Upshur County judge suspended after indictment
GILMER, Texas (AP) - A state panel has suspended indicted Upshur
County Judge Dean Fowler in an official oppression investigation
that led some residents to protest by covering their mouths with
The suspension was announced Tuesday by the State Commission on
Fowler attorney Todd Tefteller says the suspension, with pay, is
standard procedure when a judge has been indicted.
County commissioners in September decided to stop hearing public
comment. A protester in November who put duct tape over his mouth
was removed from the public meeting.
A grand jury Dec. 29 indicted Fowler on charges of official
oppression and abuse of power. Two other county officials also were
indicted. No trial dates have been set.
County commissioners on Dec. 30 voted to lift the ban on public
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