Category: Kelly Siegler

  • The Anthony Graves Retrial Pregame Show

    In Anthony Graves’s first trial, prosecutor Charles Sebesta had to cheat to win, hiding exculpatory evidence and eliciting perjured testimony (Graves v. Dretke, Fifth Circuit opinion, PDF on Scribd). Now, not only has the evidence that Sebesta suppressed in violation of Brady v. Maryland been revealed so that the next prosecutor trying the case can’t […]

  • Ask the Legal Marketing Guru

    Dear Legal Marketing Guru, I have left government service, and am starting my private criminal law practice as a hired-gun prosecutrix. I have already started creating my brand (“Prosecutor for Hire”) and negging the competition. I have been hired to try a capital case in Wharton County as a special prosecutor. What should I do […]

  • Is Only Kelly Siegler Man Enough to Tell the Truth?

    Given that Americans’ second most common justification for the death penalty’s fairness is its provision of “satisfaction and closure” to the victim’s loved ones, it’s astounding to me that Kelly Siegler (“Prosecutor-for-Hire”, according to her tagline) admits in a blog post that there’s no such thing as closure (H/T AHCL). A successful death penalty prosecutor […]

  • The Hired-Gun Prosecutor

    Kelly Siegler, having left the Harris County DA’s Office, will be working as a special prosecutor on a capital murder case in Wharton County. My admittedly cursory legal research on the question hasn’t revealed legal authority for anyone other than an assistant attorney general to assist in the prosecution of criminal cases, unless the district […]

  • Lykos Wins, in Case You Were Wondering

    Pat Lykos, clearly the less-qualified candidate for Harris County District Attorney, has beaten Kelly Siegler, the champion of the Office’s old guard, in the Republican primary. And so the Holmes-Rosenthal era ends: not with a bang but with a whimper. We defense lawyers have reached no consensus on whether this will improve our lives or […]

  • 70 “Predator” Probations

    I’m glad the Harris County DA’s race is almost over. Partisan politics and offices in the criminal justice really shouldn’t mix. In this election, both sides have tried to deceive the public. Over at the Elect Kelly Siegler Kelly Blog you can read about Pat Lykos’s deceptions; here’s one from Siegler’s campaign. Kelly Siegler’s campaign […]

  • More Truth About Fear

    When I pointed yesterday to the fact that Kelly Siegler’s advice to other prosecutors to “make people afraid” it was intended to be a Sunday-afternoon placeholder until I had time to deal with Kelly’s admonishment in more depth. Judge Caprice Cosper says that there are people whom we punish because we’re mad at them, and […]

  • Works on Voters, Too.

    The Chronicle reports that, “in a 2002 trial skills presentation in Austin, [Harris County DA candidate Kelly] Siegler’s worksheet on final arguments included, ‘Make jury afraid.’”

  • Mean, True, or Both?

    Anonymous blogger AHCL writes a critique of my mood: He’s darker. More angry. More morose. . . . . Where he starts getting mean is in the comments. he argues that Kelly Siegler “bought” Steven Hotze’s support. he states he thinks its “fair” for Kelly to pay for Chuck’s sins (obviously not thinking that “mere […]

  • Three Opinions

    Kelly Siegler is behind 4-1 in the informal poll I’ve conducted down at the courthouse this week of people whose continued employment doesn’t depend on Kelly Siegler’s election. • A former Harris County prosecutor (now a prosecutor elsewhere) who served in Judge Lykos’s court would vote for Pat Lykos over Kelly Siegler, whom he describes […]