Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge Sharon Keller faces possible removal from office for her alleged “willful and persistent conduct” in failing to follow CCA execution-day procedures in 2007.

On Feb. 19, the State Commission on Judicial Conduct issued a Notice of Formal Proceedings against Keller in connection with the case of Michael Richard, who was executed by the state on Sept. 25, 2007. The possible outcomes of the formal proceedings are dismissal of the complaints against Keller, a public censure of her or a recommendation by the commission to the Texas Supreme Court that she be removed from office, says Seana Willing, the commission’s executive director.

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