Waller County Judge slapped with public warning

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Waller County Judge

In endorsing another elected official by holding a joint fundraiser with him, Waller County Judge Carbett “Trey” Duhon III misused the “prestige of his judicial office,” according to a ruling by the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

The punishment is a “public warning,” which amounts to letting county residents know what happened.

The ruling was first reported by the Houston Chronicle.

According to the Chronicle:

Duhon had violated two rules from the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct: One preventing judges from advancing “the private interest of the judge or others,” and another forbidding judges from using their names to publicly support other candidates.

The ruling stemmed from a concert at Waller Creek Fairgrounds held by a political action committee called Citizens in Support of Duhon & Mathis, to raise money for Duhon and Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis.

Flyers said that concert tickets could be purchased at “the law firm of Trey Duhon.”

The commission ruled that this advanced the private interests of the judge, damaging the office’s prestige.

Duhon was a member of the PAC. He had reviewed the flyers and yet “did not object to its contents or its distribution,” the commission stated.

Specifically, according to the commission: “A judge shall not authorize the public use of his or her name endorsing another candidate for any public office.”

Duhon did not immediately respond to a request for comment, according to the Chronicle.

Trent Seibert can be reached at [email protected] or at 832-258-6119.

10 COMMENTS

  1. And remember they publicly stated that they raised $60,000.00 not the figure stated in the letter. I don’t know if the less than $20,000.00 has some legal significance but they posted that they raised $60,000.00

  2. Complacency and an attitude of being “above the law”. That is how it happens. It is not just that it was a political fundraiser. It is the appearance of impropriety. The fact of the matter is that the DA would be the person to “prosecute” the county judge for a law violation. Do you think the DA is impartial or the judge is not using undue influence by comingling funds, joint fundraisers, publicly endorsing each other, etc. This is not a special punishment or finding for Waller County. There are reasons for the rules. I get blindly supporting someone you consider a friend, but as taxpayers who fund the choices the county judge makes, we need to know that he or she is acting in a fiscally responsible, above reproach manner and not just helping friends or paying favors to political supporters.

  3. So glad that this finding allowed them to tell the citizens of waller county what happened. Like we didn’t tread the notice on where to buy tickets. I’m just mad I didn’t get to go…. because Republicans have to work

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