One of the many ways our criminal justice system is screwed up is that judges, especially local elected judges, think their job is to gain convictions. Many of them even run for office using their conviction rate, which should disqualify anyone from ever being a judge. But here’s a judge who actually helped a prosecutor during a case:
Texas Judge Elizabeth Coker allegedly sent private texts to a prosecutor during a trial she was presiding over, in order to help that attorney obtain a guilty verdict. Although Judge Coker has not admitted to these allegations, she signed a “VOLUNTARY AGREEMENT TO RESIGN FROM JUDICIAL OFFICE IN LIEU OF DISCIPLINARY ACTION” on Monday rather than face further sanction.According to Coker’s agreement to resign, she allegedly texted then-Assistant District Attorney Kaycee Jones during a trial “to suggest questions for the prosecutor to ask during the trial; to ensure that a witness was able to refresh his memory and rehabilitate his testimony . . . and to discuss legal issues pertinent to the case.” Despite Judge Coker’s alleged breach of judicial impartiality, Jones was unsuccessful in obtaining a conviction.
To make things worse, Jones, the prosecutor in this case, is now a judge too. This is another reason why judicial elections should be done away with in every state.