I was very saddened to learn this morning about the passing of my friend, Jamie Brooks. Jamie was a fixture of the Harris County Defense Bar and a friend that I had known since I first started work at the D.A.'s Office in 1999. He was one of the nicest people and truest friends that one could have at the Criminal Justice Center. Jamie was generally a very soft-spoken attorney during docket, but he was also a strong advocate who was not afraid to go to trial and fight for his clients. More importantly, Jamie was one of the first people to volunteer to lend a hand when a colleague needed help. Any time a lawyer fell ill or passed away, you could always count on Jamie to be there to do whatever he could to assist. Jamie was a good lawyer, a good friend, and a good person. I am terribly sad to lose him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.