A Problem For Harris County Judge Darrell Jordan

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It is a rare for a sitting District Attorney to file a formal complaint about a judge’s alleged misconduct, but it has happened here in Houston. Now just weeks before the election, Kim Ogg has been ordered by the Texas Attorney General to make her allegations against Judge Darrell Jordan public. 

For months, the Democratic District Attorney has tried to keep the judicial conduct commission complaint secret. Jordan is a Democrat and the Administrative Judge of the Harris County Misdemeanor courts. 

Dolcefino Consulting has learned the complaints included allegations the Judge threatened to hold prosecutors in contempt if they tried to fight the release of defendants in his court. Ogg has refused to release emails prosecutors sent regarding the Judge and his conduct on the bench and in chambers. 

Kim Ogg’s office had asked the Office of the Attorney General to let them withhold these crucial documents from the public eye, claiming that they contained confidential information. Judge Jordan also asked the Attorney General to keep the records a secret, claiming that the information was confidential. The DA’s Office and Judge Jordan lost that fight and they were ordered today to release the documents. 

“This is information the voters have a fundamental right to see now. Both Kim Ogg and Darrell Jordan are ono the ballot and Harris County residents are already voting,” said Wayne Dolcefino. “I already knew Judge Jordan was soft on crime, but potential abuse of the bench must be revealed.” 

We have also learned Judge Jordan has also been complained on by at least one other Judge who served in the Harris County Criminal Courts. 

Jordan is the same judge who falsely jailed Dolcefino Consulting President Wayne Dolcefino for contempt in June after Dolcefino tried to question Jordan after complaints of public corruption he was in charge of selecting prosecutors for went uninvestigated for months. 

A hidden camera proved Judge Jordan lied when he claimed Wayne Dolcefino had interrupted a court proceeding. Jordan sentenced Dolcefino to 180 days probation and only released him to appeal after a night in jail.   

That case in on appeal with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. The appeals court has already thrown out the harsh conditions Judge Jordan imposed on the contempt conviction. Jordan is on the ballot for re-election against former Criminal Court at Law Judge Bill Harmon on November 3, 2020.

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