Thursday, February 9, 2012

Tonight's Reasonable Doubt (2/9/12)

Tune in for tonight's Reasonable Doubt with me and Todd Dupont.  Our guest will be Defense Attorney and the Democratic Candidate for Harris County District Attorney Zack Fertitta.  We are excited about having Zack on and hearing about what he has to say.

As always, you can tune in at 8 p.m. on Houston Media Access, or watch it live streaming by clicking here.


Day 8 said...

"We are eager to show the public all the evidence in this case." - Patricia R. Lykos (2/1/12)

Still looking forward to all the evidence being posted.

Anonymous said...

Lycos is to your blog what bill Clinton was to SNL. The gift that just keeps giving.

Anonymous said...

Pat Lycos claims to want to bring transparency to the office of DA. She did! I see through her, I do not like what I see.

Day 8 the only evidence we will ever see is more lies. What a sad day when the office administration of HC DA is known as nothing but liars.

For all of the good people still employed there, this comment is not directed to or about you. My heart and prayers go out to you. I'm sorry that you have to be drug thru the fallout. Just keep doing your jobs, protecting us, the citizens of HC. Better days are coming.

Anonymous said...

Should all prosecutors be taking comp time when dealing with or discussing the investigation by the Rangers and/or Feds? Is that county business or a personal issue? Can Lykos or any other ADA be charged for preparing their defense on county time?

Anonymous said...

Zach will do much better than poor Mikey did on Red, White and Blue.



Anonymous said...

If all your readers want a change,then Zack is the man.He is not a career county employee and has actually had a real job. He has many new,good ideas.

Anonymous said...

Geez, Todd needs to shave. He looks terrible.

Anonymous said...

Really mature "coming out of the closet?" question by your co-host on tonight's show.

Anonymous said...

Mike will eat Zachs lunch in a head to head. Lykos too, especially if she gets the questions ahead of time..

Anonymous said...

Please post a link to the show. Thanks

Anonymous said...

1:56 p.m.-
As an elected official, Lykos is not required to fill out a time sheet or account for her work hours. She is paid whether she works or not and can come and go as she pleases legally.

Not so for her employees. They must still account for their time. If they are witnesses, they can be on the clock. If they are a target, they should be taking comp time. Wonder what Rachel carried on her time sheet when she was sitting in the Grand Jury taking the 5th?

Taxpayers shouldn't be paying the salary of a suspected criminal.

Anonymous said...

Murray - thanks for having Zach on. It was the first time I really got to hear some of his thoughts and changes for the office. I remember Zach when he started, he was a good ADA. However, I'm slightly worried about his lack of experience and some of his ideas for change. The fact he has been out of the office loop for 5.5 years isn't helping him and also I don't believe he ever rose above Felony #3.

Maybe you could do an interview with him and have a question and answer and post it on the blog for all to see?

I think he would do a good job, but it all depends on who he surrounds himself with. Shitty 1st asst, budget person, etc means shitty DA's office.

I wasn't thrilled about his idea of mirroring the office like HPD. HPD has over 60 divisions and 5400 personnell. The DAs office has 350ish. Also, his thoughts of dividing the office in to 4-5 divisions won't hold. There is too much turnover and not enough staff.

The intake critique and making DA's try what they take charges on.... this has always been an issue at the office. There is so much associcated with this, you could to a ten page post. How many cases change from the moment a DA takes charges until it gets to trial. ADAs are relying on officers on the phone and usually at the scene to give an interpretation of what is really going on, sometimes that can't happen. If its found that there is an ADA who constantly is taking bad charges, then they need to be taken off intake. Also, what about those stationed at intake who are taking 8000 charges a year, there are going to be bad cases in those numbers.

I do agree that too many ADAs in specialized divisions work intake and don't know what they are doing. There are also Chiefs who got there by some defacto promotion and don't know what they are doing, and possibly never tried a murder/asac/agg rob before they made chief.

Ultimately, I think Zach would do a great job but I think some of his ideas may need tweaking. I would also like to see him come out and say that he will personally go to Commissioners Court and request more DAs, because ultimately, that is what is needed at the office and that would result in better communication with victims and continuity of cases.

That's just me opinion.

A former ADA.


ANON 8:53,

Mikey Anderson has been away from the office a lot longer than Zach.

Patsy will beat Mikey in the primary and lose to Zach in the general. Zach will get all the dems and the educated repubs.


Anonymous said...

Will you post a link to the video? Couldn't DVR the show on U-Verse. Thanks

Murray Newman said...

Will post Zack's video as soon as Franklin puts it on the web.

Murray Newman said...

And to the person posting under "Zach Fertitta for DA", it is spelled "Zack". And I'm not sure you are helping his cause by alienating Anderson voters in the event Lykos wins the primary.

Anonymous said...

Red White & Blue is listing next weeks topic as "Grand Jury Wrap-up." Maybe someone from the office can still be indicted for perjury if they say something different on TV than they did in Grand Jury. Of course the questions will be prescreened and the answers scripted.

Anonymous said...

Somebody need help spelling something?



Anonymous said...

Anon 2:39 p.m.,

Funniest thing I've read/heard/seen all day.

Thank you!