A judge in Dallas is denying that she instructed a court officer to handcuff a prosecutor to her chair. The prosecutor, pregnant at the time, disagrees.
Etta Mullin faced an ethics hearing brought by the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct.where she denied ordering the pregnant prosecutor handcuffed to her chair. According to Stephanie Ernst she claims she was eight months pregnant when Mullin told her to either start a DWI trial or dismiss it.
According to reports, eleven people testified to the incident. Mullin claims the eleven witnesses are conspiring against her and were lying. Of the eleven witnesses ten were lawyers that Mullin claims disagree with how she runs her courtroom.
Although Mullin lost her judgeship in 2014 in an election she would be prohibited from holding the position in the future if there is an ethical violation.
According to Ernst, she told the judge that the prosecution was not ready to start a DWI and asked to get something to eat.When she told the judge that she would not be in courtroom at 1:30 p.m. she claims the judge told the court officer to handcuff her in her seat until 1:30.
Mullins claims she would never handcuff a woman to her chair yet did order the court officer not to let the prosecutor leave the courtroom.
The DWI case was then dismissed.
This is not Mullin’s first incident. She made headlines for not allowing a lawyer who was recovering from knee surgery to enter he courtroom in shorts.
For what its worth eleven people against one I believe the judge is not being entirely honest.
Patrick Donovan is a Massachusetts criminal attorney.