Texas SC justices face ethics hearings

Chris Rizo Jun. 30, 2008, 2:21am

Justice Nathan Hecht

Justice David Medina

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline)-At least two Texas Supreme Court justices have ethics complaints pending against them.

Justices Nathan Hecht and David Medina will have the complaints against them reviewed Aug. 14 by the Texas Ethics Commission, the Houston Chronicle reported Monday.

Hecht, who was elected to the state high court in 1988, is accused of accepting a discount for legal services that was tantamount to an illegal campaign contribution.

The complaint against Hecht stems from representation by the Jackson Walker law firm in a dispute with the Commission on Judicial Conduct in 2006 over promoting President George W. Bush's short-lived nomination of former White House Counsel Harriet Miers to the U.S.
Supreme Court.

The complaint against Medina alleges that he may have violated state law by paying himself nearly $57,000 from his political funds over three years as mileage reimbursement for commuting between Austin and his Houston-area home.

Medina was appointed to the court by Republican Gov. Rick Perry. Medina served as the governor's general counsel.

The two complaints were filed by the judicial watchdog group Texas Watch.

From Legal Newsline: Reach reporter Chris Rizo by e-mail at chrisrizo@legalnewsline.com.

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