New Braunfels, TX – As a Comal County district court jury deliberated on a sex trafficking case on Jan. 12, the presiding judge interrupted them twice to tell them that God had instructed him to ask that they deliver a not guilty verdict in the matter.
The jury was tasked with determining whether Gloria Romero-Perez, 32, had trafficked her teenaged niece.
Defense attorney Sylvia Cavazos’ request for a mistrial was denied, WSB reported.
Cavazos said she will seek a retrial.
According to the Statesman, legal observers said that the judge’s interruptions constituted a violation of the code of ethics that requires impartiality on the part of jurors. His actions could trigger an investigation by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.
In 2011, the commission determined that Robison improperly jailed a man in a child custody case, after the man called the judge a fool.
The commission issued a private reprimand, and noted that Robison had “exceeded the scope of his authority and failed to comply with the law” when he jailed the man without a hearing or advanced notice of the criminal contempt charge, the Statesman reported.
The commission’s executive director, Eric Vinson, refused to confirm or deny reports that a complaint had been filed against the judge.
Robison also refused to comment on the matter, court administrator Steve Thomas told ABC News.