Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A New First Assistant

Okay, I'm going to admit to the title of this being somewhat misleading (although accurate).

You can rest assured that Harris County still has the same First Assistant (at least in title) and that Jim Leitner's huevos are still resting comfortably in Pat Lykos' purse.

However, the Galveston County District Attorney's Office apparently has a new First Assistant . . .

Donna Goode.

One of the increasingly cliched statements I keep hearing on this blog is "Pat Lykos vowed to create the best District Attorney's Office in the Nation, and she has . . . just in another county." Both Galveston and Montgomery County have reaped the incredible benefit of dedicated public servants who have joined them when the Gang Who Couldn't Shoot Straight became too unbearable to work for.

I think it is worth pointing out that Donna Goode more than had her retirement points in and could very easily have settled into a well deserved retirement, but she didn't.

There is something special about prosecutors -- especially career ones. Lykos, Leitner, Bridgwater, and the rest of the Branch Davidians may have been successful in running Donna out of Harris County, but nothing they did could take the prosecutor out of her.

The situation that Bridgwater created (and Lykos condoned) with Donna has now proven itself to be a clear definition of winners and losers in Harris County. I'll let you decide for yourself who is who.

Right now, I'm too busy applauding Galveston County and Donna Goode.

On a side note, speaking of huevos and who has them (and who doesn't), major kudos to George Weissfisch for his speech at Baby Prosecutor's school today. George, a former Harris County prosecutor spoke at the semi-annual seminar hosted by the Texas District and County Attorney's Association. His topic was prosecuting DWI offenses in Texas, and his audience was the entirety of rookie prosecutors in the state.

If Roger Bridgwater didn't like Donna Goode disagreeing with him during a Tuesday morning Show and Tell meeting with an audience of about 25, he probably nearly imploded with George blasting the new Pre-Trial Diversion policy and Bridgwater himself to a room filled with hundreds of prosecutors from across the State.

Don't you just know that Bridgwater was wishing he could rehire George for the sole purpose of firing him? Doesn't it suck when your bullying power isn't there any more, Roger?

My message to George is simple: You rock, dude.

I'm glad that you took the opportunity to call out a bad administration and let them know that what they were doing is wrong.

And reminding them that the First Amendment is still alive and well.

So, this evening, if you're around a beverage of an alcoholic nature, raise your glass and have a toast.

Here's to Donna and to George.

I'm glad there are some people out there that can still remember what being a prosecutor is all about.

66 comments:

Jason said...

Have you considered (or tried) getting on as an assistant DA in an adjoining county?

A Harris County Lawyer said...

I considered it, Jason, but my little boy lives in Harris County and I'm not moving away from him. I loved being a prosecutor, but I love my family more.
Besides, I actually enjoy the defense gig, too. It's just a different side to the same coin, and I like helping people.
Won't ever change the pride I had in being a prosecutor or the respect I have for those who still hold that title.

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, and maybe you can't get hired while you are publicly blasting a fellow elected official on a blog. Not complaining, just stating an obvious fact. No public official would hire you. You have made yourself toxic.

A Harris County Lawyer said...

Actually, I didn't ever apply anywhere else, but I got an offer from another county that was too far away. Whether another county would have hired me will just have to remain a mystery of the unknown, I suppose. In the meantime, I'm quite content where I am.

Anonymous said...

Can we get some details on the speech? I bet"Judge Bridgewater" was appalled.

Good for George.

By the way, Jimmy's huevos were boiled months ago.
His eggs have hatched so to speak.

jigmeister said...

Congratulations Kurt, Donna is a great addition to Galveston County, and a great loss to Harris County. I'm sure she will find the atmosphere much less hostile, and a place where her experience, along with Lesters' is appreciated.

Congratulations Donna.

Houston DWI Attorney Paul B. Kennedy, said...

Murray,

Raking me over the coals because I didn't see the post?

I was down on the island yesterday and tried to schedule an appointment to chat with Joel Bennett about a preindictment case and received an e-mail from another ADA saying Joel had asked her to meet with me.

