reasons for Judge Brewer's resignation, the sexiest of which concerns the alleged fixin' by Judge Brewer of a wealthy campaign contributor's DWI arrest in an adjoining county. I'm not sure whether, IF true (emphasis intended), the rumored conduct of Judge Brewer constitutes "judicial misconduct" (see pg. 8 of this link: http://www.scjc.state.tx.us/pdf/rpts/AR-FY07.pdf). Nevertheless, the exertion of influence in County "A" from the bench in County "B" sure seems to me like some kind of misconduct, however characterized.
I'm no judicial ethics expert, and really don't know whether Judge Brewer is even allowed to comment on the existence of any pending investigation by the Texas Judicial Ethics Commission. But if Judge Brewer is legally allowed to confirm or deny the existence of any such investigation (past or present) and continues to say nothing about it, then I will remain free to SUSPECT that Judge Brewer's return to the private sector was not entirely voluntary, and that the parachute he grabbed after being pushed out of the plane was handed to him by a grateful benefactor.
Article V, Section 1-a(10) of the Texas Constitution:
"All papers filed with and proceedings before the Commission or a Master shall be confidential, unless otherwise provided by law, and the filing of papers with, and the giving of testimony before the Commission or a Master shall be privileged, unless otherwise provided by law. However, the Commission may issue a public statement through its executive director or its Chairman at any time during any of its proceedings under this Section when sources other than the Commission cause notoriety concerning a Judge or the Commission itself and the Commission determines that the best interests of a Judge or of the public will be served by issuing the statement."
Texas Government Code Sec. 33.032 ("CONFIDENTIALITY OF PAPERS, RECORDS, AND PROCEEDINGS"):
(a) Except as otherwise provided by this section and Section 33.034, the papers filed with and proceedings before the commission are confidential prior to the filing of formal charges.
(b) The formal hearing and any evidence introduced during the formal hearing, including papers, records, documents, and pleadings filed with the clerk, shall be public.
(c) On issuance of a public admonition, warning, reprimand, or public requirement that a person obtain additional training or education by the commission, the record of the informal appearance and the documents presented to the commission during the informal appearance that are not protected by attorney-client or work product privilege shall be public.
(d) The disciplinary record of a judge, including any private sanctions, is admissible in a subsequent proceeding before the commission, a special master, a special court of review, or a review tribunal.
(e) On the filing of a written request by a judge, the commission may release to the person designated in the request, including the judge, the number, nature, and disposition of a complaint filed against the judge with the commission, except that the commission may refuse to release the identity of a complainant.
(f) The commission may release to the Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel of the State Bar of Texas information indicating that an attorney, including a judge who is acting in the judge's capacity as an attorney, has violated the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct.
(g) If the commission issues an order suspending a judge who has been indicted for a criminal offense, the order, any withdrawal of the order, and all records and proceedings related to the suspension shall be public.
(h) A voluntary agreement to resign from judicial office in lieu of disciplinary action by the commission shall be public on the commission's acceptance of the agreement. The agreement and any agreed statement of facts relating to the agreement are admissible in a subsequent proceeding before the commission. An agreed statement of facts may be released to the public only if the judge violates a term of the agreement."
A far as Judge Brewer - I understand he is going to go into private practice. I do not agree with everything he has done in his rulings from th bench and have only heard rumors of ethics violations - BUT - he is a good judge and will hold the DA's feet to the fire when it is appropriate. He will be missed by most of the lawyers of Collin County.
I suggest that you go away quietly.
If you chose to continue with your blogs I WILL out you. Your intent is to stir up trouble within the Collin County Courts.
LET THE CLOSET DOORS SWING OPEN! LOL.
Unfortunately, Governor Perry is not likely to seek or appoint a bi-partisan candidate.
Not in Collin County.
One could say that Judge Brewer makes up his own rules, determines the outcome of a motion or verdict based on his personal feelings without ever hearing or seeing evidence presented. Speaks out of one side of his mouth and says he will not give “legal advice” then instructs with the other side of his mouth to opposing counsel to implement a legal action. Does that constitute judicial misconduct and abuse of power? Yes, we have rules, regulations, laws and procedures all put into place for JUSTICE. If we wanted our fate to be put into the hands of a man and his feelings then we would have to rely on what day of the week we were placed before him, what he had for breakfast that morning and how his home life was the night before and pray when it came to him making a decision that he would be in a good mood and not have pre-determined opinions. This man made decisions that could and would devastate lives. I for one am grateful he will no longer be on the bench and pray he does not ever return.
The only lawyers that will miss him in that county are the ones that will now have to win cases based on real and lawful information presented and instead of relying on politics.
Really now, why do you think a man at the infancy of his career , on track to higher positions with lots of accolades very recently being placed for the Hood case would abruptly walk away? Hard to imagine that being legal counsel at some company was his golden opportunity. Don't know what he's being accused of and don't really care but something stinks.
I hope and pray that the PANDORA'S BOX HAS OPENED on the CORRUPTION IN COLLIN COUNTY which is EQUIVALENT to ORGANIZED CRIME...
FILE GRIEVANCEs WITH THE STATE BAR and STATE COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL CONDUCT....I have opened their eyes to what is going on in CROOKED COLLIN COUNTY. Let's unite and FILE GRIEVANCES....judges need to abide by the CODES OF JUDICIAL CONDUCT....CITIZENS should no longer tolerate misconduct by COLLIN COUNTY ATTORNEYS amd JUDGES.
THEY HAVE MADE a MOCKERY OF JUSTICE for FAR TOO LONG at our expense . The judges have made a lucrative game of fixing cases and criminalizing Poverty.
What are the addresses? I would like to file my grievance.
THE OFFICE OF CHIEF DISCIPLINARY COUNSEL
The Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel
P.O. Box 13287
Austin, Texas 78711
To file a complaint against a judge:
State Commission on Judicial Conduct
PO Box 12265 Austin
Tel. (512) 463-5533
Toll Free: (877) 228-5750
-I heard a rumor that Judge Brewer had made a horrible decision in a family law case - some poor schoolteacher lost her kids and her house because she had a belly button piercing, and had to pay child support to her ex-husband who made four times what she makes. Incrdible! So, I went to the District Clerk's office and looked up the case. As might be expected, the facts were a little different than the rumors. The judge followed the recommendations of the social study, which was conducted by a very well-respected expert. The mother had been spending the night at her boyfriend's house, with the kids, which was very confusing to the children - especially since they knew the divorce was not final. The judge ordered standard child support - which, if the genders were reversed, would not have been questioned. The mom's navel piercing never came up.
2) Judge Brewer and his wife are actual people, with three sons who attend elementary school with my children. No matter what Greg did or didn't do, please stop and think that this is someone's dad you are talking about. Rumors and gossip are hurtful and destructive. If you have action to take, take it - file a complaint. But don't go posting what you don't know is fact on some blog on the internet. It's cowardly.
Please cool down the rhetoric.
Good Luck Mr. Brewer..
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