Why I Will Not Vote for Bill Miller


Jan 20, 2020
By: Jerry A. Goodson
In: Politics

Speaking from personal experience, Judge Bill Miller falls short in judicious execution of justice.

Most voters don't know the character of a district court judge.  I don't know, personally, Bill Miller's character.  I only met the man once.  I attended his swearing in when he was appointed to the bench after Judge Burgess vacated the seat to take another position. 

What I do know is how he mishandled a case in which I was involved.  I don't know his reason or motivation... laziness? ...incompetence? ...politics?  It really doesn't matter.  I just know my character and my career in law enforcement were dealt an unjust, and almost unrecoverable blow.  Judge Bill Miller didn't deal that blow, but he allowed it to happen in his court.  Once the matter was brought to his attention, he certainly refused a fair and just recourse.  He became complicit. 

"Fairness, above all else,
accurate application of the law,
an opportunity to be heard,
integrity and justice are my goals every day."

Source:  Bill Miller's Re-election Press Release to TXKToday

In my case, there was no fairness.  There was no accurate application of the law.  I had no opportunity to be heard.  Under his watch, assistant district attorney covered up her incompetent prosecution of a case by mis-characterizing my intent, actions, and service.  

This isn't a smear campaign against Bill Miller.  This isn't stuff I'm making up, either.  It's a matter of public record.  You can go to the District Clerk's office in Linden, Texas, and request to view the case file for Cause No. 2015F00025.

While all the information isn't up-to-date surrounding this drama, you can read
what led up to it in my previous post:  In the Interest of Justice.

Bill Miller denied my request for a meeting.  In his final letter rejecting my request for a meeting, he misquoted Canon 3(B)(8) of the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct.  It states:

 (8) A judge shall accord to every person who has a legal interest in a proceeding, or that
 person's lawyer, the right to be heard according to law. A judge shall not initiate, permit, or
 consider ex parte communications or other communications made to the judge outside the
 presence of the parties between the judge and a party, an attorney, a guardian or attorney ad
 litem, an alternative dispute resolution neutral, or any other court appointee concerning the
 merits of a pending or impending judicial proceeding. A judge shall require compliance with
 this subsection by court personnel subject to the judge's direction and control.

He told me he couldn't meet with me by adding the word, "past."  The Texas Code of Judicial Conduct does NOT prohibit him from discussing a case that has been closed.  I confirmed that assertion with a half-dozen area attorneys and a former District Court Judge.

Furthermore, that same Code of Conduct guarantees every interested party in a case the RIGHT to "be heard."  I was not afforded that right. 

Why? 

Because that same assistant district attorney "talked him out of" bringing me before the court for some kind of judicial punishment based on what she told him about me.  She "talked him out of it."  

Why?

Because the last thing she wanted, in this case, was for me to be afforded the opportunity to tell my side of the story!

Why? 

Because SHE "screwed up," and her way of fixing her mistake was to assassinate my character and my service.

I'm not saying Bill Miller is a bad guy, or even a bad judge; however, he sure messed up on his handling of this case, and that's why I won't vote for him... and you shouldn't, either.

I am voting for Monty Murry for 5th District Court Judge.



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