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Disgraced Texas Judge Runs For County Prosecutor

by Jean Ann Esselink on December 18, 2013

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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.”

kaycee jonesProsecutor Kaycee Jones (left) who went on to become a judge, (sworn in by Judge Coker) acknowledged her part in the texting episode, but was not disciplined.

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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{ 7 comments }

trmartin2486 December 19, 2013 at 12:55 pm

You should re-examine the story. First, Kaycee Jones was not the Prosecutor in the trial in which Mrs. Coker was presiding over when the texting took place. Mrs. Jones was simply an observer in the courtroom and another of the Assistant District Attorney's were trying the case. Your reporting is inaccurate. Second, you point out that Mrs. Coker swore in Ms. Jones in an attempt to lead the reader to believe that perhaps there was some sort of conspiracy here. You failed to state that District Judges are elected by the people of the District in which they serve. Ms. Jones was elected by the constituents to serve as a Judge and who swore her in is completely irrelevant. Get your story correct. Thank You.

russellsvocation December 22, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Wow, everything is wrong, according to you and yet… she is out of a job. Imagine that!

Heyim1also December 22, 2013 at 8:21 pm

She is a republican…she can't be trusted. I'd hate to have her nerve in my tooth.

russellsvocation December 22, 2013 at 9:14 pm

I say, let her run. Anthony Wiener was disgraced in New York and he ran and the voters spanked his wiener for him.
And if she wins… well, the voters will have no one to blame but themselves.

atunionbob December 23, 2013 at 1:23 am

Why not run…hell the Republicans have elected a car thief and arsonist to the Senate after he was convicted. ( Issa) so why not a crooked judge who will just go on the take to the rich bastards who can pay her to get them off. What else is new with the Republicans?

kajunteddy December 23, 2013 at 10:21 am

>It sure wouldnt surprise me. Polk county is one of the poorest, most uneducated of the Texas counties. Of course they'll re-elect her. A cooked county prosecutor? Well, of course!

SimonFieno December 24, 2013 at 12:28 pm

And why didn't she get jail for corruption?

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