Cell Phone Controversy at Nueces County Courthouse

A cell phone text message has led to a messy legal controversy at the courthouse.

Two local attorneys, Prosecutor Doug Mann, and Defense Attorney Eric Perkins were reportedly caught reading text messages on a phone belonging to District Court Judge Angelica Hernandez.

The incident happened Tuesday, Aug. 7, when the judge left her phone on her court manager's desk. The court manager is the one who saw what was going on.

Both attorneys are involved in a capital murder trial, which is set to get underway in the judge's 105th District Court, but Hernandez has now decided to recuse herself from the case. In the meantime, she has ordered that Mann and Perkins attend an ethics class, and has barred them from her courtroom until they do so.

So far, there has been no official comment from anyone involved.


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