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Subpoena points to possible investigation of ETX judge

By Layron Livingston - bio | email

CHEROKEE COUNTY, TEXAS (KLTV) - A State Commission on Judicial Conduct investigator could not confirm, or deny whether an investigation is in progress, but on February 23, the Commission served KLTV 7 with a subpoena, asking for our video of the judge's in-court rant.

The footage was shot last September as Jamie Blackshire stood trial and acquitted of beating his girlfriend's two-year-old son to death.

"It looked like the kid had gotten thrown the against the wall, and then stomped," said Thomas Hunter.

Hunter was the foreman of the jury that acquitted Blackshire.

"Had there been a bloody fingerprint, a tooth mark, or anything, the entire jury would have gone another way."

Foreman said when the jury initially went into deliberations, they were convinced Blackshire was guilty, but he said the evidence did not support a guilty verdict "beyond a reasonable doubt."

"The judge's comments were severe and strong because of the gravity of the situation," Hunter said.  The judge admonished the courtroom for celebrating after the verdict was read aloud. The judge said those who cheered should be ashamed   

At one point during his monologue, Bentley insinuated the guilty party was in the courtroom.

"One of you did it, but both of you are responsible," he said.

"I'm not going to say it was appropriate, but it's his views, it was his courtroom and I assume he can do what he wants to," said Ryan Deaton, Blackshire's attorney during the trial.

"[The judge] gave us a fair trial; that's all I ask," said Deaton.

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