Harris County DA Race: Republicans should re-elect Pat Lykos

Pat Lykos

It is time to make a choice. Early voting starts Monday, here are the locations and times.  If you have not made up your mind about the Harris County District Attorney, perhaps I can help. I’m voting for Judge Pat Lykos and here is why.

Justice. First and foremost, that is the word that pushed, pulled, and shoved me from my position as an observer of the race to a fierce supporter of Judge Pat Lykos. Justice is more than allowing our law enforcement officers to arrest anyone at any time for any reason and locking them up and throwing away the key. I’m convinced, and the record supports me, that Judge Lykos understands what justice is and how, as the chief policy maker on justice in Harris County, she can affect how justice is achieved.

Her opponents disagree with me. Notice I said opponents because although only one person is on the ballot, former Judge Mike Anderson, most of her opponents are not supporters of Judge Anderson – they are haters of Judge Lykos. This second group is loud and vicious and they do not accept facts. They never gave her a chance in her first term, even as she made positive change after positive change. They would much rather throw back a six pack on duty, then head downstairs to fire off a few rounds at the gun range than they would acknowledge that the courthouse should not be a frathouse.

Judge Lykos has made many, many positive changes to make certain that a citizen in Harris County has a chance at justice. Her policy of not prosecuting “trace” evidence cases means that a defendant has an opportunity to have the evidence against her tested, while at the same time lowering the cost to taxpayers of incarcerating non-violent offenders. Judge Lykos’ innovative DIVERT program holds promise at reducing recidivism in DWI cases and lowering the death rate. Against much criticism from the crowd that wants to be back in control of the DA’s office, she is finding criminals that other administrations gave up on and bringing them to justice. She is partnering with other agencies around the county, establishing databases that reduce gang activity. She cleaned up a known gang infested, crime infested apartment complex that her predecessors allowed to run wild.

In short, she is keeping her campaign promises. When was the last time you saw an elected politician do that?

Her ballot opponent, Judge Mike Anderson, has not run an honorable race. I don’t know why that is because, as I said earlier, he seems to be a stand up guy. He has a good track record and was by all accounts a good prosecutor. The only reason that I can think of for his dishonorable campaign is his choice of campaign consultant but even then, he must accept responsibility for that low-life because he chose him. Even today, I heard radio ads designed to make it look like the DA’s office is currently a cesspool of corruption – a smear job not supported by ANY facts. Judge Anderson takes shots at the DIVERT program even as his friend, Judge Bill Harmon, allows his own friends to enter it but not ordinary citizens. In fact, rather than forcing people to take responsibility for their actions, Judge Harmon DISMISSES DWI cases and puts people back on the street because of his dislike for Judge Pat Lykos. And Judge Anderson publicly supports this.  I wonder what he will say when the word starts making the rounds about his role in the Hugh Foreman case?

And that dishonorable campaign goes to the heart of the matter. I truly believe that Judge Anderson believes that if you are investigated, you are guilty – how could I not believe that given his record in this race? That mentality is not what I want anywhere close to the courthouse. We are innocent until proven guilty – I truly do not think that Judge Anderson believes that, given his record.

The biggest charge against Judge Lykos is that the morale at the office is low. This circles right back to the fact that she broke the grip of the frathouse on the courthouse. Hey, you’d be mad too if you were used to three hour, three martini lunches and all of a sudden the new boss says no mas. Sucks to be you, I guess. But great to be a taxpayer, knowing that someone is watching out for your interests.

Here is what I have to say about the morale of these coddled juveniles we call ADAs (and ex-ADAs). Grow up. Take charge of your life. Stop acting like you are in seventh grade and stop following the crowd. It can only help you. As a taxpayer, I don’t give a rat’s rear end that you are sad because Judge Lykos took your beer bong away.

I hope you will join me in voting to re-elect Judge Pat Lykos as the Harris County District Attorney. Your life and the lives of your children may, quite literally, depend upon it.

Comments

  1. Aggie says

    David,
    Thank you for the thorough examination of this race. Your treatment of the candidates was very fair and unbiased. I will vote to allow Judge Lykos to continue with her reforms. By the time she finishes, Harris county residents will be proud of the DA’s office.

  2. conservative values count says

    AMEN Brother David!

    The ADAs are mad their frat house days are over and I’m glad they are finally being held accountable. I have to work a full day for a full days pay and it’s about time ADAs spent more time in court than in the bar during work hours.

    That being said what I find even more disturbing than Mike Anderson wanting to re-open fraternity row is the fact you point out that Mike Anderson could care less about real justice.

    How someone runs a campaign is forboding as to how he will perform in office. Not only did Mike Anderson choose to hire Allan Blakemore as his campaign manager and mudslinger in chief, his campaign theme appears to be based on orchestrating an investigation into Lykos that went no where yet he holds out his exonerated opponent as guilty in fact. That mindset is toxic for a DA to have.
    If a grand jury were to investigate David Jennings and find him to be innocent does it not follow that a Mike Anderson DA would want Mr. Jennings incarcerated anyway?

    An investigation does not equate to guilt if justice is what you are seeking and justice demands that Pat Lykos be re-elected as DA.

  3. conservative values count says

    On his blog, “Life at the Harris County Criminal Justice Center”, Murray Newman asks at the close of his May 13th post:
    “Also, consider what will happen if the Rangers do end up filing some sort of charges against the Lykos Administration between now and November…”.

    By all reasonable accounts there is a greater liklihood that Mr. Newman will win the lottery than the Texas Rangers ever offering charges to a GJ in this matter.
    However, according to the Anderson innuendo campaign and fear mongering tactics Lykos has not only been indicted, she has already been tried and convicted and is awaiting public execution.
    A public hanging or firing squad is the only undecided issue.

  4. David Jennings says

    Hey, fish, I was going to use that in an update on the race, probably tomorrow. Did you find out how much it costs to rent a courtroom?

  5. Sophia Laner says

    I feel that the media is skewed towards Lykos when there are serious concerns about her ethics suggesting even serious corruption. The problem is we don’t have time to have trial and reach verdict prior to primary. I’ve worked in criminal law for 13 years as a legal assistant. I recall Judge Anderson being well liked by both Prosecutors and Defendants’ attorneys. It seemed that both sides of the Bar respected him equally. That always made us feel decisions were fair, even if we lost. I feel people are slinging mud and picking splinters from his eyes simply because they’re so biased for Lykos, refusing to acknowledge serious issues. My vote Anderson!

  6. Sophia Laner says

    I’m curious why people are so sold out on Lykos? Is it friendships? Do you consider equally the faults each has simply by being human?