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Texas judge will plead guilty to violating his own stay-at-home order

A Texas judge will plead guilty and pay a fine for violating his own stay-at-home order earlier this spring, the Austin-American Statesman reported.

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell was caught on camera by a neighbor attending his grandson’s birthday party in April, according to the newspaper.

A criminal complaint alleged that the judge violated his own order by having an off-duty sheriff drive him to a fire department to get protective equipment to wear to the party.

Along with the complaint, the incident was also investigated by the Texas Rangers and a special prosecutor was appointed to handle the allegations. 

Gravell’s lawyer, Bill Hines, argued the Texas Rangers have cleared the judge of any wrongdoing and that he is the only person prosecuted in relation to the order in the county.

However, Gravell will pay a $1,000 fine.

Williamson County officials announced last week that the county would transition into the “red” phase of coronavirus, the highest possible level, which indicates uncontrolled transmission.

Texas currently has just under 1.6 million cases of the virus statewide and has reported 21,049 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Its testing positivity rate stands at 10.52 percent as of Tuesday.

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