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4:33 pm
Fri April 30, 2010

Top Texas Judge Faces $100,000 Fine

Texas – The top judge on the state's Court of Criminal Appeals has been fined $100,000 for not fully reporting her income and property holdings as required by law.

The fine against Judge Sharon Keller is the largest ever imposed by the Texas Ethics Commission. The panel issued the order Wednesday.

Keller's sworn personal income statements for 2006 and 2007 didn't include properties valued at about $2.3 million and other income sources totaling about $183,000.

Keller is facing five seperate charges of judicial misconduct for refusing to accept a late appeal in a death row case in September 2007.

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