I figured something was up at that point.

A Harris County Lawyer said...

You know I love you, Paul!

Anonymous said...

I still have faith that Murray will one day rejoin our ranks, possibly as Harris County District Attorney.

If I'd have known the speech in Austin was coming I would have attended.

Tex

Anonymous said...

Anon 5:51

I would have hired Murray, and based on my conversations with other da's in other counties who are aware of Murray, other counties would have as well. I work in another county. His reasoning has remained the same since we talked about it, before his firing. The little man comes first.

Not that Murray needs any defending. Many of us applaud his candor and his courage.

Tex

Anonymous said...

Murray, it just shows what a good and honest guy you are to even publish the shit that 5:51 a.m. wrote. It's got to be either Lykos of one of her minions. They dutifully showed up before 6:00 a.m. to work and were obviously pissed off at the world when they said that stupid garbage. Too bad they don't have the backbone to walk away from a DA's office that's circling the drain like a cockroach.

I know. I know. You're giving everyone an equal opportunity to speak their mind. And good for you and good for us that we have the forum to do that. You're a bigger person than I am to allow such bullshit to be published in here, especially since it's not true and it's specifically directed at you.

I'm proud of you. You rock!!!

Catalina Booth said...

That is awesome news....I'm glad to hear such great talent is not going to waste and is in a nearby county. Good luck Donna!

And I agree...though one may no longer be an ADA one still has respect and fond memories for the job (unless of course they are stuck working for the current circus). I left HCDAO in 2004 and still love the work that I did as an ADA.

Anonymous said...

Offering a diversion program to cases that, if they don't plead because they're so obviously guilty (and as a result won't be deferred), result in acquittal or dismissal 97% of the time (according to Mark Bennett's numbers), seems like a good idea.

I guess you prosecutors would rather prosecute a losing case just to be jack asses than see justice done by getting treatment and interlocks installed, which is more than an acquittal would get.

OUTRAGED said...

CONGRATULATIONS to Donna Goode...what a great opportunity for Donna and Galveston County at the expense of Harris County.

George, kudos for courage and iintegrity.

4:03,
1. Mark Bennett is a self serving criminal defense attorney whose legal prowess ain't all that in the courtroom, personal delusions notwithstanding. Further, reliance on his substance abuse "statistics" is highly suspect at best.
2. The efficacy of substance abuse rehab is very poor overall and dismal when coerced.
3. Making a defense attorney work for their exorbitant charges does not make an ADA a jack ass; rather your reasoning or lack thereof renders you the jack ass, buddy.

Anonymous said...

Anon 4:03,
The Harris County Acquittal Office, formerly known as the Harris County District Attorney's Office, will soon garner an acquittal rate of 99+% across the board so don't get your panties in a wad.
Based on your comment you're obviously not one of the sharper knives in the defense drawer but don't worry, 1st year law clerks from TSU will soon be getting acquittals on felonies while their defense attorney mentors/bosses are out golfing.

Rage Judicata said...

5:37, the office was getting 97% acquittal/dismissals while Rosenthal was at the helm, and Diepraam was running the DWI show. So from what I can tell, by offering a diversion program Lykos is actually going to help boost your convictions ratings since they're so bad for first time DWI's that actually go to trial.

You should thank her.

Anonymous said...

Rage -

You are a douchebag of such epic proportions. You talk so much shit and you have never once answered the question of how many criminal cases above a chicken shit misdemeanor you have tried. That clearly means the answer is zero. I don't offer an opinion on how to be a douchebag, so you shouldn't offer an opinion on how to be a criminal lawyer.

Anonymous said...

Lykos and company are just the gift that keeps on giving. I am amazed at how much material they give you for your blog. There are still two days left this week for them to give you more.

Anonymous said...

So instead of teaching prosecutors how to try a DWI, George rants about Lykos and PTD. How does this help the babies learn to try cases?

And that's to be applauded?

Anonymous said...

