Abbott: Judicial panel is private
Attorney general says misconduct agency’s activities can be kept from Sunset probers.
Last spring, when the Sunset Advisory Commission tried to evaluate the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, it ran into an unusual obstacle: Sunset auditors were informed that the judicial commission’s proceedings, and many of its documents, were confidential — even the state’s own auditors couldn’t see them.
“While Sunset recognizes the need to protect judges from public disclosure of unfair or unwarranted complaints stemming from individuals unhappy with the outcome of a case or from political opponents, this must be balanced against the public’s right to know that the process is working fairly and effiectively when judges misuse or abuse the substantial authority they have been granted,” the Sunset report concluded in March.
Now Attorney General Greg