TEXAS Judge Jack Robison, above, was portrayed in the media last year as stark raving bonkers after he informed a jury that God had told him that a defendant was innocent.
But it’s just been revealed that the Comal County district court judge’s outburst at the trial of Gloria Romero Perez was:
A temporary, episodic medical condition referred to as a delirium.
Despite Robison providing letters from two medical professionals which indicated that he’s of perfectly sound mind now, the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct this week chose to issue him with a public warning.
After Perez was found guilty of continuous sex trafficking and the sale or purchase of a child, Robison told the jury to keep on deliberating because God told him she was innocent. He reportedly said:
When God tells me I gotta do something, I gotta do it.
The Republican judge reported himself to the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct after his intervention at Perez’s trial on January 12, 2018, which unleashed almost 20 complaints against him.
Turned out that the jury was not swayed by the judge’s intervention and found Romero Perez guilty. She was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
The conviction, however, was declared a mistrial last October after a judge found that Robison’s rulings were not in accordance with the law and that he made partial comments throughout the trial. Perez is still awaiting a retrial, court records show.In his self-report, Robison told the committee he was experiencing memory lapses at the time and was under extreme stress due to treatment for a medical condition and the death of a close friend.
In their letters, the medical professionals said that the issue appears to be resolved and that Robison is not currently experiencing the same impairment.
The public warning is a more severe form of punishment than being privately warned, according to the commission’s website, but the action falls short of suspension, which is the most serious disciplinary action the committee can vote on.
Robison denied he ever exhibited prejudice, but did recognise that his involvement with the jury was grounds for misconduct.
The confrontation occurred when Bandelman, angered by Robison’s ruling in a child custody case involving his granddaughter, rushed into a public restroom in the Lockhart courthouse and called Robison “a fool”.
The judge ordered bailiffs to arrest the grandfather and jail him for 30 days. Bandelman was released two days later.
In its reprimand, the State Commission on Judicial Conduct found that when he jailed the older man:
Robison exceeded the scope of his authority and failed to comply with the law.