Lykos and crew continue to build the best District Attorney's Offices in the state, in the counties surrounding Harris County. Congratulations to the citizens of Galveston County and the Galveston County District Attorney's Office.

Is Harris County District Attorney's Office still a member of TDCAA? I thought they had quit prosecuting. Good of George to point out that fact.

A Harris County Lawyer said...

Anon 6:32 or Bubba Joe or Not Clint or Whoever the Hell you are or aren't,
As you very well know, George lectured for about an hour and then addressed the stupid decisions of your administration, but I think it is great that you got up at 6:30 a.m. to try to mislead anyone who didn't already know that.

skip said...

Rage,
I would have thought that a VMI graduate would have better judgment than to rely on Bennett data as gospel.
You are correct that many 1st time DWIs are lost, as many as 50% but no where near Blow Hard Bennet's 97%. These cases are most often tried by baby prosecutors and are a very good learning experience. All trial lawyers need actual real life courtroom experience and these types of cases are ideal. We all know that if the senior prosecutors handled them the conviction rate would be significantly higher.
But we're not talking about taking scalps, as Lykos condemns us for, but rather seeing that justice is done. To do that we need to continually train the young prosecutors to take our places in the cycle of life. Mentoring is essential to maintain the integrity and quality of the justice system.
Lykos' PTD idea is crazy for reasons beyond merely eliminating a great teaching tool for young prosecutors. Lykos is fortunately no longer a sitting judge but unfortunately the DA. As such Lykos is charged with carrying out the legislature's intent with respect to law enforcement. Lykos does not have the authority to rewrite the law or misinterpret the law to suit her personal needs. Politicizing DWI's to improve her overall conviction stats under the ruse of easing jail overcrowding is not within her authority. Judges should not rewrite the US Constitution to further their personal ideals and DAs should not rewrite laws to further their personal career.
If a law is unconstitutional or unpopular there are established mechanisms to modify or eliminate it. Pat Lykos is not the elected dictator or czar of Harris County she is the DA and needs to act like it. Have we learned nothing from the unbridled arrogance of Chuck Rosenthal? Lykos makes that narcissistic fool look like a novice.

Anonymous said...

anon 6:32 here

You're missing the point. A class on teaching prosecutors how to try a case is not the forum for a political rant by an obviously disgruntled former employee. PTD is used all over the state. Did he single out the other District Attorneys?

Anonymous said...

Jimmy 632,
Your lemming philosophy missed the point. PTD circumvents the Texas State Legislature's intent which specifically precludes deferred adjudication for DWIs. George was only stating the obvious while emphasizing that prosecutors should seek justice not political aggrandizement.

Anonymous said...

anon 6:32 yet again

What does any circumventing of Legislative Intent have to do with teaching someone how to try a case? Was this baby prosecutor school or a political activist forum?

But I did laugh pretty hard that a Harris County prosecutor's job is to seek justice. That did crack me up.

Anonymous said...

632,
I see you've been into the Judge's Jack Daniels.
It may be a joke to you, but every prosecutor whatever county he or she practices in should seek justice.
Circumventing legislative intent is, by definition, advocating one to manage to get around the law especially by ingenuity or stratagem.
George was simply trying to say that a prosecutor's ethics in trying a case should be paramount, notwithstanding Lykos' position to the contrary. Ethics are an integral part of a prosecutor's job in and out of the courtroom.
The political activist is your friend Pat Lykos, not George.

concerned citizen said...

Why did your most recent blog post go buh-bye ?

A Harris County Lawyer said...

My initial sources about the no alcohol story were contradicted so I pulled the story out of an abundance of caution.

Anonymous said...

The Lykos PTD policy for first offender DWI's is foolish for several reasons. First, PTD was intended as an prudent use of prosecutoral discretion to be used in exceptional cases. Not as a way to prosecute a particular offense in all cases as a matter of policy. Why are first offender DWI defendant's any more deserving of PTD than first offender POM, PCS, shoplifting, or misdemeaner assault defendants? An across the board policy makes no sense. It is not a rational exercise of prosecutoral discretion.

