District Judge Gary L. Steel appointed to State Commission on Judicial Conduct

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Hays County Courthouse, TX – The Supreme Court of Texas recently appointed 274th District Court Judge Gary L. Steel to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. Judge Steel is fulfilling an unexpired term through November 19, 2023.

Photo credited to Hays County Communications.

The State Commission on Judicial Conduct, a 13-member body, investigates alleged violations of judicial misconduct or incapacity. The Commission’s mission is to protect the public, promote public confidence in the integrity, independence, competence, and impartiality of the judiciary, and encourage judges to maintain high standards of conduct both on and off the bench.

Judge Steel will be the only District Judge serving on the Commission.

“It is an honor and privilege to be selected by the Texas Supreme Court to serve on this Commission,” Judge Steel said.

About Judge Gary Steel

Judge Steel received a B.B.A. in Finance (1980) and J.D. (1983) from Texas Tech University. Judge Steel is elected by his colleagues to be Local Administrative Judge for Hays County. He is Chairman of the Guadalupe County Juvenile Board and Vice-Chairman of the Comal County Juvenile Board. Judge Steel is also a sustaining member of the College of the State Bar of Texas. Judge Steel’s Judicial District is composed of Hays, Guadalupe, and Comal Counties.

About the State Commission on Judicial Conduct:

The mission of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct is to protect the public, promote public confidence in the integrity, independence, competence, and impartiality of the judiciary, and encourage judges to maintain high standards of conduct both on and off the bench. The Commission accomplishes this mission through its investigation of allegations of judicial misconduct or incapacity. In cases where a judge is found to have engaged in misconduct or to be permanently incapacitated, the Texas Constitution authorizes the Commission to take appropriate disciplinary action, including issuing sanctions, censures, suspensions, or recommendations for removal from office.

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  1. Hahahahah are you kidding me? I have a family member that has been in jail since March 2021 for a charge that is being prosecuted by Erica and is in Judge Steele’s court that STILL has not been in a pretrial hearing. They haven’t even given the courtesy of furnishing a copy of an indictment- it shows on the website ironically, but he has not been given anything. And still has NOT even gone before the judge
    Sadly, my relative is a UNITEDSTATES VETERAN and has substance abuse issues that the VA is and agreed to pay for his rehabilitation. Does Erica care? Judge Steele? I’m gonna leave this right here……..fix your own county, then let’s work ok the rest. If the jail is over populated, here is a thought. p r bonds, house arrests, DRUG REHABILITATION…..jail isn’t always the answer.

    1. House arrest leads to drug rehabiliation like porn leads to abstinence.

      And the reason he has not been released on personal bond under requirements of 17.151 Code of Criminal Procedure following ninety days in jail prior to trial, is probably well known to you. Namely, he has priors, and has failed to appear in the past and remains wholly unable to account for his own actions. Hence your “solution” of house arrest. Brilliant.

      As opposed to unworthy drug free Veterans, please extend our bitter thanks to your family member for his history of problems foisted upon our community which in your mind now creates a right to accuse what remains of our legal system and replace it with more drug-riddled senseless victimology and chaos masquerading as solutions for ‘fixing our own county.’ If his skin is the right color you may call Mano Amiga in San Marcos. Jordan Buckley shares your belief that any person who does not victimize others has become a victim of society.

    2. Janna hit the nail on the head. I do not have sympathy for habitual offenders. If he was willing to attend a paid in advance rehabilitation, please explain why he didn’t take advantage of that opportunity prior to his breaking the law. Don’t taint the integrity of our country’s veterans by grouping him in with those that serve and continue to be productive humans in society. Get your head out of your ass and stop being a Victim. Airing your family’s dirty laundry on a celebratory article says more about you and your family than Judge Steele.

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