Judge Reprimanded for Inappropriate Comments

The Court of the Judiciary has issued a public reprimand against Red Bank City Judge Johnny D. Houston, in response to a complaint filed against him. The reprimand relates to a complaint arising from a comment made by Houston following an October 2011 judicial hearing. According to the reprimand, Houston "told a group of men accused of robbing and beating a Red Bank man to death that he wished he could 'pull a trap door' and send them 'straight to hell right now' before sending their cases to a grand jury." Houston also has General Sessions jurisdiction in Hamilton County.

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