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Fort Worth judge to run for top spot on Court of Criminal Appeals
by Editorial Board
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
July 27, 2011

Double standard Special court should reconsider dismissal of complaints against Judge Keller.
by Editorial Board
Houston Chronicle
Nov 4, 2010

Taxpayers not liable for Keller's legal fees, court says
by Chuck Lindell
Austin American-Statesman
Nov 4, 2010

Lawyers asking for review of Judge Keller ruling
Houston Chronicle
Oct 26, 2010

Disgraced Sharon Keller to Run for Re-election; Gloats that She "Won" Despite Fact That Case Thrown Out on Technicality
Texas Moratorium Network Blog
Oct 15, 2010

Case Closed: Special Court of Review Vacates Public Warning, Charges Against Keller
Texas Lawyer
Oct 15, 2010

Special court throws out Keller rebuke, ending case
Austin American-Statesman
Oct 11, 2010

Keller appeal marked by byzantine legal debates
Grits for Breakfast
Sept 20, 2010

Hearing set for Sept 20 on Keller dismissal request
Austin American-Statesman
Sept 14, 2010

Judge Sharon Keller wants her rebuke voided
Austin American-Statesman
July 30, 2010

The Public Has Been Offically Warned about Sharon Keller; Read Text of the Decision Available on the TMN Blog
Texas Moratorium Network blog
July 17, 2010

Judge Sharon Keller sharply rebuked, but keeps job
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
July 17, 2010

Top Texas criminal judge warned but keeps job
Associated Press
July 17, 2010

Keller warned, but keeps post, in death penalty case
Houston Chronicle
July 17, 2010

Panel begins deliberating after hearing on Texas criminal appeals court's top judge
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
June 18, 2010

Sharon Keller Case in Hands of Judicial Conduct Commission
Texas Lawyer
June 18, 2010

Judge Keller to Face Disciplinary Panel
MyFoxAustin.com
June 18, 2010

Demonstration and Public Hearing Regarding Judge Sharon "Killer" Keller
Date: June 18,2010
Time: Demonstration at 8:00 AM, Hearing at 9 AM
Location: John H. Reagan State Office Building
105 West 15th Street
Austin, Texas

Sharon Keller Could Be Suspended From Office If Misdemeanor Criminal Charges Are Filed Against Her
Scott Cobb at Burnt Orange Report
May 10, 2010

Text of Order from Ethics Commission Fining Sharon Keller $100,000
Texas Moratorium Network
April 30, 2010

Judge Keller fined $100,000 for disclosure lapses: Fine is commission's largest-ever civil penalty against a politician
Austin American-Statesman
April 30, 2010

Public Hearing Scheduled in Sharon Keller Case for June 18 in Austin
Texas Moratorium Network
April 1, 2010

Special prosecutors press their case against judge
San Antonio Express-News
Feb. 17, 2010

Prosecutors: death row judge deserves punishment
AP
by Paul Weber
Feb. 17, 2010

Effort to Remove Judge Resumes
Austin American-Statesman
Feb. 17, 2010

Examiner's objections due soon in Sharon Keller removal proceedings
Grits for Breakfast
Feb. 2, 2010

Lawmaker, Ethicist Differ Over Findings in Sharon Keller Case:
Texas Lawyer
by MARY ALICE ROBBINS Jan. 20, 2010

Ethics Case: Keller is lucky judge wasn't just like her
Rick Casey

Houston Chronicle
Jan. 20, 2010

Ruling Backs Judge Who Rejected Post-5 P.M. Appeal
by John Schwartz

New York Times
Jan. 20, 2010

Daughter of inmate wants suit against judge opened: Keller's testimony in 2 courts cited in plea for reinstatement.
Austin American-Statesman
Nov. 6, 2009

Tough Fight at Sharon Keller's Ethics Hearing
By Mary Alice Robbins
Texas Lawyer
Aug. 24, 2009

Decision may take months on judge in execution case
New York Times, reprinted in Dallas Morning News
Aug. 22, 2009

