Out of the entire debacle going on over at the Harris County District Attorney's Office with the Grand Jury, the people that most folks are concerned for are the Baby Prosecutors who were having to handle B.A.T. van cases. Relatively brand new to their jobs, they were put in positions to try cases where they, themselves, might not have even been informed about the swirling controversy surrounding the vans.
Yet, in the District Attorney's Office, the youngest of the prosecutors are the ones who would be trying the vast majority of those cases. The vast majority of them have probably been out of law school for under two years.
Their direct supervisors run from Deputy Division Chief Rachel Palmer to Misdemeanor Division Chief John Jordan to Professional Development, Community Protection & Ethics Bureau Chief Roger Bridgwater to First Assistant Jim Leitner to Pat Lykos. They've been doing this a lot longer than the Baby Prosecutors, and they have the D.A.'s Office's General Counsel John Barnhill looking after their best interest.
Want to know whose interest John Barnhill is NOT looking out for? The Baby Prosecutors.
The Lykos Administration would probably spend asset forfeiture funds on a bus for the sole purpose of throwing the younger prosecutors under it if they thought it would help them with the 185th Grand Jury. Any young prosecutor, who at this point, still believes that the upper Administration is looking after his or her best interest is not thinking this through.
There are several defense attorneys out in CJC community who will be more than willing to advise and (if need be) represent the young ones if they need it. If you are involved in this whole mess and need some advice, you should give them a call.
Additionally, if you want to talk to Special Prosecutors Jim Mount or Stephen St. Martin, they are also easily accessible.
Jim can be reached at 713-650-8700 and Stephen can be reached at 713-222-1133.
I have no idea what is going on with the 185th's Grand Jury investigation at the moment. Quite frankly, I tend to agree with what Rage and some others have said about it most likely leading to no indictments. However, every matter involving a Grand Jury needs to be taken with the utmost seriousness.
None of the Baby Prosecutors need to get caught in the middle.