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Today’s pick-a-punishment for misbehaving Justice Court judges…

Here’s the statement of facts, in full:

In September 2007, Judge Bustin executed a felony arrest warrant for David C. Lema, charging him with kidnapping his own child. The warrant was based upon an affidavit filed by Lema’s ex-wife, who claimed primary physical custody of the child. Judge Bustin, who is a licensed attorney, […]

Justice Court Judge announces to public: Don’t depend on the legal system, take the law into your own hands.

At a sentencing hearing in a case where a member of his family was an alleged victim, Justice Court Judge Jimmy McGee had this to say:

I could assure you that if anything like this ever happened to anybody that I know, my advice to them would be do not use the court, handle […]