On Wednesday, February 7, 2024, the Texas Judicial Conduct Commission publicly reprimanded Escobares Municipal Court Judge Lynette Montemayor. During its meeting on December 5-6, 2023, the State Commission on Judicial Conduct concluded a review of allegations against Judge Montemayor.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Judge Lynette Montemayor,” with case number 22-0153.

The Commission’s review found that in September 2021, Judge Montemayor had been indicted by a Starr County grand jury for the third-degree felony charge of providing false information on an affidavit. Specifically, the indictment alleged Judge Montemayor falsely notarized an affidavit stating an individual swore an oath before her on May 25, 2021.

In July 2023, the Commission sent Judge Montemayor a letter of inquiry regarding the indictment but received no response. When contacted by phone in September, Judge Montemayor said she did not receive the original letter. The Commission then emailed the letter and gave her until September 25th to respond, but again received no response.

The Commission determined Judge Montemayor’s failure to respond to the letter of inquiry constituted “willful or persistent conduct that is clearly inconsistent” with her duties as a judge and brought discredit to the judiciary. This violated both the Texas Government Code and state constitution regarding a judge’s cooperation with the Commission.

As a result, the Commission issued a public reprimand of Judge Montemayor at its December meeting. The reprimand was meant to protect the public and promote confidence in the judicial system. It marked the conclusion of the Commission’s review of the allegations regarding Judge Montemayor’s indictment and subsequent failure to cooperate with the inquiry.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.