Texas Supreme Court Justice Debra Lehrmann was fined $1,500 by the Texas Ethics Commission this week for accepting an illegal campaign contribution during her 2010 primary election campaign. The Ethics Commission action followed a complaint filed by TPJ in April 2010. The illegal contribution came in the form of a $20,000 loan from Justice Lehrmann's mother-in law. Such loans are deemed contributions and limited by law to $5,000. Lehrmann advanced to a runoff by a margin of only 941 votes. Lehrmann repaid the excess contribution on May 12, 2010 and defeated Rick Green in the May 13 runoff.
Read the Ethics Commission order.
Read the TPJ April 2010 complaint news release.