Friday, June 20, 2014


Jun 20, 2014, 10:06am CDT

Houston lawyer in the spotlight with cable TV show

Kelly Siegler is a former Harris County prosecutor who solves cold cases on TNT's "Cold Justice." Since the series premiered in September, it has resulted in four confessions, eight indictments, 12 arrests, two guilty pleas and one 22-year sentence for murder.
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Small town, USA, criminals should be very wary if Houston lawyer and former Harris County prosecutor Kelly Siegler comes their way.
On her cable network TV show "Cold Justice" — season two premieres June 20 at 7 p.m. on TNT — Siegler travels to small towns to investigate unsolved murders, and she has a 90 percent success rate.
“I think people are astounded by the results,” Siegler told the Houston Business Journal. Statistics show that a typical clearance rate for cold cases can be as low as 13 percent, she said.
During the 21 years Siegler worked in the Harris County's district attorney's office, she said the most challenging part was working on cold cases.
“Those are the hard ones that nobody wants to mess with,” she said.
Siegler ran for DA in 2008 but lost to Pat Lykos, after which she left the county's office and started her own practice in Houston, Kelly Siegler & Associates.
Soon after, she brought her idea of working on cold cases with small law enforcement agencies to Dick Wolf, who created the hit show "Law and Order." One thing led to another, and filming for season one started in 2012.
Siegler, who got her law degree fromSouth Texas College of Law in Houston, says being on TV has made her cynically aware that people pay more attention to television than to what’s going on with their local government.
"I bet you more people know that I have a show on TNT than ever knew that I ran for DA of Harris County," she told HBJ.
"Cold Justice" isn’t the first time Siegler has been in the limelight. When Houston residentJeff Wright was murdered by his wife, Susan Lucille Wright, in 2003 by being stabbed 193 times in a bed he was tied to, Siegler was the prosecutor. During the trial in 2004, Siegler brought the bloody mattress into the courtroom and re-enacted the killing by tying her colleague to the bed and straddling him, making headlines across the country. Susan was convicted of the murder.
The murder and court case were made into a Lifetime movie in 2012, “The Blue-Eyed Butcher.”
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012


CONGRATULATIONS to Mike Anderson in his resounding victory over  former DA Pat Lykos.

I am the first to admit that the campaign was very worrisome; but a solid victory is what ultimately is the measure of political success.

The reign of Lykos' arbitrary terror and incompetence is over. 
I would urge all current ADAs to request a copy of their personnel file tomorrow morning to insure its integrity.

Politics played second chair to qualifications this evening and the voters of Harris County should be proud..........I know that the Harris County Criminal Justice Center is humbled with sincere gratitude.

Murray Newman you, more than anyone, made this night possible..............Thank you!

Sunday, April 22, 2012


The DA Republican primary is about to explode in the next week or so.

The theme is now crystal the voters want to continue with radical change from a relative outsider or do they want to go back to the good old boy days of yesteryear?

In today's edition of the Houston Chronicle two (2) staff writers attempted to set the tone and present the candidates. In the incumbent's corner, Brian Rogers presented DA Pat Lykos and in the challenger's corner Joe Holley presented Mike Anderson.

Rogers, although obviously supportive of Lykos, attempted objectivity by pointing out Lykos' bizarre comment that she wished she had a Jack and Coke while being questioned by reporters about her DIVERT program AND touched on the ongoing investigation as to whether or not Lykos authorized an investigation of members of a grand jury who were investigating alleged wrongdoing by the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

The take home message from Rogers was:
1. Lykos campaigned to clean house and in the process of meeting that goal stepped on some toes of the  "good old boy win at all costs" network.
2. Two (2) Grand Juries investigated the DA's office but NO indictments were returned.
(Could this be a sinister conspiracy to revive the "good old boy" hang 'em high days or just a coincidence ?)
3. Limited Harris County resources are best spent dealing with serious violent criminals, not having law enforcement officers spend hours of their valuable time booking trace cases.
4.  Do the voters want a DA like Lykos who is tough but fair OR do the voters want to let the old regime back in?

Joe Holley painted Mike Anderson as a kid growing up in Mayberry.  Mike Anderson's grandfather was a barber and longtime personal friend of Percy Foreman and that's why he became a kidding?

