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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