Category: elections

  • Vote for Loren Jackson

    If you are in Harris County and you haven’t voted yet, please go vote for Loren Jackson for District Clerk. I’d rather you didn’t vote straight-ticket anything, but if you feel compelled, out of some ovine instinct, to vote straight-ticket Republican, please cast one vote against the straight ticket and for Jackson. Friday 10/29 is […]

  • The Blind Leading the Blind . . .

    . . . to vote for the blind. There are great Republican candidates for Harris County criminal benches in next month’s elections: Vanessa Velasquez, Marc Carter, Mike McSpadden, Larry Standley. A straight-ticket sweep either way would be about equally bad, but an honest man familiar with the Harris County courthouse could, with a straight face, […]

  • Harris County District Clerk Candidate Chris “Lightweight” Daniel

    A sweep by either party in Harris County’s 2010 elections will be disastrous. The people of Harris County can no more afford to lose Vanessa Velasquez (Republican incumbent for the 183rd District Court), or Mike McSpadden (Republican incumbent for the 209th District Court), or Larry Standley (Republican incumbent for County Criminal Court at Law Number […]

  • 2010 Judicial Endorsements

    Most of this year’s Harris County judicial elections are worthy of little more than a shrug. I had a sorely disillusioning experience trying a case for almost two weeks before former criminal-defense lawyer Ruben Guerrero, who a) is sorely deficient in judicial temperament and knowledge; b) even the jurors could tell was biased toward the […]

  • 2010 Harris County Judicial Races

    NOTE TO JUDGES, JUDICIAL CANDIDATES, AND OTHER READERS WHOSE IQs MIGHT FALL ONE STANDARD DEVIATION OR MORE BENEATH THE NORM: THESE ARE NOT ENDORSEMENTS. LINKS ARE TO CANDIDATES’ WEBSITES, IF I FOUND SUCH WEBSITES, OR TO WHAT I’VE WRITTEN HERE ABOUT A CANDIDATE. Because I haven’t seen this information gathered together anywhere else: Court Democratic […]

  • How to Run for TCDLA Director or Officer

    From the TCDLA Bylaws, Art. IX Sec. 3: A qualified member who desires election as an officer, director or associate director of the Association may file a petition to that effect. Such petition shall set forth the office sought and shall have attached to it the signed statements of twenty (20) members who believe the […]

  • TCDLA’s Broken Election Process

    You get something like this in the mail, addressed to you:You know you’ve got no business with the accountancy that sent it. You’re a criminal-defense lawyer, and have no business with accountants as a general rule. Do you: a) Figure it’s junk mail, and roundfile it; orb) Figure it’s important, and open it immediately? I […]

  • Judge Susan Brown: Praise the Lord and Bring Your Toothbrush [Updated]

    Last week Houston judge Susan Brown jailed a woman for thanking God for her husband’s acquittal (Rick Casey, Chronicle). “It wasn’t an angry thing,” she said of the wife’s outburst. “Every black preacher teaches us to thank the Lord.” Um, okay, that justifies 36 hours in jail? [Update: According to criminal-defense lawyer Vivian King, who […]

  • Support Loren Jackson

    In the Houston Bar Association’s Judicial Qualification poll, our District Clerk, Loren Jackson was rated “well qualified” by 1,056 of the responding lawyers, and “not qualified” by only 60. By contrast, his two challengers were rated “well qualified” by 58 and 40 lawyers, and “not qualified” by 244 and 256, respectively. Nobody elseFew others in […]

  • CCCL3: Anyone But Sharolyn Wood

    I may build up more interest in this year’s criminal court elections in Harris County, but for right now, this is what irks me: Sharolyn Wood, who claimed after the election in 2008 that an “unspoken agreement” that experienced judges not be challenged was “tossed out,” is now running for County Criminal Court At Law […]