A Soft Landing for Leitner?
For several months now, those of us who participate in this blog have been speculating about the future of Harris County District Attorney's Office 1st Assistant Jim Leitner . Every few weeks, there have been (what appeared to be) credible reports that he was turning in his two weeks notice. The rumors started before the election in May, and have continued fairly regularly since then. I hear new reports every week or so that he is finally leaving the Office. I don't even bother to report them anymore. The situation is interesting, however. Since taking over the 1st Assistant position on January 1, 2009 in an unholy alliance with Pat Lykos, Jim has seemed to relish in the role of chief "bridge burner." He started in 2008 by vowing to his friends in the D.A.'s Office that he would never support Pat Lykos if he failed to make the runoff and then contradicting himself the moment he lost . His endorsement of Lykos coupled by his later appointment to 1st Assis