Elizabeth E. Coker

Elizabeth E. Coker

A judge has unwittingly helped to uncover the shambolic nature of the US justice system after she was court texting advice to prosecutors to help them to win convictions.

Texas district Judge Elizabeth E. Coker is now reported to have resigned after sending text messages to prosecutors with suggestions on questions to ask in court in order to secure a conviction.

The resignation comes after she was found to have “had engaged in improper ex parte text communications with Polk County Assistant District Attorney Kaycee Jones while Judge Coker presided” during a 2012 criminal trial.”

It was then reported that the State Commission on Judicial Conduct “commenced an investigation into allegations that Judge Coker used Assistant District Attorney Jones to privately communicate information” about the case “to suggest questions for the prosecutor to ask during the trial” among other issues.”

In addition, she was also alleged to have engaged in other “improper communications” and meetings with Jones, other members of the Polk County prosecutor’s office, the San Jacinto County District Attorney and certain defense attorneys.

For decades, many of those accused by police of crimes in the US have alleged that a cosy relationship exists between judges, lawyers, police and prosecutors.

Many are simply dismissed as crookes that are trying to escape from their punishment, because they rarely have the resources to formally investigate and prove their claims.

However, cases like this help to shed a whole new light on the matter and leave many unanswered questions about the extent to which this occurs.

Coker has so far failed to admit any guilt or fault.

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