Category: Harris County courts

  • 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, […]

  • 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 […]

  • Blog à Clef, for Now.

    I am sorely tempted today to write about The Clown and The Snake—the incompetent, biased judge and the lying prosecutor—and use their names, creating a permanent googleable record. There would be good in it. The voters should know about The Clown, and if he knew that his hijinks might be published, it's not unimaginable that […]

  • 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 […]

  • The End Result

    This is the case on which I was deselected from the jury last week. Now I’m glad Caroline “Wonder Woman” Dozier decided to strike me; I wouldn’t want to be remembered for having sent a guy to prison during my tenure as HCCLA President. The jury gave the defendant life in prison plus a $10,000 […]

  • Irony or Stupidity?

    A comment, in response to the Houston Chronicle’s front-page article today about the possible release, on PR bonds, of low-risk pretrial detainees (which article incorrectly describes the accused as “offenders”): This is a horrible idea! Releasing them on PR bonds defeats the purpose of tough justice. We need to keep them there so that we […]

  • Somewhere Napoleon is Smiling

    Over two years ago, shortly before the most recent election for the fifteen Harris County Criminal Court at Law (misdemeanor) benches, there was a brouhaha at the Harris County Criminal Justice Center about a politically incorrect email sent by CCCL6 Judge Larry Standley to other judges: The issue: an e-mail [captioned, “What in the world […]

  • Real Life Experience, Applied

    I’ve written here many times about my opinion that the best judges are people whose life experience is broader and deeper than the ordinary high school-to-law school-to-DA’s office-to-bench career track. I’ve also mentioned my friend Kevin Fine before: he’s the guy I called when one of my friends was in Deep East Texas trouble; Kevin […]

  • New Judges and Reversal Rates

    It will be interesting to see the changes in the next few years. With eight courts being led by judges on a “learning curve,” watch their dockets increase. Watch the appellate courts reverse decisions, the tax dollars wasted and the criminals who are set free. Last week I discussed the first part of this chicken-littling […]