Posts Categorized: Rep. Lon Burnam

Report from 2010 Lobby Day During Anti-Death Penalty Alternative Spring Break

Texas House Speaker’s Committee Room By Hooman Hedayati As part of the 2010 Anti-Death Penalty Lobby Day on March 18, I and several students participating in the Anti Death Penalty Alternative Spring Break visited several offices of Texas legislators at the capitol in Austin with information on Hank Skinner. We asked legislators to write clemency letters…read more

Report Fom Our Second Lobby Day Against the Death Penalty This Year

Yesterday, we were at the Texas capitol from 9:30 to 1 AM meeting with legislators about HB 2267 to end the death penalty under the Law of Parties, talking to the media and testifying at the hearing on the Sharon Keller impeachment resolution. We spoke with members of the Calendars Committee about the Law of…read more

Hearing Set for Sharon Keller Impeachment Resolution

We have heard that the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence will hold a public hearing on the proposal to impeach Judge Sharon Keller on Monday, April 27. This resolution, HR 480 by Lon Burnam, would create a select committee in the House to investigate further whether Sharon Keller should be impeached for her…read more

Texas judge faces public hearing for conduct over 2007 death-penalty appeal

That’s Diane Jennings latest article at the Dallas Morning News. You can read the notice of formal proceedings here. The top judge of Texas’ highest criminal court was told Thursday that she’ll have to publicly defend her 2007 decision to close the court at 5 p.m. rather than allow a last-minute appeal in the case…read more

Notice of Formal Proceedings Against Sharon Keller

In 2007 Texas Moratorium Network was one of several groups that filed a judicial complaint against Sharon Keller. Our complaint was co-signed by almost 1900 people. In 2007, we also talked to several legislators who also subsequently signed on to a complaint or filed their own complaints against Keller: Reps Dutton, Olivo, Coleman, Farrar and…read more

New York Times Editorial: Investigating Judge Keller

February 19, 2009New York TimesEDITORIALInvestigating Judge Keller Sharon Keller, a Texas appellate court judge, made headlines in 2007 when she was reported to have ordered the court clerk’s office to close promptly at 5 p.m., preventing a death-row inmate from filing an emergency appeal. The inmate was executed. A Texas legislator is now trying to…read more

Press Release: Lawmaker Seeks Impeachment of State Judge

For Immediate Release Lawmaker Seeks Impeachment of State Judge (Austin, TX) – A Fort Worth area Rep. Lon Burnam filed a resolution to begin the impeachment process against Judge Sharron Keller, the Presiding Judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. The resolution accuses Judge Keller of “neglect of duty” for declining to keep her…read more

Text of the Sharon Keller Impeachment Resolution

81R8266 JSA-F By: Burnam H.R. No. 480 R E S O L U T I O N WHEREAS, The House of Representatives of the Texas Legislature has exclusive power to present articles of impeachment against a state officer under Section 1, Article XV, Texas Constitution, and Chapter 665, Government Code; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED,…read more