Texas Woman Arrested After Filing to Run for Judge

Woman's application later rejected

Saturday, Mar 10, 2012  |  Updated 10:32 AM CDT
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Texas Woman Arrested After Filing to Run for Judge

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Woman arrested and charged with tampering with governmental records shortly after filing her candidate application.

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A woman seeking to run for district court judge in Texas has been arrested and charged with tampering with governmental records shortly after filing her candidate application.

The Montgomery County Courier reports Jessica Siegel was taken into custody by Texas Rangers around 4:30 p.m. Friday at Montgomery County Republican Headquarters in Conroe. First Assistant District Attorney Phil Grant declined to provide further comment on the case.

Steve Simonsen, legal counsel for the county party, says the arrest had to do with conflicting information on a previous application.

Siegel was seeking to run against incumbent Tracy Gilbert for 418th state District Court post. The party later decided to reject Siegel's application.

Siegel's friend Jennie Morton, who was with Siegel at the time, said she was "mortified" by the arrest.

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