Texas governor Abbott threatens to “remove” Travis County sheriff Sally Hernandez from office if she refuses to enforce Federal immigration law. There’s only one problem with that statement: It directly violates the Texas Constitution.
In fact, Article V, Section 24 of the Texas Constitution reads: “Sec. 24. REMOVAL OF COUNTY OFFICERS. County Judges, county attorneys, clerks of the District and County Courts, justices of the peace, constables, and other county officers, may be removed by the Judges of the District Courts for incompetency, official misconduct, habitual drunkenness, or other causes defined by law, upon the cause therefor being set forth in writing and the finding of its truth by a jury.” In other words, only after a trial by jury can a county officer such as the Sheriff be removed from office.
In other words, a jury trial in Austin would have to convict Sheriff Hernandez of official misconduct before she could be removed from office. Good luck with that…
– Badtux the “These people have no respect for the Constitution” Penguin