GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) – The attorney for County Court at Law Judge Tim Wright tells KXAN his client is innocent of any charges to be brought three days after agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms served a federal search warrant and raided his home. Dallas-based criminal defense attorney Jeff Senter says Wright retained him after the raid.
“The judge is obviously innocent of any charges to be brought against him. We look forward to learning the facts about the case,” Senter told KXAN Investigator Robert Maxwell.
Elected in 2003, Wright has presided over a court that handles misdemeanor drug and alcohol cases. KXAN asked if being the public focus of a federal investigation would be a distraction for the court. Senter admits the investigation does “affect the conduct of the court” but it’s business as usual for Wright.
“(Judge Wright) is completely capable of doing the job. He’s a man of integrity, a man of concentration, a man of determination. I don’t think it will pose a problem at all,” Senter says.
On Monday, KXAN reached out to Wright between court cases and all he would say is, “I’ve been ordered to keep my mouth shut,” before ending the phone call.
Senter says the judge possesses a federal firearms license but would not say if guns were part of the inventory of what may have been taken from the house during the raid, during which time Wright was at home. The federal warrant in the case has been sealed and no charges have been brought as of Monday.
ATF spokesperson Nicole Strong says they are investigating a “sensitive” case but could not offer further comment. The US Attorney’s Office has yet to be handed any case, but if it does happen, it could come by mid-week, according to Senter.
On the website AR15.com, a chat room poster calling themselves Firemedic41 wrote, “Jim was a close family friend of my parents when I was growing up in Gtown [sic]. I went to school with his daughter. He is a good man and great judge. I hate to see him going through this crap.”