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Another Texas judge has been reprimanded for shaming jurors—and for using her position as a jurist to improperly interject herself into a relative’s criminal case.

The State Commission on Judicial Conduct recently concluded that Teresa Hawthorne, judge of Dallas’ 203rd District Court, shamed and reprimanded a jury for their verdict. Days earlier, the commission also disciplined Luis Aguilar, judge of El Paso’s 243rd District Court, for treating potential jurors so poorly that he reduced one person to tears.

According to the most recent reprimand, Hawthorne presided over a jury trial in 2016 in which a jury rendered a guilty verdict and assessed a 99-year prison sentence.

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John Council

Senior reporter John Council is a native Texan who covers litigation and appellate courts in his home state. Contact him at [email protected] On Twitter: @john_council

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