Keller trial wraps up with harsh criticism
Austin American Statesman
By Chuck Lindell, Aug. 21, 2009

Judge says she would do 'nothing different'
By Chuck Lindell, Aug. 20, 2009

Texas Judge on Trial for Refusing to Hear Appeal Hours Before Death Row Prisoner’s Execution
Democracy Now! Interview with Scott Cobb, Aug. 19, 2009

Fellow judge says Keller violated procedure in death row case
Austin American Statesman
By Chuck Lindell, Aug. 18, 2009

Anti-Empathy, Anti-Judge Goes on Trial
CBS News
By Andrew Cohen,Courtwatch, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2009

Death penalty debate peripheral to Keller trial
Austin American Statesman
By Chuck Lindell AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2009

Fate of high-level Texas judge rests in San Antonio courtroom
San Antonio Express News
By Craig Kapitan - Express-News, Monday, Aug. 17, 2009

Sharon Keller FAQ Answers about this week's trial of the state's highest criminal judge
Austin American Statesman
By Chuck Lindell AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009

A Texas Judge on Trial: Closed to a Death-Row Appeal?
Time Magazine
By HILARY HYLTON / AUSTIN, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009

She Said, He Said: Depositions Reveal Disputed Points in Judge Sharon Keller Controversy
by Mary Alice Robbins, Texas Lawyer
August 10, 2009

Keller to attack credibility of defense lawyers at her trial
Austin American-Statesman
August 2, 2009

The Judgment of Sharon Keller
by Michael Hall, Texas Monthly
August 2009

Sharon Keller's Trial to Be Held in San Antonio Instead of Austin
Texas Moratorium Network Blog
June 18, 2009

Sharon Keller amends financial report to include $2.4 million in assets
Dallas Morning News
May 2, 2009

Approve resolution calling for impeachment of Keller
by State Rep. Lon Burnam
Houston Chronicle
May 2, 2009

Ethicists Call for Removal of Sharon Keller
Texas Moratorium Network Blog
April 22, 2009

Legislative Hearing Set for April 27 on Sharon Keller Impeachment Resolution
Texas Moratorium Network Blog
April 15, 2009

Keller trial to begin August 17, 2009
Austin American-Statesman
April 7, 2009

Civil and Criminal Complaints filed against Judge Keller
Houston Chronicle
March 31, 2009

Burnam continues push to have impeachment hearings for Keller
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
March 30, 2009

Judge Keller's disclosures omit nearly $2 million in real estate, public records show
Dallas Morning News
March 30, 2009

COMMENTARY Let’s give Judge Keller a free lawyer
By RICK CASEY Houston Chronicle
March 26, 2009

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals judge's actions called into question
Dallas Morning News
March 8, 2009

Keller legal defense expected to be expensive
Austin American-Statesman
Feb 27, 2009

Oh the Irony...Keller Gets Extension to File Response
Texas Moratorium Network Blog
Feb 24, 2009

COMMENTARY: JOHN KELSO. Execution, schmexecution: She was waitin' on the repair guy
Austin American-Statesman
Feb 24, 2009

Judge's ethics case may hinge on phone calls
Austin American-Statesman
Feb 22, 2009

Impeachment push from Burnam continues as ethics panel awaits response from embattled judge
Fort Worth Star Telegram
Feb 21, 2009

Texas Judge May Lose Job Over Appeal in Death Case
New York Times
Feb 19, 2009

Notice of Formal Proceedings Against Sharon Keller
Texas Moratorium Network Blog.Feb 19, 2009

Texas judge faces public hearing for conduct over 2007 death-penalty appeal
Dallas Morning News
Feb 19, 2009

Feb 19, 2009: New York Times Editorial: "Investigating Judge Keller".

