Texas House considers impeachment proceedings against judge

Although it is in a Second Special Session dominated by talk about abortion, Texas’ House may be shifting its focus towards judicial impeachment.

HR 106B, filed on July 16, seeks to suspend from office and impeach Judge Elizabeth Coker a District Judge in Houston (Harris County) Polk County (updated 8/19/13).

The impeachment accusations, as well as those currently being investigated by the state’s Commission on Judicial Conduct, alleged that Judge Coker  coached prosecutors from the bench during a criminal trial in August 2012. This article from KPRC Houston gives details. The prosecutor, who is now a judge, confirmed that Coker sent her texts during the trial suggesting lines of questioning the prosecutor should take.

The three operative clauses of HR 106B read as follows:

RESOLVED, That the Texas House of Representatives impeach Judge Elizabeth Coker, Judge of the 258th Judicial District; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That in accordance with Section 5, Article XV, Texas Constitution, Judge Elizabeth Coker, Judge of the 258th Judicial District, be suspended from the exercise of the duties of her office during the pendency of her impeachment, and that the governor may make a provisional appointment to fill the vacancy occasioned by the suspension of Judge Coker until the conclusion of her trial by the Senate on the impeachment charges; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas Legislature conduct an investigation under Section 1, Article XV, Texas Constitution, and Chapter 665, Government Code, prepare appropriate articles of impeachment against Judge Elizabeth Coker, Judge of the 258th Judicial District, and consider those articles for presentment to the Texas Senate.

4 thoughts on “Texas House considers impeachment proceedings against judge”

  1. Judge Coker is not in Harris County, and it seems odd that that a member of the Texas House of Representatives out of Houston would file such a request.

    Judge Coker is a tough but fair judge and she cares about the people she serves.

  2. Judge coker has also ruined my fam­i­lies life. She sen­tenced my 37 year old brother 99 years for allegedly sex­u­ally abus­ing his own daugh­ter. There was no evi­dence pre­sented that he com­mit­ted this crime that he was accused of and the exam­iner that exam­ined the child stated in court that the child had not been touched. But yet her and Lee Hon can ruin someone’s life behind false accu­sa­tions. On top of that the whole court pro­ceed­ings were uneth­i­cal. For instance all dur­ing the trial there were jokes and laugh­ter going on from Coker as well as the dis­trict attor­ney (Lee Hon). Another thing that took place that I was uncer­tain about was the fact that my brother asked for another attor­ney instead of the present court appointed lawyer and she told my par­ents that the only way that he could change lawyers is if a new lawyer is present before the trial the next day. I don’t give credit to Karma, I give all credit to God because he said in his word that “you will reap what you sow.” In my opin­ion Coker was able to get off easy but her judge­ment day is com­ing and she will have to answer to the almighty God for all of the many lives in Polk County, San Jac­into County, Trin­ity County, and other coun­ties that she have destroyed behind her coruptness!!!

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