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Judge Layne Walker steps down effective today to open private law office
BEAUMONT - by Scott Lawrence
KFDM News has learned Judge Layne Walker has stepped down effective today as the longtime judge of the 252nd Criminal District Court in Jefferson County to open a private law office in Beaumont and pursue what he calls a "tremendous business opportunity that is too good to pass up."
He has written a letter of resignation to Governor Rick Perry. Judge Walker's resignation is effective at 8 a.m. Monday.
Judge Olen Underwood, the Presiding Judge of the Second Administration Judicial Region, which includes Jefferson County, will appoint a visiting judge to fill Walker's position until Governor Perry appoints someone to the interim position pending the election this year.
Walker decided not to seek reelection because of the opportunity. In December he told us he never viewed the job as a lifetime pass to remain in office.
Walker served 11 years as judge of the 252nd criminal district court in Jefferson County.
The judge says he's proud of his service. "I've weathered every storm and tried to remain fair in the process," Walker told KFDM. Walker there's no way to please everyone as a judge.
Raquel West, Nathan 'Buddy' Reynolds Jr. and Stella Morrison are running for the seat in the Democratic Primary.
Carolyn Wiedenfeld has filed in the Republican primary.