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Ed McClees' Going Away Party

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My friend and (much skinnier) stunt double, Ed McClees, is leaving the Harris County District Attorney's Office this week to join the private sector.  His departure is a huge loss to the Office.  Ed is one of the most well-liked and highly respected prosecutors they have, as well as being an outstanding trial lawyer.  He's also one of the funniest guys I know, and he seems to have more than a passing knowledge of SEC football. The Office's loss is going to be the Defense Bar's gain. There will be a going away party for Ed on Thursday, July 30th at 5:01 p.m. at the OKRA Charity Saloon at 924 Congress Avenue.  All are invited.

The Houston Fire Department is Awesome

I was walking to my car from my office this morning when I came across two people standing over a person laying on the sidewalk.  We were at the intersection of Prairie and Fannin, which is a fairly crowded area, yet only two people seemed to have found a person sprawled out on the ground to be a reason to stop. The man on the ground appeared to be in his mid-twenties.  He was laying on his right side, and in the fetal position.  His eyes were open, but not moving nor blinking.  Other than the fact that his rib cage was moving ever so slightly, he appeared to be quite dead. When I walked up, one of the two people who had stopped was just getting off the phone. "Did you call 911?"  I asked. "Yes," he said.  "I was walking right behind him when he just went down." I tried shaking the guy by the shoulder.  He didn't react in the slightest.  He was wearing a medical bracelet of some sort.  I looked at it, but it didn't have a name on it.  I s

That Awkward Moment . . .

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. . . when you are complimenting yourself on your own blog post and forget to change your on-screen identity . . .

The Flip Side of the David Temple Findings

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While much has been said about the findings of fact in the David Temple hearing, there seems to be a couple of items that haven't been fully explained by mainstream media.  Contrary to some of the early headlines by the Houston Chronicle , the findings by Judge Gist don't automatically mean that David Temple is getting a new trial.  What Gist has basically written is his evaluation of the hearing and the earlier trial as a summary to the Court of Criminal Appeals.  The Court of Criminal Appeals does have the power to overturn the case, but they also have the power to disagree with Judge Gist's findings. It could be several months before the Court of Criminal Appeals reaches that decision. In the meantime, Temple's attorneys, Casie Gotro and Stanley Schneider, have approached District Attorney Devon Anderson and requested that she agree that Temple should be granted bond while awaiting the Court of Criminal Appeals' decision.  Although the law does provide that t

Kelly Siegler and the Temple Decision

Over the past several days, I have been contacted many times by many people -- on the blog and off the blog -- wanting to know when I was going to write something about Kelly Siegler and the David Temple decision.  I have steadfastly declined because I am entirely too biased to write anything. Although the Criminal Justice world is currently bashing Kelly, she remains one of the best friends I've ever had in my life.  She is an altruistic friend whom I've known for eighteen years.  She's been around for some of the worst times and best times of my life.  She is truly like the big sister that I never had. If there is anyone who thinks that I would ever turn my back on a friend who has meant that much to me and my family, they clearly should reevaluate what the meaning of friendship is. For those of us who know and love Kelly, regardless of what anyone else is saying, it is painful to listen to the things being said about her. I'm sure that the mere fact that I da

A New Blogging Opportunity

I was recently invited by my friend, New York attorney and blogger, Scott Greenfield , to become a contributing blogger to a new project he has begun called Fault Lines .  The project incorporates several different attorneys from around the country who write about trending topics and news stories in the Criminal Justice arena.  He invited me because I'm semi-literate and can hopefully draw on my experiences from my prosecutor days for a different type of perspective. Followers of this blog know that I don't normally comment on national news stories here, sticking to what I know best: Harris County Criminal Justice. However, the opportunity to work with Scott on a project is too good to pass up.  He is the preeminent criminal law blogger and I'm honored to be invited. And I'm not just saying that because he bought me a beer once at Char Bar. So, here's my first shot at it .  I hope you'll contribute to the discussion over there.