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Tarrant County JP pleads guilty to tampering with government records, gets probation

Judge Russell Casey, who was reprimanded in 2017 for sexual conduct with his chief clerk, must now answer fraud charges.
Judge Russell Casey, who was reprimanded in 2017 for sexual conduct with his chief clerk, must now answer fraud charges. Star-Telegram archives

Embattled Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace for Tarrant County Russ Casey pleaded guilty to tampering with government records Monday and was given five years probation.

Casey, who withdrew his election bid in January after accusations that he forged signatures to get on the March 6 ballot, resigned after making his appearance in Criminal District Court No. 2 to enter his plea.

He was sentenced to two years in jail, which was converted to five years' probation.

Following his decision to end of his re-election bid, Casey — who was reprimanded last year for having an “improper sexual relationship” with a former clerk — issued a statement saying that Tim O'Hare, Tarrant County Republican Party Chair, was against him.

“It has become apparent to me that Mr. O’Hare is so biased against me that he will stop at nothing to prevent my re-election,” Casey, who represents Precinct 3 in Northeast Tarrant County, said in a written statement given to the Star-Telegram. “I no longer have confidence that a fair election can actually be held while he remains chairman. I do not feel it is in the best interest of the party for me to remain a candidate."

Casey was first elected in 2007 and is serving a term that expires in January 2019. Casey was reprimanded by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, in connection with claims that he engaged in an improper sexual relationship with a former clerk.

Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7752, @mitchmitchel3

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