County Judge Bob Hebert responds to our charges: "I was lying."
An artist's impression of Hebert and the current state of his pants.
That's right. Because of a certain pair of blog posts, Bob Hebert felt obliged to emerge from his undiclosed location and tell the whole world he is a liar.
The problem was that if Hebert is the kind of the County Judge that has judicial duties, he cannot legally endorse candidates. Which he did. Twice. In the same race. In under 2 weeks. But even though he brags on his own campaign website about having "numerous judicial duties," don't worry, says Hebert: He was just lying. See? No more problem, right?
Seriously. That's the bulk of his explaination -"I may have listed all those judicial duties, but I was lying. I don't actually perform them. And some of them aren't, in my opinion, judicial duties. I just called them that to look cool."
So ends the tale of Fort Bend County (Not a) Judge Bob Hebert: A man truly unafraid to have his judicial ethics and eat them too. Or does it? Click here for a full text copy of my complaint letter to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, one of many being sent, I am told.
UPDATE: It looks like Judge Hebert committed a felony. Consider this law from Title 8 of the Texas Penal Code, Offenses Against Public Administration:
§ 37.11. IMPERSONATING PUBLIC SERVANT.
(a) A person commits an offense if he:
(2) knowingly purports to exercise any function of a
public servant or of a public office, including that of a judge and
court, and the position or office through which he purports to
exercise a function of a public servant or public office has no
lawful existence under the constitution or laws of this state or of
the United States.
(b) An offense under this section is a felony of the third
Hebert claims on his website to currently exercise judicial functions, namely, that he handles contested probate matters. But according to Mr. Hebert's statements today, that is a function of judgeship that has no current lawful existence - It will not exist until January or February of 2007. His misrepresentations are therefore in violation of 37.11, and constitute a third degree felony. And in any case, as he indicated in today's statements, he will never handle "contested probate cases," despite purporting to do so on his website.
Insteading of being in danger of a private slap on the wrist from the SCOJC, Hebert has now thrown himself into the chasm of criminal liability. Judge Hebert, allow me to give you some friendly advice a good lawyer once gave me: "When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging."