The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has handed Robert Jenevein, former judge of Dallas County Court-at-Law No. 3, a partial victory in his seven-year fight with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.
In a July 20 decision in Jenevein v. Willing, et al., a three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit decided unanimously that the commission violated Jenevein’s First Amendment free-speech rights in its January 2003 public censure of him. However, the 5th Circuit held that the commission could censure Jenevein for holding a news conference in his courtroom — while wearing his judicial robes — to criticize a Dallas attorney.
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