For those of you who keep up with the comments section of my posts, you may have noticed yesterday that someone brought up the fact that Assistant District Attorney Rachel Palmer had filed a DBA (Doing Business As) notice with the Harris County Clerk's Office sometime in January. Now, keeping in mind that Rachel has a full-time job, it seems a little bit strange that she would be starting up her own business.
What is even more bizarre is the title of the business.
She apparently filed as "Life at the Harris County Criminal Justice Center."
Most of you know that Rachel's beloved husband, Don Hooper, started a knock-off version of my blog a few months ago. I'm not going to link to it, because it is grossly inaccurate to the point of being libelous and the spelling and grammar is mind-numbingly bad. Seriously, I was going to sign him up for a Hooked on Phonics class as a peace offering. That being said, I have found that the best way to deal with an idiot is to ignore him.
Hooper had been making noises about "taking Murray's blog" for awhile. I guess that he and Rachel decided to make it all official by getting the DBA. I don't know what exactly their goal was. Maybe Rachel just wanted to see if exercising her 1st Amendment Right felt as good as exercising her 5th?
Mark Bennett did a post this morning with his thoughts on Rachel's entrepreneurship. Who knows what Rachel and Don are up to?
I sincerely doubt that Rachel is attempting to take credit for my blog. We aren't exactly best friends, in case you haven't noticed. She probably wouldn't want to explain to Pat Lykos why she would be so desperately trying to affiliate herself with a blog that is so critical of the Lykos' Administration.
More likely, she was just trying to pave the way for Don to create his knock-off blog.
What is interesting, however, is that Don's blog bashes not only me, but Rachel's fellow prosecutors and several sitting judges, as well. It bashes them harshly. It is my understanding that some of the half-assed attempts by the Upper-Administration of the D.A.'s Office to get Don to tone it down have been rebuffed by him. He doesn't work for Pat Lykos, after all.
But the new business entity of "Life at the Harris County Criminal Justice Center" doesn't have Don Hooper's name on it.
It has the name of Harris County Assistant District Attorney Rachel Ann Palmer.
The Lykos Administration has been very clear that they don't like it when their prosecutors talk on blogs. When Scott Pope was a prosecutor, he left a relatively innocent comment on Mark Bennett's blog that said nothing bad about the Administration. He was called to the 6th Floor and admonished for daring to sign his name. A few months ago, a prosecutor was disciplined for defending himself against a defense attorney's public criticisms on the Chronicle. Even David Benzion was apparently told to stifle his comments on my blog after he posted something here a while back.
Yet here we have prosecutor Rachel Palmer affiliating herself with Life at the Harris County Criminal Justice Center in writing -- bashing judges and prosecutors with impunity.
Doesn't it seem like there is something wrong with this picture?