The Harris County Criminal Justice community was caught off guard today with the news that defense attorney Sandy Melamed had passed away. Everyone that I talked to was stunned and had no idea that he had been ill.
I first met Sandy when I was a brand new Felony Two prosecutor in Judge Ted Poe's court. I tried my first case "Two case" against Sandy and Olivia Jordan, and we all got to know each other during the trial. During the trial, Sandy always called me "Murray the K" and was surprised that I knew who the real Murray the K was. After the trial, both Sandy and Dan Gerson routinely greeted me by that nickname.
Sandy was a good and dedicated lawyer. He managed a job that is often frustrating and aggravating, but never seemed to let it faze him. He was a very gentle soul and a very kind man. He always had a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone.
Sandy Melamed was a very sweet man and the courthouse will be just a little darker in his absence.