Press Release: Lawmaker Seeks Impeachment of State Judge. Published Feb 16, 2009

Sharon Keller is Texas' Judge Dread
Dallas Observer Cover Story
By Matt Pulle
Published: January 17, 2008

Locking justice's door / Texas Court of Criminal Appeals chief justice's unethical, outrageous blocking of a death row appeal merits the most severe legal sanctions.
Houston Chronicle Editorial
Published: October 16, 2007

Judge in death penalty case violated policies
By R.G. RATCLIFFE : Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle Austin Bureau
Keller ordered the clerk to close at the usual time: 5 p.m. No written policies regarding those matters existed on that date (Sept. 25)," Keller wrote.
12/13/2007

Death judge broke rules
By Rick Casey : Houston Chronicle
12/16/2007

Protestors Call for Appeals Judge Sharon Keller to Resign
Nov 16, 2007 MYFox Austin

Death penalty foes want top judge out
Nov. 17, 2007 Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Repudiating Keller: Presiding judge slapped by rules change
Nov. 9, 2007 Houston Chronicle Editorial Board

Texas Monthly to Call for Impeaching Sharon Keller
Nov 8, 2007 

Wife of Executed Death Row Prisoner Sues Judge (with video, including shots of sharonkiller.com website)

 MyFoxHouston, Nov 7, 2007

Wife of executed killer blames judge for husband's death (with video)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007  By Rucks Russell / 11 News

Today's legal lynchings Dec 7, 2007 The Daily Texan

Nov. 8, 2007, 12:00AM
Wife of executed killer sues judge who blocked appeal
Lawsuit claims order to close the court clerk's office violated his rights

 
Outrage sends message to court

Nov. 7, 2007
Executed Inmate's widow to file suit against Sharon Keller
KHOU.com

Nov. 7, 2007
Court says it will take e-filings in death cases
Lawyers' outcry over closed doors for killer's appeal leads to decision

 
Texas slammed the door on a death-row appeal
Corpus Christi Caller Times, TX
Nov 4, 2007 

Nov. 1, 2007, 10:33PM
Execution moratorium extended all but one life
Lethal injection ruling too late for Michael Richard By DAVID R. DOW

Afterhours protest targets Texas judge's home
CBS 42, TX - Oct 31, 2007

Protest hits home for Texas judge who refused to hear late appeal
UT The Daily Texan, TX - Oct 31, 2007
By Amanda DeBard

Protesters picket outside judge's home
News 8 Austin, TX - Oct 31, 2007

Appellate Judge called 'out of control'  

10/28/2007 Express-News R.G. Ratcliffe

Hello?, Hello?!, Criminal Justice
Fort Worth Star-Telegram Editorial, Oct 31, 2007 

The Sharon Keller Disgrace: Opening Halls of Justice
Dallas Morning News Editorial Board, Oct 30, 2007

Protestors Call for Texas Judge to Resign
KVUE, Oct 30, 2007 

Killer Keller must resign
UT The Daily Texan, TX - Oct 18, 2007

Rebeca Chapa: In Texas, hang 'em high justice has dropped to a new low
10/17/2007
San Antonio Express-News

Lawyers say judge violated executed man's rights Houston Chronicle (Front Page Article)

More lawyers join criticism of Keller
Houston Chronicle
Published: October 19, 2008

Opinions divided on judge in dispute over condemned man
Houston Chronicle
Published: October 17, 2008



Twenty Lawyers File Complaint Against CCA Presiding Judge Sharon Keller
Texas Lawyer

Deadlines are a Keller McBlogger

Calling foul on Texas Judge Sharon Keller
The Swanky Conservative

TMN Plans to File Official Complaint Against Sharon Keller with State Commission on Judicial Conduct
Texas Moratorium Network

Judges were prepared to ponder execution appeal
Houston Chronicle

LETHAL INJECTION CHALLENGES
Austin American Statesman

Judicial criticism Houston Chronicle

Texas Death Penalty Blog Commission on Judicial Conduct should investigate Judge Sharon keller
Texas Death Penalty

Things to remember about executions Fort Worth Star-Telegram

MySpace pulls parody profile The Daily Texan Septermber 2006
Creators say they used site to criticize pro-death penalty judge's 'extremist' actions

Killer Page, Your Honor! Houston Press September 2006

Naked City Austin Chronicle September 2006

Another DeLay judge out Houston Chronicle 2005

Sharon Keller hits the trifecta Off the Kuff 2003

Interview: Judge Sharon Keller PBS Front Line

 

Quotes About Sharon Keller

"We should expect fair and judicious treatment from our courts not cruel and callous actions such as this. Otherwise, we are no better than societies without an impartial justice system."

