Ethics commission reprimands former Angelina Co. JP

HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) - The Texas Ethics Commission has issued a public reprimand against a former Angelina County justice of the peace.

In the reprimand, dated on Feb. 29, the commission found Bradley Stringer "failed to comply with the law and engaged in willful conduct that was inconsistent with the proper performance of his duties and cast public discredit upon the judiciary or the administration of justice by using court funds for his personal benefit" when he used money in the Precinct 3 court to pay expenses at his daycare facility.

It also found Stringer "failed to comply with the law and failed to maintain professional competence in the law by dismissing criminal cases without a motion from the prosecutor and by the delays and confusion caused by" his actions in a civil case. According to the reprimand, Stringer refused to recuse himself due to a conflict of interest and delayed in making decisions on it.

The commission also ruled Stringer "failed to treat litigants and others with the dignity and courtesy expected of a judicial officer" by being absent from court during regular business hours and being seen working at his privately owned daycare.

As of 3:20 p.m., Stringer had not returned calls for comment.

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