Bell County has a new Justice of the Peace.
Daryl Keith Peters was sworn in Monday morning as Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4, Place 1.
He is replacing Claudia Brown who was removed from the bench last month after a jury found her incompetent to keep her position.
But, Brown is not backing down. She filed a motion to appeal the jury’s decision on March 11th, because she says she wants the option to resign.
“I am not incompetent. And there’s no reason for them to make me lose my job when I’ve already been punished by the Judicial Conduct Commission, I received a public reprimand. That should have been enough. Anything else is called double jeopardy, which is unconstitutional,” said Claudia Brown, former Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4, Place 1.
Brown is fighting for what she deserves, to be able to resign and get $100,000 for court costs and lost wages.
“People have seen me age going through this process in the two years that I’ve been there. I had dark hair (laughs) I didn’t have as many wrinkles, I was fatter. And so it has worn on me, but I was determined to go the full course,” said Brown.
Brown says her trial was rigged from the very beginning.
“The deck was stacked against me in terms of what the jurors heard and what they were allowed to vote on in order to have me out,” said Brown.
Daryl Keith Peters replaced her Monday morning.
“Mr. Peters, I think that he will see what I’ve gone through and he’s a smart man. I think he’s going to do well, and I’m going to be there to help him if he needs my help, we’re within walking distance of each others homes,” said Brown.
Judge Peters says he is ready for the challenge.
“I’m excited, about the new position, the job and I understand the challenges that come with the job, it’s going to be some long hours that I’m going to have to put in, some research and going through some training process to understand the laws and how things work and that’s what I look forward to doing,” said Peters.
Judge Peters jumped right into his new role on Monday, marrying his first couple and learning all the rules and regulations.
Claudia Brown says she will use her free time now to continue to help in the community.