In a move that should be absolutely surprising to no one, former-Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos added to her legacy of avoiding indictment again yesterday. As reported by Brian Rogers in this Chronicle article, the 263rd Grand Jury declined to indict Lykos for her role in investigating members of the 185th Grand Jury who were, um, also investigating her.
I had assumed that the 263rd's investigation into Pat had ended quite some time ago. I had heard at the first part of the year that they had requested to have their term extended, but I didn't know it was still ongoing. On Wednesday, I had heard that she had retained Dick DeGuerin to represent her and she was rumored to have asked her church congregation to pray for her.
It appears that her prayers were answered.
Unlike the previous media swarm that Lykos unleashed at the close of the 185th Grand Jury's investigation, she was uncharacteristically quiet this time. Perhaps her silence was because she requested that this particular investigation (according to her) be performed by the Texas Rangers and could no longer claim it to be "politically motivated."
District Attorney Pro Tem Eric Nichols and DeGuerin were also silent about the investigation. Perhaps that was because neither of them wanted to acknowledge that Nichols inexplicably allowed DeGuerin to appear in front of the Grand Jury to argue on Lykos' behalf. For those of you who aren't familiar with how a Grand Jury works, the defense attorney is never allowed in before them to argue. If anyone out there thinks that Lykos and DeGuerin didn't get special treatment, they would be very sadly mistaken.
Although the decision not to indict Lykos (or Leitner for that matter) for using county funded equipment to research her perceived political enemies on the 185th Grand Jury seems to defy logic, I'm not losing any sleep over it. Regardless of whether or not she was indicted, the fact that she and her Administration had three separate Grand Juries investigate becomes the true defining moments of her legacy. Her single term in the Office would be easily forgotten if it weren't for all the trouble she caused feeding her paranoia and her ego.
Hopefully she will use this opportunity to finally just go away.
On a side note, it was amusing to see the return of everybody's favorite lovable lunatic who was back to posting under the name of Dinkit in the comments section of the Chronicle article. He's been relatively quiet since December. I was beginning to worry that he didn't love me anymore.