Monday, October 8, 2012

Sharon Keller: "We close at 5.00" comment comes back to haunt her; Dallas Morning news. (What time do the polls close? HL);

STORY: Hampton for Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, published by the Dallas Morning News on October 7, 2012.

GIST: "The stakes are higher this year. The post now in question is held by a person who has brought embarrassment to the court. Presiding Judge Sharon Keller made herself and the state caricatures of indifference to justice, on more than one occasion, not just her infamous “we close at 5” comment that closed off a last-minute execution appeal. Voters have the chance to cleanse the court of a stain, and they should.........Keller, 59, was first elected to the court in 1994, pledging to be “pro-prosecution,” a chilling concept as we look at it in retrospect.
In 1998, she sided with a court majority that denied a retrial to a man serving 99 years for the rape-murder of a 16-year-old girl. DNA tests determined that semen on the victim was not Roy Criner’s, but Keller’s opinion speculated that he might have raped her with a condom. Fellow GOP Judge Tom Price said that made the court a “national laughingstock.” Gov. George W. Bush pardoned Criner in 2000, the year Keller won election to the court’s top job. It was in 2007 that Keller made national headlines again, telling an aide not to wait for a death-row inmate’s last-minute appeal — despite a waiting on-call judge — because “we close at 5.” The execution was carried out that evening."

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