Just days after losing the race for Brazos County district attorney, a former judge is slapped with sanctions for a second time.
This latest reprimand against Rick Davis is the culmination of an investigation that began more than two years ago by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. It was initiated after then-Judge Davis was accused of improperly impaneling a grand jury to investigate the district attorney's office.
The commission states Davis, "Engaged in willful conduct that cast public discredit on the judiciary and administration of justice, damaged public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary, and was inconsistent with the proper performance of his duties."
In response, Davis gave this statement to News 3, "I haven't had a chance to read it but it seems odd that they issued this without a hearing and the timing suggests it was intended to influence the recent election. It appears also that they chose to sanction me for something of which Judge (Cynthia) Kent already exonerated me."
Davis was first reprimanded in 2002 based on his conduct toward District Attorney Bill Turner and an Assistant D.A. Turner defeated Davis for district attorney this past Tuesday by a 54 percent to 46 percent margin.
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