In a meeting with the judges a year or so ago, Harris County District Attorney's Office First Assistant David Mitcham expressed his frustration with the judges and bond reform, giving them a warning that those who didn't share District Attorney Kim Ogg's "vision" would face "consequences." Those who were present for the meeting (at least the ones that I spoke with) indicated that the implication was that the Office intended to field candidates to run against those judges who weren't bending to the District Attorney's will. At least, that's how they interpreted Mitcham's words. Now that the filing deadline has passed, it is abundantly clear that Mitcham's veiled threat was not an empty one as a significant number almost every of judicial races now has a prosecutorial candidate running as either a Democrat or Republican. Some are great candidates. Others . . . not so much. A few are royal disasters, but we will talk about that
One of the types of cases that bothered me tremendously when I was a Prosecutor and continues to bother me as a Defense Attorney is what are most commonly known as the Rent-A-Center cases that pop up regularly in court. The scenario is simple: Someone who can't afford some of the furnishings and/or appliances that they would like for their home goes to Rent-A-Center who allows them to rent said appliance for a weekly or monthly fee. The customer signs a CONTRACT and then exits the store with the merchandise. After paying on it for a bit, the payments stop coming in and Rent-A-Center files theft charges on the person who entered into the contract. Now, before I dive off into this topic, please understand me. I'm not saying that Rent-A-Center (and similar companies) aren't entitled to be paid for what they contracted for and/or they should get their leased merchandise back. But, it seems to me that Rent-A-Center cases approach a very fine line in the difference between cri
It's hard to believe that we're already two weeks into February of 2022. It seems like New Year's Day was last week. I'm losing track of time, and the Early Voting is starting Monday, February 14th for the 2022 Primaries (with Election Day being Tuesday, March 1st). The Republican Primary is a pretty easy write-up -- nothing is contested. The GOP is in a rebuilding phase at the moment, and they consider it an accomplishment to have had a candidate running in all the positions. As far as I can tell, most of them are pretty much running to see whether or not the tide has turned back to red in Harris County. We'll see. I think it will be closer this year than in years past, but I still think Harris County is firmly blue. As always, I'll defer to my friend Charles Kuffner at Off the Kuff for a more adept analysis of the big picture. If you aren't reading him, you should be. The Democratic Primary is a different story, with a great many contested races.