Posted Oct 19, 2010 02:21 pm CDT
More than 30 lawyers showed up at the Collin County Courthouse on Monday to demonstrate support for a judge indicted on bribery charges.
The lawyers stood and applauded State District Judge Suzanne Wooten as she entered the courtroom, the Dallas Morning News reports. An indictment accuses two people of giving up to $150,000 in contributions to Wooten’s election campaign in exchange for favorable rulings, the story says.
Sharon Curtis, president of the Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, spoke for the lawyers gathered in the courtroom, according to the Dallas Morning News account.
“We wanted to make sure you know we’re supporting you 100 percent,” Curtis said. “We’re not going to let this die. It’s nothing but a witch hunt.”
Later on Monday, Wooten was suspended with pay. Her lawyer, Peter Schulte, said he expects her to be fully exonerated. In a prior Dallas Morning News story, he called the bribery charges part of a political vendetta.