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Supreme Court Justice in the Hotseat

Texas Watch continues to follow the saga of Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht.  As you may recall, Hecht was censured for remarks made about former US Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers.  Hecht fought those charges and incurred significant legal fees in the process.  Reportedly, Hecht then sought the passage of a state law that would require the state to reimburse judges for their legal fees when they successfully appeal a similar ethics rebuke.  Hecht reportedly sought the new law despite the fact that donations were solicited from political supporters for all or almost all of the attorneys’ fees.

Now reports are out that one of those donors was a political action committee funded by homebuilder Bob Perry shortly before Hecht and the Supreme Court heard an appeal of a very large case involving Perry’s company, Perry Homes.  Because of the potential conflict, Texas Watch is calling for Justice Hecht to recuse himself for the case.

Stay tuned to see how this plays out.

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