Steven Rosner, Signed Judicial Complaint from Members of Public

 

"I am deeply disturbed at the damage caused by this single incident to the integrity of our justice system, an issue more important than even a single man's life. Unless consequences are addressed, this behavior undermines the very foundations of respect for our legal system. Criminal behavior often occurs because criminals don't respect our legal system, therefore we demand a legal system worthy of respect. A judge is only a civil servant, but one who is held to the highest standard of trust to be impartial and fair and not impose their own cynical ideology."

Debbie Deiters, Austin, Texas,

Signed Judicial Complaint from Members of Public

 

This act is the most disgraceful thing I have ever heard of a judge doing and it should not go unpunished. Justice Keller needs to be removed from the bench and placed on the other side facing charges of negligence, malpractice and murder.

Andrew Ritzdorf, Centennial, Colorado
Signed Judicial Complaint from Members of Public
 

This conduct was most appalling and vile - especially coming from someone supposedly qualified to affect justice! She is a disgrace of the highest order, and her wanton disregard for a man's right to (try to)live must be punishable by removing her from office.

Dorothy Finch, Atlanta, Georgia
Signed Judicial Complaint from Members of Public
 

Your actions should be criminal in a world where the harm done to society is actually judged by harm and not class status. This is an example of how justice not only sleeps, but saunters lazily out of the courtroom even at the peril of death to others, whose right to an appeal was immorally thwarted. I would never clerk for a judge like you. Despicable. Disgusting. You will forever be pinned in my judicial Hall of Shame. If I end up teaching law, your name will be forever ringing as an example of incompetence and hatred under the guise or procedure.

Heather Burke, San Diego, California
Signed Judicial Complaint from Members of Public
 
 
"Way to serve the public, your dis-honor." 
 
Michael Murphy, Houston, Texas
Signed Judicial Complaint from Members of Public

Call Your Legislator

Please take a moment to call your member of the Texas House of Representatives and tell your State Representative that you want the Texas House to impeach Keller. You can find out who your State Representative is by going to the link below and entering your address. http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us

Houston Chronicle Editorial Board

February 25, 2009

It was late afternoon, and a repairman was due at her house. This is what apparently was on the mind of Judge Sharon Keller, the state’s top criminal judge, on the 2007 day that murderer Michael Wayne Richard was slated to die. So shortly before 5, when Richard’s attorneys asked for an extra few minutes to file an appeal, Keller defied execution day procedure and refused. She told her clerk to say the court closed at 5.

It is too late for rule of law to apply to Michael Wayne Richard. But it must be applied to Keller, whose deformed ethical compass makes her unfit to judge. If a new state probe of her conduct fails to prompt her removal, the Legislature should impeach her.

More than a year after her cavalier actions shocked the country, Keller has finally been called to account for her actions. Last Thursday, the state Commission on Judicial Conduct announced judicial proceedings against her, charging “willful or persistent conduct that casts public discredit on the judiciary.”

Also last week, State Rep. Lon Burnam submitted a resolution to impeach Keller, citing “gross neglect of duty” and “willful disregard for human life.”

All three descriptions are accurate. On any given execution day, Texas courthouses are active places. Because of the chance for last-minute appeals, courthouses don’t have a strict closing time, judges work late and judges often hear last-minute pleadings from home, the Dallas Observer notes.

After all, a human life is at stake.

