Burnet County Judge apologizes for suggesting suspect’s lynching

Judge James Oakley post on Facebook (via Facebook)
Judge James Oakley post on Facebook (via Facebook)

BURNET, Texas (AP/KXAN) — Burnet County Judge James Oakley is apologizing for a social media post that said a “tree and a rope” were needed for the man accused of fatally shooting a San Antonio police detective.

Oakley, the county’s top administrator, shared the San Antonio Police Department’s Facebook post of the suspect’s mugshot on Monday and within the comments wrote: “Time for a tree and a rope…” One person responded to his comment by stating that as an elected official, Oakley’s remarks were in a “foul manner.”

In an email to KXAN, Oakley says his “off the cuff comment” was “curt and harsh.” Oakley says he deleted the post the same day and says he should have been “more thoughtful and comprehensive in my expression.” He goes on to say it wasn’t the suspect’s ethnicity that spurred the comment but rather the “cowardly crime.”

Oakley is an administrative judge and does not preside over any criminal court proceedings.


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