A Texas district court judge may face another rebuke from the state Commission on Judicial Conduct after he interrupted a jury to tell them he had a message from God to share with them.
The jury had already left to deliberate when Judge Jack Robison in Comal County outside of San Antonio, who was overseeing the case of a Buda, Texas woman accused of trafficking a teen girl for sex, barged into the room where they were meeting.
Judge Robison apologized to the jurors for interrupting them but explained that “when God tells me I gotta do something, I gotta do it,” reports the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung newspaper.
Robison told them that God said to tell the jurors to return a not guilty verdict against the woman, who was also charged with the sale or purchase of a child.
Despite the judge’s suggestion, the jury found Gloria Romero-Perez guilty anyway.
However, they did find her not guilty on the charge of selling or purchasing a child.
The judge then recused himself from the sentencing portion of the trial.
The jury later sentenced her to 25 years in prison.
Her lawyer asked for a mistrial to be declared, but the request was refused.
“Robison’s actions could trigger an investigation from the State Commission on Judicial Conduct,” reported the Austin American-Statesman.
If, as it should, the state looks to penalize the judge who says he talks to God, it will not be the first time for Robison, who ran unopposed in his last election.
In 2009, Robison was in the courthouse men’s room when he ran into a man who called him a fool for his ruling in a child custody case in which the Caldwell County, Texas, man’s granddaughter was involved.
Robison proceeded to find the man in contempt of court without any hearing and with no advance notice that he would be charged.
He had the 69-year-old man put in jail, where he stayed for two days before the 3rd court of appeals asked Robison to explain his contempt ruling.
In 2011, the state Commission on Judicial Conduct issued a private reprimand to Judge Robison for improperly jailing the man, its harshest rebuke.
The commission said Robison had “exceeded the scope of his authority and failed to comply with the law.”
However, that was not enough to keep Robison off the bench.
Maybe claiming he gets direct messages from God will bring a stronger rebuke, and with a little luck, keep the nutty judge off the bench before he can give more jury instructions that the next group might even take seriously.
It might be funny if this was not a time when President Trump is putting judges on the bench for their political views even if they lack qualifications for office other than being ultra-conservatives.
Many of Trump’s appointees, unlike Robison, are appointed for life and will never have to face voters.
Some of them may think they know God’s will, based on their politics, but they are unlikely to announce it to a jury,
They will just do the damage and get away with dong incalculable damage for years to come, long after Trump has returned to holding court in Trump Tower.
At least with Robison, we know he is nuts.