Last October, The New Civil Rights Movement reported on Polk County judge Elizabeth Coker’s forced resignation from the bench, after an investigation for corruption by the Texas Department of Judicial Review.
Judge Coker, who is a third generation Texas jurist, was caught texting suggested questions to Kaycee Jones, the prosecutor in a trial she was presiding over, trying to help Jones secure a conviction.
Faced with removal, Judge Coker signed an “Agreement To Resign From Judicial Office In Lieu Of Disciplinary Action”, promising never to seek another position as judge. Coker took a two month leave of absence before officially stepping down December 6.
From the agreement:
“Judge Coker allegedly engaged in other improper ex parte communications and meetings with Jones, other members or the Polk County District Attorney’s Office, the San Jacinto County District Attorney, and certain defense attorneys regarding various cases pending in her court; Judge Coker allegedly exhibited a bias in favor of certain attorneys and a prejudice against others in both her judicial rulings and her court appointments: and .Judge Coker allegedly met with jurors in an inappropriate manner, outside the presence of counsel, while the jurors were deliberating in one or more criminal trials.”
Now, Ms. Coker has apparently decided she has done enough penance, and has filed as a candidate for Polk County Criminal District Attorney. In her announcement, Ms. Coker proudly advertised that she served “as a district judge for almost fifteen years” but forgot to mention the reason why she is no longer on the bench. Her announcement takes on a “Through the Looking Glass” quality when she proudly states she has “seen firsthand the need for improvement in the District Attorney’s office.”
I have seen the problem and it was me?
Coker is running in the Republican Primary, which will be held on March 4.
Photo Elizabeth Coker Baylor Alumnus Assn.
Photo Kaycee Jones Facebook
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