A Dallas County judge received harsh sanctions from the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.
Judge Etta Mullin, who is up for re-election, presides over County Criminal Court 10, which handles misdemeanors and focuses on domestic violence. According to the Dallas Morning News, the commission wrote a public reprimand of Mullin last week.
They stated that they see her treatment of people and management of cases to be below that of the standard required of judges.
The state’s judicial conduct commission documents judges’ violations in public record. However, they do not have the authority to remove a judge.
Janis Holt, the commission’s vice chairwoman, wrote, “The Commission has taken this action pursuant to the authority conferred it… in a continuing effort to promote confidence in and high standards for the judiciary.”
The Commission reviewed complaints from three cases between the years of 2019 and 2021, from which they determined she deserved the highest form of sanctions. Mullin also gave her testimony during the review.
The Commission had reprimanded Mullin back in 2015 for similar conduct. The complaints she received after were from the Timothy Zorka case, the Raymond Greer case, and the Matthew Phillips case. The issues seen in each of these cases, plus the 2015 findings are what pushed the Commission to issue Mullin the harshest sanctions.
ARTICLE: JILLIAN WEIDNER
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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