Upshur Co. Judge suspended following indictments

UPSHUR COUNTY, TX (KLTV) – Upshur County Judge Dean Fowler has been suspended with pay after recent indictments by a grand jury.

Todd Tefteller, the Gilmer attorney representing Judge Fowler says it is standard procedure for the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct to take action when a judge has been indicted.

Judge Fowler and County Commissioner Lloyd Crabtree were both charged with official oppression and abuse of capacity. Sheriff Anthony Betterton was also indicted on official oppression.

The charges stem from the court's ban on public comment, and for removing a man who placed duct tape over his mouth in protest.

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