Judge to run for DA after resigning following unethical conduct allegations

By Joel Eisenbaum - Investigative Reporter

HOUSTON - A district court judge who resigned Friday following allegations of unethical conduct, will run for Polk County District Attorney.

Elizabeth Coker, 47, filed the necessary paperwork onĀ  Monday to participate in March's Republican primary.

In October, the State Commission on Judicial Conduct investigated Coker for numerous alleged ethical violations during her tenure residing over the 258th district court, including: texting from the bench during trial, favoritism and inappropriate contact with jurors.

The commission also found that Coker, a Baylor University graduate, may not have been truthful during the investigation into her alleged contacts.

Coker agreed to voluntarily resign effective last Friday. She also signed a document promising not to seek office as a Judge.

The agreement does not preclude Coker from serving as District Attorney. She held her position as Judge for more than 14 years.

A call to a working number for Coker was not returned Tuesday.

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