Dec 23, 2013 6:41 PM by Andrew Ellison - email@example.com
KINGSVILLE - An effort is underway to keep a local judge from presiding over cases, amid some damaging allegations.
The Kleberg County District Attorney's Office is asking that Judge Angelica Hernandez, the 105th District Judge, never preside over any of it's felony cases ever again.
The D-A's office filed a motion to recuse Judge Hernandez last week from any future felony cases.
In it's motion to recuse, the D.A.'s Office says Hernandez has continually undermined the office in private and in public.
The D.A.'s Office claims, on one occasion, Hernandez told "the former District Clerk how much she, Judge Hernandez, wanted to 'f*** with' the District Attorney".
The D.A.'s Office also claims Hernandez improperly discussed facts and strategy with an aggravated assault defendant in the Kleberg County Jail.
The motion reads that "in that contact, she told the defendant that the victim in his case probably would not show up for the hearing".
The D.A.'s Office also claims Hernandez often changes plea agreements in favor of defendants.
The office says that by changing the agreements and not simply accepting or rejecting them, the State does not have chance to withdraw the plea and it does not have a chance at a fair trial.
There are other reasons given in the motion, but the bottom line is, the Kleberg County D.A. says Hernandez's actions and comments mean they can't get an impartial trial.
We did reach Judge Hernandez by phone today. She said she's not allowed to comment until the hearing is held.
She added that in the meantime, she cannot preside over any felony cases in Kleberg County.
A date for the hearing has not been set.