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Kavanaugh protest Demonstrators outside the U.S. Supreme Court protest the potential confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Oct. 4, 2018. Photo: C. Ryan Barber/ALM

The Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct has sanctioned an Austin misdemeanor judge who protested U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the bench by closing his courtroom and draping a black cloth over its door.

In a public reprimand announced Thursday, the commission found that Travis County Court-at-Law No. 3 Judge John Lipscombe allowed partisan interests and public clamor to influence him, and his actions cast public discredit on the judiciary.

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Angela Morris

Angela Morris is ALM Media's Texas litigation reporter. She covers lawsuits in all levels of Texas state and federal courts. Based in Austin, Morris earned journalism and government degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006, and since then, has worked primarily as a reporter and writer, but also has skills in videography, photography and podcasts. Follow her on Twitter at @AMorrisReports.

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