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Keith Hampton Campaign Launches VoteNoSharonKeller.com
AUSTIN, TX – Today, Keith Hampton, candidate for Presiding Judge on the Court of Criminal Appeals launched a website to remind voters of Sharon Keller’s lethal behavior on the court.
“It is important that voters remember Keller’s history of abusing constitutional rights of defendants,” said Hampton. “As the highest criminal court in Texas, the decisions made here are literally life and death, and Sharon Keller continues to stand on the wrong side of history.”
The website focuses on the cases, opinions, and ethics complaints throughout Keller’s career on the Court of Criminal Appeals.
Two cases of note are the Michael Richard and Roy Criner cases. In the Richard case, Keller famously told a death-sentenced inmate’s lawyers, “We close at 5 p.m.” to their appeal filing. In the Criner case, Keller dismissed two DNA tests that proved Criner’s DNA was not at the scene of the crime. When asked how someone would prove their innocence if DNA wasn’t enough, Keller responded,”I don’t know. I don’t know.”
In addition to Keller’s court behavior, she faced a record $100,000 fine for withholding millions in personal assets from the Texas Ethics Commission (TEC).
“Not only did Keller lie to the TEC, but she did so when asking that the Judicial Conduct Commission (ultimately taxpayers) to pay for her legal fees during her defense of the Richard case,” said Hampton. “Keller is the moral compass of the court as Presiding Judge, it doesn’t get much worse.”
Keith Hampton: For the last twenty years, Keith has defended the Texas Constitution and the Constitution of the United States in hundreds of criminal cases. As an active member of the criminal defense bar, a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and a member of the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas, Keith has tirelessly worked for fairness, integrity and justicefor all Texans. If elected, Keith Hampton will be the only judge who has handled death penalty cases in all stages of litigation – from accusation, trial, appeal and all post-conviction proceedings, including appearing before the Supreme Court of the United States.