Category: Harris County Corruption

  • The Tip of the Iceberg

    I’ve now heard about two Republican criminal court judges telling other judges that they will not give court appointments to criminal-defense lawyers who are running for other Republican criminal court judges’ benches. It’s unattributable at this point, but my sources are credible and have provided information in the past that has turned out to be […]

  • Revisiting the Problem of the Working Poor

    Andrea Marsh of the Texas Fair Defense Project comments: I think you’re letting the judges who won’t appoint counsel to indigent bail defendants off too easily. These judges are violating the law, whether they straight out deny an application based on bond status (CCP 26.04(m)) or hold applications for counsel while repeatedly resetting cases in […]

  • Frivolous Conflicted Representation. Where Else but Harris County?

    From Social Services for Feral Children comes this story, which the Houston Chronicle seems to have flat-out missed. Follow along here: Elizabeth Shelton has a car crash. She rear-ends Lance Bennett (no relation AFAIK; I have a cousin Lance who went to LSU, but I don’t think he’s a truck driver). Her boyfriend, Matthew McNeice […]

  • Not Fail-Safe in the Courthouse

    I’ve heard several reports that when the power blinked out yesterday at the Harris County Criminal “Justice” Center all of the electronically actuated doors (including exits from holdover areas to courtrooms, and doors to fire stairs) locked. That’ll make things really exciting when there’s a fire and a power outage at the same time.

  • Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc?

    We lawyers are supposed to be reasonable, logical folk. We’re supposed to resist logical fallacies like post hoc ergo propter hoc. But sometimes it’s just too hard. For example: 1987 – 2007 Prosecutor Kelly Siegler spends 21 years in Harris County DA’s office; December 27, 2007 Harris County DA Chuck Rosenthal is brought down by […]