Secondly, PTD for all first offender DWI defendant's sends the wrong message. Harris County has the highest DWI fatality rate in Texas and one of the highest in the nation. So our elected DA is sending the message that in Harris County you get one free DWI. PTD does nothing that probation can not do to deter and rehabilitate DWI offenders. The fact is that most first offender DWI do not have a drinking problem and do not need alcohol treatment. So pretending that the PTD policy some how allows us to better treat folks with alcohol or drug problems is ridiculous. While I think some of the consequenses of a DWI conviction under the current law are unfair to defendants, a strong deterent is still needed for all DWI offenders.

Finally, the implementation of the policy has numerous problems that we are likely to be dealing with for a while. The word from prosecutors is that the Lykos policy will be to offer 30 days in jail for first offender DWI defendants who don't take PTD. And the taking PTD will require an interlock for 6 months, stipulating to your guilt, waiving a jury trial, and agreeing to a plea bargain of 30 days in jail if you violate the PTD agreement. So who decides if you violated the agreement? If you test positive or pick up another case are you presumed guilty? Can you be compelled to waive a constitutional right to accept PTD? The possibilities for litigation are endless. Since the principal advantage to PTD for defendants is avoiding the surcharge, I suspect that given the disadvantages many defendant's won't want it. This could lead to even more jury trials, not less. I know that there are at least 2 county court judges that won't agree to just reset DWI cases for a year so the DA can give PTD. So in those courts our DA will have to dismiss their case to give PTD if she wants a uniform policy. Hopefully all the county court judges will allow first offender DWI defendants to plead without a recommendation for probation if they don't want PTD. Otherwise, will may need jury trials on punishment.

As a defense lawyer for 20 years it may be surprising that I am against something that sounds like it may be good for my clients. However, I don't really think it is really that great for the the defense, and the former ADA in me (6 years under JBH) thinks it is terrible policy. Lykos shot her mouth off to get a headline and now the HCDA's office is scrambling to make it work so she doesn't look stupid.

Anonymous said...

Not everyone who posts in favor of the new administration is Jim or Clint. There are many of us happy with the changes we've seen over at 1201. Its common to have a mass exodus when a new guy takes over and I suspect we're not done seeing people leave. I hate to see some of the good ones go but am glad there is some oversight now at HCDA.

Anonymous said...

Dear July 16, 2009 @10:02 PM,
Unbelievable and very well stated. My sister was killed by a drunk driver on the Southwest Freeway many years ago. My family's life has never been the same since that night. Drunk driving needs to be deterred not promoted in Harris County.
I just learned of this blog by anonymous email yesterday and after independent confirmation I can't believe what a terrible job Pat is doing overall. It's as if Pat has no idea what she is doing and then lashes out in frustration at those that do.
Pat has lost my support and I will get the word out to my precinct and others.

Dear Remaining Asst. DAs,
I am sorry for having let pure politics get in the way of good judgment.

JRE

Arthur Seaton said...

Anon 11:37

"There are many of us happy with the changes we've seen over at 1201."

Like what, exactly?

Anonymous said...

Mr. Newman:
Why has none of this been reported in any of the local media?
It is hard to believe that given Rosenthal's excessive coverage by all local media outlets for his inappropriate behavior that not a single source has reported on any of these issues by another Republican DA.
It seems very improbable to me that if just 10% of the alleged incompetence your blog attributes to Judge Pat were true that none of Houston's news sources have reported on it.
How do you explain that?

Anonymous said...

Harris County does NOT have the highest DWI fatality rate in Texas. Anyone who subscribes to this belief has bought into HCDAO/MADD propaganda.

This mindset has led to many innocent people being charged with DWI after 1-2 drinks.

And when you talk about numbers, remember that Harris County is just about twice the size of Dallas County.

Anonymous said...

Arthur I agree with anon 11:37. 1)Lykos' dumbing down of the office will make those of us with any experience and ability stand out like rock stars with minimal effort. 2)With Lykos' new flex time initiative we can now work whatever hours we feel like. 3)Appellate will have a free ride since trials are way down and convictions more elusive daily.
But I'm not sure what oversight issues 11:37 is referencing unless it's directed towards the new Bureau Chief for plea bargains....I hear they're swamped..

