Well, one has to give credit to our gal, Patsy -- she is consistent.
When she doesn't like her prosecutors, she makes no bones about throwing them under the bus or distancing herself from them in both the good times and the bad. We all know what she did to Rifi Newaz and Mark Donnelly last week, and knowing the shameless politico like we do, it wasn't really all that surprising.
But today was a day that was actually a day that would shine a positive light on the Office, as Andrew R. Bland, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Houston Office, came to the CJC to personally give awards to Assistant District Attorney's Lance Long and Stephen St. Martin on behalf of the FBI.
Lance and Stephen were both Chief Prosecutors in the Special Crimes' Major Offenders Unit for years until Lykos promptly kicked them out of the Division due to her political cronyism. These guys, along with others, worked day and night, drafting search warrants, arrest warrants, and providing advice to any law enforcement agency dealing with major cases. If you want an analogy, the Special Crimes' Major Offenders Unit is like the Navy Seals of the District Attorney's Office, and prior to their transfers, Lance and Stephen were two of the Division's All-Stars.
In recognition of their work, Special Agent Bland had organized a ceremony on the 6th Floor of the CJC in an effort to show the FBI's gratitude. Stephen was recognized for his work on his several cases, including the Randy Sylvester case (NOTE: Stephen was actually present at the crime scene when police recovered the bodies of Sylvester's children. That is dedication that will break your heart.). Lance was recognized for his work on the Roderick Fountain case, helping investigators trying to recover the body of 3-year-old Kendrick Jackson.
Apparently, getting the District Attorney's Office to participate in honoring two of it's own was a little more difficult than one would have thought, as Pat Lykos and Jim Leitner had little to no interest in actually participating in the plans. Ultimately, however, a ceremony was ultimately planned and it occurred today on the 6th Floor of the CJC at 1 p.m.
Special Agent Bland gave a speech, giving heartfelt thanks to Stephen and Lance, and at some point, Pat Lykos was called upon to say something kind about her prosecutors.
Now here is where I would have guessed wrong -- I would have assumed that Pat would have jumped to the front of the crowd and loudly proclaimed credit for all Stephen and Lance had done.
Instead, she refused to speak or acknowledge their accomplishments.
The situation went from bad to worse, as Lykos was then asked to stand up for pictures with her two prosecutors, which would be a no-brainer for any politico like Lykos.
She refused to have her picture taken with them.
It is worth pointing out that the way I learned of this latest shameful behavior by Pat Lykos was a phone call from a person who does not work for Pat Lykos, but was so horribly offended by her behavior that they felt compelled to call and let me know about it.
How much more is Harris County going to have to take from Pat and her Gang?
On a happier note, congratulations to Stephen and Lance! What an incredible award! Having worked with both of you guys on different occasions, I couldn't be happier for you both!