Conroe, May 17 – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will appear at the Montgomery County Courthouse at 2 p.m. today, May 17, 2017, with Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Wayne Mack to announce that the State of Texas will take some legal action to protect Judge Mack’s tradition of beginning courtroom sessions with a prayer. Paxton’s press release announced that religious leaders from across the State of Texas will appear with Paxton and Mack at this special announcement.
Mack begins each day of his judicial proceedings with a prayer by one of the participants in the Chaplain program which the County utilizes to assist family members of people who have died and whom the Justices of the Peace must examine and make a declaration of death. Mack invites individuals attending the Courtroom proceedings to leave if they feel uncomfortable with the prayer and assures them that any such decision to leave will have no affect upon their treatment in the Courtroom.
The State Commission on Judicial Conduct has already determined that Mack’s Courtroom prayer does not violate the Texas Judicial Conduct Code.