Panel upholds admonishment, County judge stands by action

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

A three-judge panel has rejected Burnet County Judge James Oakley's appeal of a public admonition by the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct.

“The Special Court of Review has considered the pleadings, the evidence, and the arguments of counsel and finds that the Honorable James Oakley willfully violated Canon 2B of the Code of Judicial Conduct … by lending the prestige of his office to further the private interests of another person. The appropriate sanction for this conduct is a Public Admonition,” wrote Justice Gregory T. Perkes of the Thirteenth Court of Appeals at Corpus Christi-Edinburg in the Oct. 25 opinion. . . .

Find the rest of this story in the Wednesday, Dec. 18 issue of the Burnet Bulletin, the newspaper of record for Burnet County. To offer a comment or news tip, email To subscribe to the newspaper, call 512-756-6136 or click the "E-Edition" like at the top right-hand corner of the page to subscribe to our online edition.



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