A federal judge who filed a grievance against a lawyer for conduct in his personal bankruptcy was permitted to testify against the lawyer in his disciplinary case, the Texas Supreme Court has held. Testimony by a judge in such circumstances may be not only appropriate but required, the state supreme court said. 

Mark Cantu was disbarred in April 2016 after U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Marvin Isgur testified that Cantu improperly concealed and transferred assets in his bankruptcy and “displayed a pattern of omission, obfuscation and noncompliance.” Isgur testified as a fact witness in the discipline case.

Isgur had denied a bankruptcy discharge because of Cantu’s conduct.

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