Business leader Jim Schwertner just put out a press release regarding a Press Conference that is being held at 10am tomorrow morning on the Courthouse steps in Georgetown. According to the press release, Mr. Schwertner, several elected officials, business leaders and concerned citizens will attend. They are demanding the immediate resignation of Williamson County District Attorney Jana Duty.
Duty was sanctioned by the State Bar of Texas for the second time yesterday. Her law license was suspended for 18 months. The suspension was fully probated and the State Bar has placed Duty on 18 months probation. Over the past year, Duty has been found to have intentionally withheld evidence in a capital murder case, admitted to lying under oath, found guilty of violating a court order, arrested and jailed for contempt of court and rarely shows up to work. Several media outlets have attempted to contact Duty but she refuses to take their calls.
Duty is not only dodging media calls, according to sources at the courthouse, is only showing up to work “maybe once a week” since last November.
Duty agreed to a plea deal with the State Bar of Texas who concluded that the following Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct have been violated by Duty. Duty acknowledged and agreed she violated these rules and was sanctioned for Professional Misconduct: 4.01 (a), 3.04(d), 8.02(a), 8.04(a)(3).
- Disciplinary Rule 4.01 (a) Truthfulness in Statements to Others
- Disciplinary Rule 3.04 (d) Violating Court Order
- Disciplinary Rule 8.04 (a)(3) Dishonesty, Deceit, Misrepresentation
- Disciplinary Rule 8.02 (a). Judicial and Legal Officials (a) A lawyer shall not make a statement that the lawyer knows to be false or with reckless disregard as to its truth or falsity concerning the qualifications or integrity of a judge, adjudicatory official or public legal officer, or of a candidate for election or appointment to judicial or legal office.
Below is a press release from Jim Schwertner.