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A judge overseeing one of the lawsuits over the Proposition B pay parity charter amendment asked lawyers in the suit to remind their clients not to correspond with her directly after a Houston firefighter sent her a Facebook message earlier this month.
State District Judge Kristen Hawkins wrote in a memo that she received a Dec. 2 Facebook message in which the firefighter asked her to explain “the reasoning behind” her decision to grant a temporary restraining order that paused the city’s implementation of Proposition B, a voter-approved amendment to the city’s charter that grants firefighters pay parity to Houston’s Police Department officers.
“You have been granted the power to enforce what is right, and I hope you uphold it,” the message read, according to Hawkins. “Please respect the will of the people. And please respect Houston firefighters.”
Hawkins is barred from commenting on pending legal matters under the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct. She asked parties in the lawsuits to “direct all parties to refrain from any further private communications with the court.”
Hawkins’ memo came days after a different district judge dissolved the restraining order and denied further attempts by the city and Houston Police to delay implementation of the measure.