Monday, January 16, 2012

Tune In Tomorrow

According to all the information that I've heard, Pat Lykos has been subpoenaed to testify before the 185th District Court Grand Jury tomorrow as part of their investigation.  The word on the street is that Lykos is intending to file a Motion to Quash her subpoena tomorrow in an attempt to avoid testifying.  I don't know whether or not that particular rumor is true, but given the way she and the Gang Who Couldn't Shoot Straight have handled this entire debacle, it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest.

Now, keep in mind that Lykos got subpoenaed at the end of last year to testify in a DWI case and showed her distaste for testifying by filing a Motion to Quash and then heading to Hawaii.  It would appear that the woman (who prior to the 185th Grand Jury always had a sound-byte for every occasion) suddenly gets a little shy when that talking is under oath.  She's seen the bashing that Rachel Palmer has taken for invoking her 5th Amendment Right in front of the same Grand Jury and knows she doesn't want to follow in those footsteps.

So, what's an Elected District Attorney with an honesty problem to do?

Here are a few thoughts:

1.  If, in fact, Lykos does file a Motion to Quash her subpoena tomorrow, you can bet your bottom dollar that she is going to do so under the theory that the 185th Grand Jury has been improperly held over.  The person who will decide that issue on its face will be none other than Judge Susan Brown.  Look for a Motion to Recuse to follow.

2.  Lykos got her subpoena the week before last.  If she does actually file the Motion to Quash, it really will beg the question: why did she wait until the last minute?  I mean, I think we could all pretty much assume that the Motion wouldn't take over a week to prepare.

3.  The answer to the above point would be that it is a very obvious attempt to "run out the clock" on the 185th Grand Jury.  The 185th's term has been extended to the end of January.  Since they meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, that would make January 31st their last day to appear.  If the Lykos-Defense Team files a Motion to Quash, they will mostly likely try to stretch it out for over two weeks, making the issue moot.

4.  If Lykos files the Motion to Quash and it goes to a Motion to Recuse Judge Brown, look for it to potentially eat up about a week of time as it goes to another court for hearing.

5.  If the Motion to Quash is based on the idea that the 185th Grand Jury was held over improperly, look for every defense attorney in Harris County to file a Motion to Quash the indictment on every single case indicted during the new year.  How on Earth could the Lykos Administration make an intellectually honest argument that the Grand Jury conducting an investigation into her isn't valid, yet the ones indicting the regular citizens of Harris County are just fine?

6.  The biggest question for me is what is Pat Lykos scared of? To some degree, I could understand Rachel Palmer taking the 5th.  She had testified previously to the 185th Grand Jury, and then they heard from additional witnesses.  If those witnesses contradicted her, I could see Palmer being concerned that she might be walking into a "perjury trap" by making a second appearance with them.  Lykos, on the other hand, hasn't testified to them and has no such concerns about perjury from previous testimony.  Unless there are some actions that she has committed that she is scared to testify to, I don't see why she doesn't hold a press conference, announcing that she will gladly answer all of the Grand Jury's questions, because she knows she hasn't done anything wrong.  I honestly don't get why she doesn't do that.

It will be interesting to see what happens tomorrow.  Maybe Lykos will go in and clear her name and the name of the Office that she has dragged through the mud.  Maybe she will file her Motion to Quash and pretty much make things look worse than they already do.  I will be waiting eagerly to hear.

But one thing that Lykos should know that perhaps she doesn't realize, having never tried a case herself:

The Grand Jury doesn't have to hear from you to indict you.


Anonymous said...

I hope the Republican party leaders are as disgusted by this whole thing as I am.

You're right, Murray. Where's the press conference? Where's that nothing-to-hide transparency now?

Anonymous said...

Look at the big picture:(admitidedly sequence of events may be a bit off yet accurate)

2011 - Re: Palmer

1) Contest the Special prosecutors authority;

2) File recusal on Judge Brown;

3) Hearing, and hearing;

4) Reset needed due to out of town prosecutor - Clint Greenwood;

5) Taking the 5th;

2012: Lykos: Political filing deadlines are pushed back as well as Primary until April. IF she doesn't just go in there and get it over with tomorrow - thereby dragging this out even closer to the actual election and campaign, is political suicide.

> Prideful
> Palmer
> Possible Perjury
> Perish
> Political delay
> Prison
> Pat

Anonymous said...

Bla, Bla, Bla

Anonymous said...