Anonymous said...

All is quiet on the 6th floor this afternoon, but on 5 we are hearing more people leaving in next 2 weeks. Very unsettling to say the least. Puzzled on 5

Anonymous said...

2:36, You're a little late to the party.

Anonymous said...

3:06,
Why should a community not do all that is Constitutionally permissible to curb DWIs no matter what the numbers are?
Should an intoxicated driver have the right to drive in an impaired condition without regard to the safety of a sober citizen?
Should MADD just accept the deaths of their children at the hands of drunk drivers and keep quiet so as not to offend those that feel it is okay to drive drunk?
Since you don't like the State's legal definition of intoxication, what qualifies you to decide who is impaired?
I would suspect if a drunk driver seriously impacted your life by killing or seriously harming someone you cared deeply for your opinion would not be so cavalier.
Pat Lykos has politicized a serious issue and put personal favor over the safety of our community and that is more offensive than all of your objections.

Anonymous said...

3:57,
I was just informed about this blog yesterday. I have not had time to check out the massive amount of negative allegations against Judge Pat and would be shocked if even a small portion turns out to be true.
Rest assured I will check on it and get back with Mr. Newman in the coming weeks.
2:36

Anonymous said...

to 4:40

An intoxicated driver does not have the right to drive. See Penal Code 49.04. A driver who has 1-2 drinks does have the right to drive. They should not be subject to arrest by overzealous and poorly trained police officers who have drank MADD's kool-aid.

No one is quibbling about the legal definition. 1-2 drinks does not make an 0.08%. MADD is no longer about drunk drivers, it's about prohibition.

2:36

Anonymous said...

sorry, that last to 4:40 is from 3:06, not 2:36.

Anonymous said...

2:36,

The Comical endorsed Pat Idiot Liekos and therefore isn't about to point out the fact that she is woefully incompetent to run the office. All the fat little troll can do is brag about drinking Jack and Cokes and run her mouth.

Brian Rogers is a spineless piece of shit who probably knows a HUGE amount of what's going on, but is too much of a pussy to print the truth. You obviously don't work at the office. Shut up until you talk to someone who does.

Sincerely, 3:57

Rage Judicata said...

All this ADA butthurt is awesome.

Leave. Go do the same job somewhere else if you have to be a prosecutor, but leave HCDAO. And STFU already. God forbid you people don't get to exclude all the Canadians, or have to actually test DNA evidence, and now can't rifle through someone's car at will. Finally, criminal courts are coming out of the dark ages and you people don't like the light.

Leave.

A Harris County Lawyer said...

Ah, Vintage Rage is back.

For the commenter who wantds tio cherck my trustworthiness, please do. I would suggest talking to someone not actually hired by Lykos or even a judge who works in the courthouse.

The facts on this blog are true.

Arthur Seaton said...

Indeed. Leave. And I don't mean the prosecutors.

Anonymous said...

Anon 3:51

We are hearing the same things on the 4th floor. I suspect people are waiting on the new list of attorneys approved to take appointments. I am afraid I don't have enough fingers to plug the dike when that starts happening.

Anon 3:57

It's true. Prosecutors with talent are leaving left and right. Lykos hasn't had one meeting with "the troops" to introduce herself and set out her expectations. She promised written policies and everyone is still waiting. She fires people who disagree with her, even when they are trying to have a constructive discussion. Hiring is now based on cronyism, not competence. I could go on, but I won't. Not enough room on this blog.

Anonymous said...

Anon 3.57 --Bureau Chief and others . Is that what you heard also?

Anonymous said...

You can't talk sense to Rage, Murray. He either has frontal lobe damage or is just by nature a moron. I think STFU was a phrase coined by his parents.

I'd still pay good money to see a last man standing bare knucks between him and Mr. Seaton. My money is on the fan of english film.

