Thu Nov 29, 2012, 05:44 AM
TexasTowelie (3,344 posts)
2012 Arrest warrant issued for Texas high court judge
Last edited Thu Nov 29, 2012, 05:47 AM USA/ET - Edit history (1)
The longest serving judge on Texas’ highest criminal court has a warrant out for his arrest, issued by an Austin municipal court judge, for failure to pay a 2008 speeding ticket, the American-Statesman has found.
The arrest warrant for Lawrence Meyers, a 19-year judge on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, has been active since Oct. 20 and is the third time Meyers has faced possible arrest in his long-running battle over a $193 ticket for driving 19 miles over the speed limit on Interstate 35.
The case — repeatedly delayed at Meyers’ request and by legal challenges rarely pursued in traffic court — appeared to be over on Aug. 8, when Meyers pleaded guilty to speeding and was given two months to pay what had become a $481 fine, including court costs and related fees.
But when officials didn’t receive payment, Municipal Judge Ferdinand D. Clervi signed the warrant for Meyers’ arrest, meaning he could be taken to Travis County Jail at any time.
More at http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local/arrest-warrant-issued-for-texas-high-court-judge/nTHt5/
Later in the story the Judge Meyers indicates that he didn't pay the fine because he would have waived his right to appeal. He felt "pressured" to take a deal made by the prosecution in lieu of filing a $500 bond and going to trial.
So the judge who has a salary of $150,000 a year felt "pressured" to choose between the following two options:
A) Pay $481 and have the speeding ticket on his record. The only ancillary financial effect is a modest increase in his insurance premiums.
B) Pay $500 for a bond and possibly having to hire an attorney to represent him in court (or he could represent himself) and have to pay the fine and court costs if found guilty.
So Judge Meyers spent over two months debating is his mind about whether he could afford that additional $19 up front to maintain his innocence?
For some reason, the word "incompetent" comes to mind.
It also looks like we might have found another great candidate for Rick Perry to have drug tested. Book him, Danno!
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2012 Arrest warrant issued for Texas high court judge (Original post)
Response to madokie (Reply #1)
Thu Nov 29, 2012, 10:29 AM
sonias (18,002 posts)
3. Ditto what hobbit said
What hobbit said is the ugly truth about Texas.
Want another case of Texas stupidity - remember that judge who beat his disabled daughter with a belt. Well he's been reinstated. The only hope of getting this creep out of the bench is to vote him out. But I'm not holding my breath that the voters in his district will actually toss him out.
ABC News 11/12/12
Texas Judge Taped Beating Daughter with Belt Reinstated
Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)
Fri Nov 30, 2012, 02:00 PM
sonias (18,002 posts)
5. Judge pays 2008 traffic fine; arrest warrant voided
Austin American Statesman 11/29/12
Judge pays 2008 traffic fine; arrest warrant voided
Lawrence Meyers, a judge on the state’s highest criminal court, paid off a 2008 speeding ticket Thursday morning, bringing his long-running legal challenge to a swift close and prompting Austin Municipal Court to cancel a warrant for his arrest.
Meyers submitted a $535.90 online payment to municipal court around 10:30 a.m., hours after the American-Statesman published a story detailing the legal maneuvers employed by Meyers but rarely seen in traffic court — such as a motion for new trial and a writ of habeas corpus — that delayed the disposition of his case.
A municipal court judge had issued the arrest warrant Oct. 20 when Meyers had failed to pay his fine after pleading guilty to speeding Aug. 8. The warrant put Meyers at risk of being booked into jail if he were pulled over in a traffic stop.
He fought the law and the law won.