The Caller Times reported that on Monday, August 8, 2022, Sid Harle, presiding judge of the Fourth Administrative Judicial Region, ordered Texas 214th District Court Judge Inna Klein to recuse herself from two criminal cases due to a conflict between her and the Nueces County District Attorney’s Office that she did not disclose to the defendants.

The ruling resulted from Klein failing to disclose that the district attorney’s office filed a complaint against her with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct over allegations that she and others had watched a video stream of jury deliberations during a murder trial. The Nueces County district attorney is requesting Klein be recused from all cases in which his office is involved.

In the order, Judge Harle said the “nature of the conflict” with the DA’s office and the “lack of disclosure rises to the level of a recusal being mandated in this matter.”

Klein may continue to preside over criminal cases in which the district attorney’s office is a party as long as she discloses the conflict and the defense agrees to waive it.

The order reads:

“This Order does not prohibit the Trial Court to disclose the nature of the conflict and allow future defendants and their counsel to potentially waive the conflict and proceed before the Court, or to request recusal while the conflict exists between the Court and the District Attorney.”

The Judge’s courtroom address is 901 Leopard Street in Corpus Christi, and can be reached at (361) 888-0463.

Source: Caller Times


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