Murray will be giving twitter updates?

A Harris County Lawyer said...

Anon 9:23,
I think it is actually spelled "blah, blah, blah".

Anonymous said...

We are up early this morning, Gooch! Too excited about today's festivities to sleep?


A Harris County Lawyer said...

Nah, Junior,
Just had to get up early to drive the Boy to school.

Anonymous said...

Expect an immediate appeal on anything Judge Brown denies to further stall things

BLACK INK said...

The 1-2-3 Pat Lykos knockout:

1.Pat Lykos fails to stand up and face her accusers exposing publically that she is unfit for office per se.

2.The looming Hannah Chow issue will be hard for Lykos to distance herself from with any credibility.

3.Mike Anderson arranges to tee it up with Lykos via a prime time debate on a major news channel or, in the alternative, incorporates debate snipits in paid political TV ads to reach the same audience.

Look for Judge Pat Lykos to make Gov. Rick Perry's early debating skills seem flawless in comparison......her blue haired loyalists will personify a pack of wet rats fleeing a sinking ship.

Anonymous said...


What is the looming Chow issue?

Anonymous said...

What is the Chow issue? I'm having a hard time keeping all the misdeeds of the Gang straight.

Anonymous said...

This should be an interesting test of the old adage:
"Karma's only a bitch if you are".

Go Karma!!

Anonymous said...

Wait --- is the grand jury only extended for this?

The ADAs aren't using these grand juries for other things?

Seems like a DA claiming to grand jury is illegal would be crazy if they are simultaneously using it for other cases.

Of course, if Patsy has nothing to hide, this won't be a problem at all.

Anonymous said...

If there's a Chow issue, fifty bucks says Lykos is throwing her under the bus for something. Who wants to bet???

Wonder when it's Little Jimmy "Balls in a Jar" Leitner's turn???

Anonymous said...

Any visuals from the 3rd floor or 185th?

Anonymous said...

Oberg was camped outside the GJ doors this AM, had cameraman in tow.....

Anonymous said...

Anon 11:16-

You're way behind on information. Chow's issue is a timesheet related issue being looked at by the 232nd GJ.

Leitner testified in the 185th more than 2 weeks ago.

Oberg may be camped out at the GJ but that's just for his video backdrop. If Lykos testifies she won't go through the public hallway. Oberg will never see her.

Just Sayin' said...

Anon 11:16 Judge Pat will drag Hannah behind the bus for a few days of public scorn before tossing her under the frame.
We can only wonder how fast Shirley will be driving.

Just Sayin'

Anonymous said...

Her Majesty's private elevator goes to the wrong part of the building for the grand jury.

Didn't the Fire Marshall declare the stairs have to allow public access or something?

Just saying.

Anonymous said...


A lot of people who read this blog do so to find out the truth about Pat Lykos and her mismanagement of her office.

Someone posting like you did is most unprofessional. Shame on you.

A Harris County Lawyer said...

Anon 3:01 p.m.,

I agree that the response from "Paul Harvey" was over the top and uncalled for, and I have deleted it. I apologize for having posted it.

Unfortunately, the climate within the D.A.'s Office has created some very tense conflicts of "us versus them" and both sides of it get very vocal and angry.

I try to balance the freedom of my commenters to say what they want to in a safe area, and maintain some level of decorum. Sadly, that is often easier said than done.

I do hope that more outsiders will read this blog and realize how bad things have gotten under the Lykos Administration, and I hope those of us inside the CJC will be diplomatic in showing the rational side of our arguments.

Anonymous said...

Not testifying when called is not testifying when called. I don't think the method she chooses to use to duck testifying will make much difference to the general public. Whether it's a motion to quash or taking the 5th, it will still look like she's got something to hide.

Anonymous said...

Huh. The Chron is reporting that she testified today.

Anonymous said...

I was hoping for drama.

Anonymous said...

Anyone know why former HPD officer got 2 years probation for committing aggravated robberies while on the job. Prime example of why people don't trust offices. See like a sweet deal but maybe the state had evidence problems.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Anon 9:21

You are confused. Pat Lykos needs to step down.

Susan Brown, on the other hand, has done an outstanding job and is not Pat's friend.

Anonymous said...

Anon 9:21 such an interesting comment. Lykos hopefully is getting what she deserves but Susan Brown is dirty? And is the moon made of green cheese? I am certain you have proof of both.

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