Judge says Sharon Keller shouldn't lose job

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A report from the ethics trial of embattled Texas Judge Sharon Keller says she should not lose her job for closing her court before a death-row inmate could file a final appeal.

In a report released Tuesday, state district Judge David Berchelmann wrote that Keller's actions "was not exemplary" in the hours before Michael Richard was executed in September 2007.

But Berchelmann, who presided over Keller's ethics trial in August, recommended that Keller receive no reprimand "beyond the public humiliation she has surely suffered."

Keller faced five charged of judicial misconduct for refusing to keep her court open past 5 p.m. and allegedly denying Richard the right to file an appeal before his execution.


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