State Amends Charges Against Davis

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The State Commission on Judicial Conduct amended its charges this week against Brazos County District Judge Rick Davis, giving Davis 15 days to respond to the amended complaint.

The amended charges focus on Davis' spearheading the move for a court of inquiry in 2006.

Davis requested the procedure, accusing Assistant District Attorney Shane Phelps of obstructing a grand jury investigating Phelps and District Attorney Bill Turner.

Phelps was cleared of any wrongdoing after two days of testimony.

Davis has 15 days from Monday, June 25, to respond to the amended complaint from the commission.

He was publicly reprimanded by the commission in 2002 during informal proceedings.

Since the current complaint will lead to formal proceedings, however, a reprimand is not an option.

Instead, Davis could be cleared, censured, or removed from the bench.