I think it's cool that Anderson likes to bow hunt and fish. It's also cool he played strong safety at Texas Lutheran and as a dad likes little league and boy scouts . It's nice that his wife Devon was a District judge for four years and sad she couldn't get re-elected.  BUT are these good reasons to elect a candidate to be DA?
Of course not and I understand the effort at humanizing Anderson to make him likable and present a strong contrast to Lykos who is anything but warm and fuzzy.
Holley also pointed out that Anderson was a long time veteran prosecutor; but I didn't see anything memorable in the article that made him stand out. In fact it would be hard to differentiate his career as a prosecutor from Chuck Rosenthal and that, I am afraid, might be the take home message many voters may carry away from the article. 

You can't go back to high school and be a cheerleader again at 56....................I was hoping the article on Anderson would put forth some bullet points on the ANDERSON PLAN.
Statistics can be bastardized to support almost any position; so unless there is glaring irrefutable evidence to support a policy's failure or success, perception will rule.

The perception on Anderson's position seems to be:
1. DIVERT is illegal (Which I agree with but it's an issue that does not resonate with the voters)
2. Trace cases need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law (voters want governments to be more fiscally responsible and common sense oriented these days)
3. Johnny Holmes was a great prosecutor and Harris County needs to go back to the days of JBH. ( I think JBH was a phenomenal DA for the time he served. JBH's once stellar reputation has been severly tainted by the shameful Rosenthal scandal and it will be exceedingly difficult to separate the two (2) images come election time. JBH endorsed Rosenthal and Anderson but not Kelly seems his endorsement picker might be jacked).

I have two (2) grave concerns for Anderson's viability:
1.  That  there will be no formal finding by the Texas Rangers that Lykos inappropriately investigated grand jurors AND if that finding is made prior to May 29th, it will be exceedingly difficult to support any reasonable conclusion but that a politically motivated manipulation of the grand jury process was designed and carried out by the Anderson team to ensure an election coup employing a"win at all costs" good old boy mindset...............perception beats reality every time in the political arena.
2. That Anderson has nothing to offer except that Lykos is bad people and he used to be a prosecutor in the days of Johnny Holmes and Chuck Rosenthal.

I have been hard on Mike Anderson in my latest posts because of my great disappointment in his campaign thus far and my love of an office whose greatness is in the balance. 
I have heard in many of the Republican functions, Anderson being told to start acting like a prosecutor and not like a Judge.............I agree.

UNLIKE 2008, he is not limited to the SUPPOSITION that an individual with zero prosecutorial experience will be a very poor choice for the position of district attorney (as obvious as that should have been to every voter)..........................Lykos has handed Anderson the gift of proving up the hypothesis beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Today, however, it is NOT enough for Anderson to simply argue that because Lykos has never been a prosecutor.....blah, blah, blah..,..........because NOW not only has she been a prosecutor for the last four (4) years, she has been the top dog prosecutor in the eyes of the public and the job performance of the ADAs is now a direct reflection on Lykos' leadership.
So how are the ADAs measuring up these days? 
The voters are not concerned about what the outside world considers petty grievances that the prosecutors in the trenches complain of.............they are concerned with the performance of these folks.
SPECIFICALLY how are the 2012 ADAs  measuring up to the 2008 ADAs?

Lykos' assault on JUSTICE in Harris County is much more than DIVERT and not prosecuting trace cases.
The ADAs are the  heart and soul of 1201 Franklin and they are not being properly trained, mentored and supported for greatness..........Anderson's made that point; BUT the voters need more.
The voters will not tolerate the reality of this void under Lykos IF they are made privy to the big picture dynamics with REAL voter sensitive issue oriented outcomes that matter to them..........the voters, after all, are the target audience, not the ADAs.
General suppositions won't cut it at the voting booth............Anderson needs to lock, load and fire with precision.


TELL the VOTERS how YOU are going to make the future of the Harris County District Attorney's Office a better place with YOU at the helm..................what is your platform of reformation?

STOP acting like you are Johnny Holmes "redux" and tell the VOTERS why they need YOU.......JBH isn't running for DA you are.

Chuck Rosenthal needs to be buried...............and Mike Anderson needs to be resurrected.
This isn't 2008. You've had more than a mere couple of months to prepare. You've run campaigns before. There won't be a run-off this time for the old blue hairs to usher in one of their own.  The Chuck Rosenthal scandal isn't on every news channel.  Being a good trial lawyer won't be pejorative. Lykos has a record for you to expose and you have the's yours to lose so don't you dare do that.