Ab­bott: Ju­di­cial panel is pri­vate

At­tor­ney gen­eral says mis­con­duct agency’s ac­tiv­i­ties can be kept from Sun­set probers.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Eric Dex­heimer edex­heimer@states­man.com Sun­set

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

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