A judge in Texas paid a $1,000 fine for violating his own coronavirus “stay home” order.
Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell agreed to pay the fine when he was charged with violating the very emergency coronavirus order he extended, KVUE-TV reports:
“Judge Bill Gravell was charged on Monday, Nov. 23, for violating his emergency management plan in spring 2020 when he attended his grandchild's birthday party, according to his attorney and court records.
“Back in April, Gravell extended the county's Stay Home Stay Safe order until the end of the month.”
Gravell’s transgression was exposed at that time when a neighbor took pictures of the judge violating the order and posted them on the Web. After a criminal complaint was filed, a special prosecutor was appointed to look into the matter, leading to the charges against Gravell.
The judge paid the highest possible fine for violating the order and has apologized for his “lapse in judgement.”