Third generation Texas judge Elizabeth E. Coker has resigned just ahead of being investigated for misconduct; she admits that she texted instructions to prosecutors in order to help them convict the defendants whose cases she heard. She also is accused of other indiscretions, including meeting with jurors and attempting to influence them to convict defendants. The State Commission on Judicial Conduct suggests that she lied to them as well, perjuring herself. She's out of a job, but apparently will face no criminal or civil sanctions for her crimes; nor will the victims whose trials she perverted be freed.Also no mention of indictments or penalties for the prosecuting attorneys who received her texts and failed to report the activity. Perhaps some reader here can clarify - is this not a criminal act? Or just not a crime in Texas? Is it merely a moral/ethical lapse appropriately treated by reprimand and job loss?
More details at the Boing Boing link and at the Montgomery County Police Reporter.