Harris County Grand Jury System needs reform

Patricia Pollard: An example of a system gone wrong There are many cliques around the Harris County Criminal Justice Center. In 2012, we saw these factions unite to support a false narrative about then District Attorney Pat Lykos and tarnish many good people in the process. In the old days, for example, the courtrooms of […]

Secret tribunal bill, aka runaway grand jury bill, goes down

As I noted here, SB834 by Estes would have protected and even increased the possibility of runaway grand juries, such as the one in Judge Susan Brown’s 185th District Court. Fortunately, the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee killed it by leaving it pending in committee. The only chance it has now of being revived is […]

Do Texans really want more runaway Grand Juries?

Sen. Craig Estes (R-30) apparently does. Scott Henson over at GritsforBreakfast has the story: Cynics have long maintained that prosecutors could get the typical grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, implying they’re essentially in the pocket of the District Attorney and unlikely to supply a legitimate barrier to wrongful indictments. But if SB 834 by state Sen. […]

Harris County DA debate recap: Pat Lykos v Mike Anderson

Have you ever had an idea for something and then pulled it off exactly as planned? You know that feeling you get when that happens? That is how I feel about the Harris County District Attorney’s debate that was held at the King Street Patriots’ headquarters last night. If you missed it, well, you missed […]

Harris County DA race, runaway grand jury, pioneer woman

A few links for the weekend about the Harris County DA race. First, Charles Kuffner did post his interview with Republican primary challenger, Mike Anderson. Mike continued to make the charge that the DIVERT program and the DA’s “crack pipe trace evidence” policy are illegal. He even stated that the DIVERT program has been ruled […]

Harris County DA Pat Lykos to Rangers: Come on in and sit a spell!

As reported this past Friday, Harris County DA Pat Lykos has invited the Texas Rangers to come down and do a real investigation surrounding the activities of her office and the runaway grand jury from the 185th District Court. This morning, she notified her staff:     From: Salazar, Angela On Behalf Of Lykos, Patricia […]

Harris County DA race: Jolly talks to Johnny

That would be John B. Holmes, Jr. and he was a delight to chat with. We talked for about a half hour and the reports about him are true – you ask him a question, he gives you an answer. And I have to say this for the record: it was great talking to someone […]

Harris County DA race: vote for the commie or Democrat

Okay, so that is a lame headline but headlines are hard to write and I’m just a hayseed from Pasadena, so that is what you get. Today’s fun regarding the Harris County DA’s race comes once again from one of the protagonists (in my opinion) of the runaway grand jury, attorney Chip Lewis. You’ll recall […]

Harris County DA Investigator Don McWilliams goes on the record

Once again we return to the charges from the 185th Grand Jury and media reports that Harris County DA Pat Lykos initiated an “investigation” of said grand jury. The central figure in these allegations is the Harris County DA’s Chief Investigator Don McWilliams. I caught up with him this afternoon and he provided the following […]

Harris County DA’s office: Back to the future?

So, you’re one of those people that have followed the grand jury investigation of the Harris County DA’s office from afar, not really getting into it, receiving only cursory information. I mean, you know about it and you’ve heard people like me say that the whole investigation was a sham and was politically motivated but […]