State Bar of Texas Puts Prosecutor on 18 Months of Probation

The State Bar of Texas has sanctioned a prosecutor by putting her on 18 months of probation for violating a gag order in a 2009 murder case.

Williamson County District Attorney Jana Duty, who in March lost her re-election bid, must serve probation through November 2017. Duty can practice law during the period but must do continuing legal education.

The sanction involves professional misconduct by Duty in the case of Crispin Harmel, who's accused of strangling Jessica Kalaher.

A judge last August cited Duty for violating a gag order barring attorneys in the case from doing interviews. Duty has said she contacted a reporter to deny allegations that she withheld evidence. She served a weekend in jail for contempt of court.

Duty didn't immediately return a message for comment Tuesday.

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