Rage Judicata said...

I'd still pay good money to see a last man standing bare knucks between him and Mr. Seaton. My money is on the fan of english film.

You have no idea how fast I'd take your money.

Hopefully Seaton is one of the ones about to leave, and he can stop hiding.

On another note, the word verification for this post is "herpus." Fitting that it should be about Seaton.

Arthur Seaton said...

It was so, so much nicer when you weren't around, you gigantic little tool.

The word verification for you was shisess, which sounds a lot like the German word for Rage.

Rage Judicata said...

It was so, so much nicer when you weren't around, you gigantic little tool.

I'm sure it was for you, you didn't have anyone pointing out what a moron you are.

You just convinced me to stay, by the way. Congratulations.

The verification for this post was 'perju', only two letters away from what you'd be happy to have your witnesses do to convict anyone in your sights. I guess "OK with DNA evidence being destroyed or hidden" is too long for word verification.

Anonymous said...

How about a post about how Mark Bennett likes to beat up on little girls? Life after Esq removed her blog yesterday, after Bennett's critical post about her baby prosecutor experiences.

You can't expect a fellow like this to have respect for a kid like Life having fun. I've never seen a hotel guest prosecuted or arrested for trespassing when they jumped in and out of a pool after it was closed.

Bennett needs the harsh light of reality shined on some of his posts.

One day, maybe he'll grow up and be half the person that Life is.

Anonymous said...

How about a post about how Mark Bennett likes to beat up on little girls? Life after Esq removed her blog yesterday, after Bennett's critical post about her baby prosecutor experiences.

You can't expect a fellow like this to have respect for a kid like Life having fun. I've never seen a hotel guest prosecuted or arrested for trespassing when they jumped in and out of a pool after it was closed.

Bennett needs the harsh light of reality shined on some of his posts.

One day, maybe he'll grow up and be half the person that Life is.

Anonymous said...

Among the largest DA offices in the State, only one of them has a strong background in prosecution. Dallas got a defense attorney. Houston got a judge. San Antonio got a judge. Fort Worth has an interim who has experience in the same office as an ADA.

The loss of prosecution leadership in three major Texas cities has generally lowered the quality of hiring and training in those offices. How can an elected DA be expected to teach and mentor the best practices of prosecution with no experience in that field?

This is particularly true if the officeholder took office under circumstances that place political pressure on her to "do something different" simply for the sake of satisfying that political agenda.

No self-respecting prosecutor would take a particular crime and create a policy that treats it differently than the Legislature demanded by law. That is a purely political decision. And that is not the oath that was taken.

Anonymous said...

And another thing. It is irresponsible for the Harris County DA to adopt the DWI policy without consulting other elected DA's around the state. Given that Harris County is so large and will have such an impact on dodging the law, it likely will be the subject of discussion at the next legislative session. It could lead to a change in the law that is imposed on other DA's. A true DA would consider that fact and consult with fellow DA's.

Bennett's Bikini said...

8:39 hit the nail on the head. That was a very shitty thing for Mark Bennett to do to someone. He should do the right thing and delete his blog entry. But he won't.

Marks' blog had been up to this point fairly silly and self promoting, but didn't seemed designed to hurt anyone.

I get the feeling from this blog entry that Mark must have gone through most of his life neglected by women and now looks for any chance to hurt the kind of woman her perceives would never had anything to do with him. At least that's what I and most other people I have spoken to have taken away from his blog entry.

I don't know the young lady who wrote the blog, but clearly she is young and didn't think others outside her friends would be reading the thing. If Mark Bennett felt compelled to make a typically half-ass comment, it might have been a nice thing for him to have sent her a comment instead of trying to humiliate her.

Good job Mark. You have further solidified your reputation. And it ain't a good one.

Rage Judicata said...

How about a post about how Mark Bennett likes to beat up on little girls? Life after Esq removed her blog yesterday, after Bennett's critical post about her baby prosecutor experiences.

Are you kidding me? She's a prosecutor, not a little girl. And I bet she'd be the first one to kick you in the nuts for that kind of misogyny. I can't believe you people can't take what you give.

