Nueces County judge “cast public discredit on the judiciary”

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A panel of judges said the behavior of former judge Guy Williams both on and off the bench “cast public discredit on the judiciary,” the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported.

Williams was reprimanded in March by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct on the basis of numerous complaints, including that he had groped three women and made disparaging comments about Nueces County prosecutors. The judges made the public discredit statement in ruling to uphold those reprimands.

Williams had presided over the 148th District Court in Nueces County since 2011 but did not to run for re-election last year.

The panel said in its order Friday that Williams’ behavior “creates a significant negative impact on the integrity of the judiciary and the public’s respect for the judiciary.”

The three women who alleged they were groped testified in March, backed up by witnesses to the incidents. Williams denied he had touched them inappropriately.

One woman said she was “absolutely stunned” by the groping.

“I mean, I’m 70 years of age. I don’t think that’s ever happened in my lifetime,” she said, according to the Caller-Times.

Williams now faces the loss of all of his retirement benefits. His attorney Chris Gale told the newspaper in March that Williams can’t be a visiting judge due to the reprimands, and that being a visiting judge is required for him to get those benefits. Gale said that “seems a bit unfair.”

Another of Williams’ attorneys, Amie Augenstein, told the Caller-Times on Friday that the legal team was reviewing the opinion and didn’t have an immediate comment.

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