AUSTIN (KXAN) — One day after Judge Tim Wright turned himself into federal authorities on a nine-count indictment, the State Commission on Judicial Conduct says he won’t be allowed to return to the bench. In an order signed late Wednesday afternoon, the Commission ordered Wright be suspended without pay from the office of County Court at Law No. 2 in Williamson County. The suspension is effective immediately will remain in effect until the Commission makes any changes.
After the federal hearing on Wednesday, Wright was able to walk out of the courthouse but he had to surrender his passport, concealed handgun license, any firearms that were not originally seized and his travel is restricted to Travis, Hays and Williamson County (unless the court authorizes outside travel).
At the time, his attorney was adamant that his client would return to the bench. “The position right now is he is going to stay on the bench because he is innocent. Ultimately the Judicial Conduct Commission will make some adjustments or offer its input,” says attorney Jeff Senter.
A Williamson County spokesperson said the county and its commissioners do not have the authority to remove the judge from the bench or keep him from hearing cases.
Wright’s next appearance will be an arraignment setting before federal Judge Mark Lane on April 15th.
According to court documents, Wright knowingly sold firearms to a convicted felon and he is also accused of smuggling the weapons out of the U.S.