Bennett exposed a prosecutor who would gladly have prosecuted others for what she just did. Public intoxication and trespass will get you a ride downtown in Harris County.

I've never seen a hotel guest prosecuted or arrested for trespassing when they jumped in and out of a pool after it was closed.

You have a short memory. Ask Brian Backe if this sort of thing gets prosecuted, or at the very least will get you arrested.


The verification for this post was 'flawacre,' which I imagine would be a good word for a real property hypothetical if Seaton practiced real estate law.

Rage Judicata said...

I don't know the young lady who wrote the blog, but clearly she is young and didn't think others outside her friends would be reading the thing.

Her own posts mentioned that she was no longer anonymous, and she had half the DA's office picking their own pseudonyms. She even mentioned that people she didn't know were reading and asking her about it, making jokes about the lack of anonymity.

In the current political atmosphere at the CJC, that's a lack of judgment that a person in charge of others' liberty should not be showing. If she gets fired, Harris County will be better off for it.

Anonymous said...

Are rage and bennett the same person? I'm thinking they are both so very angry with everyone, that maybe they're the same person. Or maybe they're twins.

Arthur Seaton said...

It's funny how a few pricks can spoil the whole damn blogosphere for the rest of us. And when I say funny, I mean pathetic of course. It takes something that can be a fun, humorous, and sometimes insightful past time and turns it into an acrimonious snipe fest. I never understand why there always, always has to be somebody to piss in the pool just to try and prove something.

Thanks for ruining everyone else's good time in the pool, assholes.

Anonymous said...

While I have read Bennett's blog, I find this one far more interesting because it has allowed anon posting while the other blog generally has not allowed it. People post anon for a reason. And anyone with an ounce of gray matter should know it's to preserve their anonymity.

That being said, Life after ESQ was--at best--reckless in (1) creating a blog and expecting only that her friends would read it; and (2) including so much identifying information as to render her anonymity moot. Long before Murray identified himself as author of this blog I knew his identity. How? I simply asked a prosecutor who wrote the blog and s/he identified him. Why would Life think she could keep her identity secret? Someone always knows at the CJC.

"Having fun" is one thing but actions do have consequences. Having read the cached version of her "deleted" blog it would not take very long to figure out who she is...if I cared. I just hope for her sake that Lykos doesn't care either.

Anonymous said...

Here's a fun link where rage against his medication is trash talking bennett. Fun stuff.

http://ragejudicata.blogspot.com/2009/03/full-of-it.html

I think they're the same guy.

Rage Judicata said...

Here's a fun link where rage against his medication is trash talking bennett. Fun stuff.

I'm more than happy to admit when he's right, as well as point out when he's wrong. I'm not some single minded sycophant like you Lykos haters, I can admit when someone is right.

If Seaton is ever right about anything, I'll point that out as well. It's a sucker's bet because it doesn't look like I'm ever going to have to pony up on that one, but I will.

jigmeister said...

I have to agree with anon 3:26. While I was entertained by her blog for the couple of days that I saw it, she was cruising for a let down. It reminded me of the fun it was to be a 20 something, amongst friends, baby prosecutor. And the rumors and stories of baby prosecutor school circulated amongst us for years afterwards, we didn't write a diary that could be used to fire us or hold us up to peer ridicule.

Mark in a needlessly cruel way probably did her a service. Esq. you learn by mistakes, but don't stop having fun.

Anonymous said...

I agree that Life was naive at best to have a blog. Didn't she learn anything from AHCL about the risks involved in having a blog? If she was willing to accept those risks then so be it, but I doubt she was. Still, Bennett is a tool. People who live in glass houses with their personal lives really shouldn't throw stones at others. Isn't that true Mark?

Anonymous said...

We have heard the 6th floor is doing investigstion on what happened at austin and the info on the blogs.There were instructions on what the newbies were to do and not to do. Next week should be interesting. The people involved may have short careers at HCDA office once report is gien to RB.