Reflections from the Bench 2017-01-25T11:06:33+00:00

Reflections from the Bench

Personal essays by your fellow judges (active or retired) talking about their experiences in the judiciary. Have an idea for an essay? Email it to

Reflections from the Bench: A novel defense

By Hon. Michael E. Keasler

I encountered a very creative defendant in my early years as a prosecutor. He was on probation for felony DWI, and he was charged with having violated a condition of probation that forbade his consumption of alcoholic beverages. At his hearing, he pleaded “Not True” to the allegations in the motion to revoke probation.

May 18th, 2017|

The price I paid for being a ‘good judge’

By Hon. Karen Adam (Ret.)

As a longtime judicial officer, I was excited to be summoned for jury duty in January 2017.  When I arrived at the jury assembly room, I wondered why there were so few potential jurors. The jury commissioner explained: There was only one trial set that day, a criminal case.

April 20th, 2017|