On the day of Richard’s execution, there was even more happening. That morning, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision to review the constitutionality of lethal injection — to which Richard was sentenced. This announcement created a de facto death penalty moratorium nationwide. But because the decision came late, Richard’s attorneys had to scramble, deciding how the news could be used in a workable appeal.

When their computer crashed that afternoon, however, the attorneys had the misfortune of calling a judge who cared not for legalities — but for punishment. Ignoring court procedure, Keller shut the door on them.

In retrospect, this might be expected of a judge who campaigned on the promise of being “pro-prosecution.” But the Texas justice system, which kills so many and has mistreated even more, cannot continue to bear that same label.

Removing Judge Sharon Keller will show the many watching this state that Texans don’t thirst for blood, but for justice.


The below editorial was published in 2007.

The events of Sept. 25 have put a stain on Texas justice that can only be cleansed by the removal of Chief Justice Sharon Keller from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

On that day, Judge Keller let her personal bias in favor of the death penalty trample the right of now-executed prisoner Michael Richard to access the courts and have due process. In doing so, she abdicated her role as the state's chief criminal justice to become its chief executioner.

As laid out in a complaint to Texas' State Commission on Judicial Conduct signed by 20 distinguished Texas attorneys, including Houston's Dick DeGuerin and University of Houston Law Center professor Michael Olivas, Judge Keller's actions were legally inexcusable. The plot line could be straight from a Law and Order episode, with the twist that in this case it was the justice who committed the injustice.

After the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider a challenge to the constitutionality of lethal injection, attorneys for Richard, a convicted murderer, had less than a day to craft an appeal for a stay of execution pending resolution of the issue before the high court. A ruling by the Texas court was necessary before the U.S. Supreme Court could consider his appeal.

Because of computer problems, Richard's lawyers requested that the Court of Criminal Appeals remain open past 5 p.m. to take the last-minute appeal. The judge assigned to the case, Cheryl Johnson, and two other judges had stayed late, anticipating that an appeal might be forthcoming before the execution scheduled later that evening. Without informing them of her decision, Judge Keller refused to allow the appeal to be filed after 5 p.m. Richard was executed hours later.

Even Keller's court colleagues expressed dismay at her actions. Justice Johnson was quoted in the complaint as angry, because "if I'm in charge of the execution, I ought to have known about these things, and I ought to have been asked whether I was willing to stay late and accept those filings." She indicated she would have accepted the brief, "because this is a death case." Justice Paul Womack told the Chronicle he waited in his office till 7 p.m. because "it was reasonable to expect an effort would be made in some haste in light of the Supreme Court. I wanted to be sure to be available in case it was raised."

Justice Keller's response to the uproar was that the lawyers should have filed the appeal on time. After all, she said, "they had all day." When an irreversible action like an execution is only hours away from occurring, Keller's adherence to a 9 a.m.-to-5 p.m. justice schedule is mind boggling. Civil judges are available at all hours to sign temporary restraining orders as are criminal judges to approve search warrants. Yet in the taking of a life, the most profound action a judge will ever be involved in, Keller wants to stick to banker's hours.

The irresponsibility of Keller's behavior was highlighted by subsequent legal developments. Two days after the Richard execution, the Supreme Court stayed the execution of another Texas prisoner, Carlton Turner. Although his appeal had been denied by the Texas court, the fact that it was heard allowed the high court to act.

Then the Court of Criminal Appeals stayed the scheduled execution of convicted murderer Heliberto Chi, effectively signaling a halt to death by injection in the state until the high court rules on its constitutionality.

Just as Turner and Chi were spared pending the resolution of the issue, so Michael Richard should be alive today. Since she will not face the voters until 2012, the miscarriage of justice perpetrated by Chief Justice Keller can only be remedied by a recommendation by the Judicial Conduct Commission to the Texas Supreme Court that she be removed from office.

Locking justice's door / Texas Court of Criminal Appeals chief justice's unethical, outrageous blocking of a death row appeal merits the most severe legal sanctions.