As lawyers frantically tried to file the last-minute appeal that could have halted the execution of a death row inmate, the Texas judge who oversaw the only court that could hear it was preparing to end her day. "We close at 5," Judge Sharon Keller told a court staffer on Sept. 25, 2007. The appeal was never heard, and four hours later, convicted killer Michael Richard was executed. Now it's Keller who is before a judge, facing charges that could end her career in a special trial that began Monday.
Texas Judge Who Closed Court as Death-Row Appeal Was Drafted Faces Trial
The Associated Press
August 17, 2009