Critics say Montgomery County jurist’s version of Texas justice crosses the line
Houston Chronicle: Dec. 30, 2014 Updated: Jan. 23, 2015 5:15 p.m., Anita Hassan and Mike Ward
CONROE – Sixteen times in the past four months, defense attorneys have petitioned to have him removed from hearing cases because of perceived bias. Eight times he has gotten the boot. Seven times in six years, appeals courts have found he abused his discretion in rulings.
But state District Judge Michael Seiler, who campaigned as “a prosecutor to judge the predators,” remains the chief enforcer in Texas’ troubled civil-commitment program, a treatment program designed to keep dangerous sex predators off the streets and from which no one has ever graduated.
Now, the jurist who has publicly described the offenders who face him in court as “psychopaths” and once suggested treating sex offenders with castration from the neck up, has become a flashpoint for criticism over whether his version of Texas justice has crossed the line.
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