In re Carrillo – Case Brief Summary (Texas)

In In re Carrillo, 542 S.W.2d 105 (Tex. 1976), the Commission initiated removal proceedings against Carillo, a district judge, pursuant to section 1-a. See Carrillo, 542 S.W.2d at 106.

The Commission appointed a master to hear evidence and file a report. Id. A pending impeachment proceeding in the Texas Senate was postponed to await the master's report. Id. at 107.

After the master found Carrillo guilty of eleven of twelve charges, the Senate voted to remove Carillo from office. Id. at 106-07.

The Commission subsequently filed its own findings with the Supreme Court and recommended removal. Id. at 106.

arrillo filed a petition to reject this recommendation, alleging in part that the case was moot because of the impeachment proceeding. Id.

The Supreme Court disagreed because the Constitution provides several methods for removal of district judges, none of which is an "exclusive remedy." Id. at 108. "More than one method may be pursued concurrently." Id.