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Judge Michael Scott Layh of Odessa, TX; ethical gremlin


The state of Texas presented Michael Scott Layh with a law license in 2003 after he graduated from St. Mary’s University Law School.


Former Gov. Rick Perry was duped into appointing Mike as an Ector County court at law judge in 2014. Mike didn’t receive the appointment because he was the most qualified attorney in the Odessa area. He received it because he had proven to be a reliable lackey for the local political hacks.


In one matter, Mike has come under fire from the local elections administrator and a judicial ethics consultant who said he may well having violated the Code of Judicial Conduct by supporting a candidate by sharing political posts on Facebook. (Jon Vanderlaan)


In his Facebook postings, Mike shared a false rumor that election machines were switching votes and unconfirmed rumors of tampered with absentee ballots. Mike then posted the following hyperbolic (BS) statements on his Facebook account.

  • “Yet, the media hammered Trump for not immediately saying he would accept the results!”
  • “Proof of voter fraud is rampant; why should anyone blindly accept the results!!!!”

The Code of Judicial Conduct prohibits endorsing candidates and states as follows:

  • “A judge or judicial candidate shall not authorize the public use of his or her name endorsing another candidate for any public office.”

There can be no doubt that Mike was pimping for Donald Trump’s campaign for president. Any argument to the contrary wouldn’t pass the involuntary laugh test.


Hopefully, Judge Layh has submitted a bill to Donald Trump and/or his campaign manager Kellyanne Conway for reimbursement for the costs he incurred in purchasing a pair of Industrial Strength Knee pads so that he could respectfully genuflect in The Don’s honor without suffering any physical damage.


All that remains now is to see what if any punishment is meted out to Mike by the enablers for Judicial Misfits sitting on the Texas Supreme Court. 


As we speak (ca. November 2016), Mike continues to sit as an Ector County court at law judge in Odessa, Texas.


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