Sunday, August 27, 2006

One Last Word on the Bob Hebert Endorsement Scandal

If it looks like a duck and
quacks like a duck...

If you need to catch up on the details of this scandal, start here. In a nutshell, Hebert made endorsements in violation of the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct. After being called out by Muse and myself, Hebert felt compelled to make a statement to the local online press that he really wasn't a judge under the code, despite his earlier (and possibly criminal) representations.

But after all that, there is still one vital point to be made. Even if Hebert is misrepresenting himself on his website and has no current judicial duties, he is still under the code. Check it out:

1. According to this article, the County Judge will begin holding probate hearings at the start of next term, and according to Hebert, will be “operating under terms of the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct.”

2. Hebert is a candidate for the County Judge position which starts next term.

3. According to Canon 6 of the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct, candidates for a judicial office are held to the same standards as office-holders.

4. Ergo, Hebert falls under the jurisdiction of the code.

Judge Hebert, I am awaiting your retraction and a public apology for your ethical lapse.


Blogger muse said...

I don't know, Mark. I don't think this is the last word. I think we stirred up something that is going to get bigger. We may have just touched the tip of the iceberg on this judge's transgressions.

9:25 PM  
Blogger Hal said...

I agree. I have been at it all day on this guy and I had to take a shower, finally. The guy smells up the place.

From what I have found out about this guy, and his cronies, the man survives based on public ignorance of his actions, and how these acts stack up against propriety.


9:35 PM  

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