From Brian Chasnoff at the Express-News:
This week, the commission issued one such statement, rebutting and thwarting a decree made by Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed.
On Feb. 20, Reed sent a letter advising the judges of Bexar County's criminal district courts that the county's part-time magistrate judges were violating the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct by practicing criminal law. (Magistrates perform duties such as setting bond amounts and issuing search warrants.)
Reed sent a similar letter to Bexar County Magistrate Judge Michael Ugarte, requesting that “action be taken to prevent the part-time magistrates from practicing law.
“In both letters, (Reed) suggested that her office would be forced to take action if the concerns expressed in the letters were not immediately addressed,” according to the statement.