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Harris County Court-at-Law No. 10 Judge Lee Harper Wilson. Courtesy photo Harris County Court-at-Law No. 10 Judge Lee Harper Wilson. Courtesy photo

A Houston judge has failed to overturn an ethics sanction for being undignified and discourteous by grabbing the arm of a paralegal and telling her to leave a courtroom section reserved for attorneys.

Judge Lee Harper Wilson of Harris County Criminal Court-at-Law No. 10 appealed his public admonition to a special court of review, which is an appointed panel of three appellate judges. In a ruling released on Tuesday, the special court upheld the public admonition, although it did tweak the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct’s order that made Wilson take sexual harassment training. Instead, Wilson must get training about proper courtroom decorum.

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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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