If you are, like me, a career Republican voter, you are no doubt "enjoying" finding your mailbox so stuffed with political mailers these days that you need a crowbar to get them out. Pat Lykos and her cohorts are definitely doing all they can to generate enough negative mailers to deflect attention from her terrible tenure (and possibly break the back of your mailman in the process).
Lykos' accusations against Judge Mike Anderson run from the benign to the out-right false and reek of a candidate who is desperate to shift focus away from her phenomenally bad tenure as District Attorney.
If you want an idea of just how petty Lykos' attacks are, my personal favorite is that she takes issue with Judge Anderson's use of his old courtroom to shoot a commercial for his campaign. She feels that he owes the county some money for borrowing an empty courtroom for an afternoon.
Um, okay. This is coming from the woman whose first act as Elected D.A. was to use taxpayer money to install hardwood floors in her office. She quickly followed that up by paying taxpayer dollars to hire a public speaker to lecture the Assistant D.A.'s that their primary goal as prosecutors was to make Lykos look good. She's treated herself and her leadership team to the best Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars that the State of Texas has to offer, and she also treated herself to a nice CLE in freaking Hawaii. I just got back from honeymooning in Hawaii and it sure would have been nice if the taxpayers would have sent me and my bride like they sent Lykos.
And don't get me started on her using her employees to investigate her "political enemies," also known as Grand Jurors.
The hypocrisy of her criticizing Anderson for spending an hour or two in an open-to-the-public courtroom is astounding. By the way, I wonder if she ran her attack on Anderson by Lykos "Leadership" Team member Roger Bridgwater, who did the exact same thing during the 2008 election.
But Lykos' petty attack on Judge Anderson isn't limited to the silly courtroom-use attack. She and her new attack dog, Dave "Big Jolly" Jennings (who seems to be taking charisma lessons from his friend and resident psychopath Don Hooper lately), sent out a laundry list of misleading statements about Judge Anderson designed to confuse the voters. Big Jolly has taken his vast knowledge of the law that he has gained working, um, not in law, to tell me how wrong I am in analyzing legal issues lately.
Here are some of the entertaining misleading and dishonest facts that Big Jolly and Hooper have been trying to sell on the internet and through mailers:
1. Mike Anderson gives probation to illegal criminal aliens as both a prosecutor and a judge.
WHY IT IS MISLEADING: Lykos and Big Jolly's assertion is passing the buck from the District Attorney's Office to the Courtroom. She cites two cases coming from the 262nd District Court when Judge Anderson was on the bench, where the Defendant got probation. There is absolutely NO mention of anything from his prosecutorial days.
The Assistant District Attorney has a duty to inform the Judge whether or not the Defendant is an illegal alien, and there is no indication of what Judge Anderson did or did not know. Also keep in mind the fact that with Judge Anderson's twelve years on the bench, the Lykos campaign can only produce two cases to accuse him of. Additionally, where is the proof that those two defendants were here illegally?
2. Judge Anderson failed to get a case indicted on time and the defendant and the defendant made bond.
WHY IT IS MISLEADING: The Defendant may have had a brief moment of freedom, but ultimately, prosecutor Mike Anderson got her a Life sentence. Ironically, the defense attorney on the case seems to have been none other than Lykos' 1st Assistant, Jim Leitner.
3. Mike Anderson isn't Pro-Life, because he gave a judicial bypass on someone seeking an abortion.
WHY IT IS MISLEADING: This one is misleading for a lot of reasons. Number One, Lykos and Big Jolly make the assumption that Anderson granted a bypass. Whether he did or not would be sealed under the law. In the event that he did grant a judicial bypass, as a judge he swore an oath to follow the law. Remember when frequent Republican target Judge Kevin Fine ruled the Texas Death Penalty statute was un-Constitutional? Well, the argument was that he wasn't following the law. Ultimately he was forced to. Judges swear an oath to follow the law whether they agree with it or not. You've seen very recent history of what happens when a judge elects not to do so.
SIDE NOTE: Anderson has repeatedly stressed his Pro-Life beliefs even though they have absolutely nothing to do with the job of being District Attorney. Lykos is attempting to create an issue where there isn't one.
SECOND SIDE NOTE: It would be worth doing some digging to see if Visiting Judge Lykos ever granted one, herself. Some judges are known to ask for a substitute (visiting) judge on days where an unpopular decision is going to be forced to be rendered. Did any of those ever cross Lykos' desk when she was visiting?
4.Mike Anderson gave probation to a home invader.
WHY IT IS WRONG/MISLEADING: The Lykos mailer cites to Cause No. 1269890 which comes back to a drug case, where the Defendant got a probation. I'm not sure what she was talking about here, but the facts have never really been her strong suit.
5. Prosecutor Mike Anderson had the highest backlog in the courthouse.
WHY IT IS MISLEADING: Anderson was sent into high docket courts to get the numbers down. Every assignment has a Day One where the high docket is in existence. This bizarre stat twisting is just pathetic. Those courts where Anderson went got their dockets under control thanks to his supervision.
6. Mike Anderson shoved a complainant in a criminal case to the floor in court.
WHY IT IS MISLEADING: It must be lovely for Pat Lykos to have the ability to have access to all of the prior ADA personnel files at her disposal as part of her job. It is a shame that she doesn't have the intellectual honesty to share the full story that comes within that personnel file. The truth of the matter is that an agitated complainant during docket call became angry and tackled then prosecutor Mike Anderson and he defended himself. That complainant himself was arrested.
Do you really think for one second that District Attorney Johnny Holmes would not have fired a prosecutor who was physically attacking complainants on criminal cases? Seriously?
Next up on the blog will be some interesting stats that have happened under the Lykos Regime. Once you read those, you'll understand why she's been sending out such dishonest mailers and why Big Jolly is the only shill in town foolish enough to buy into them.