Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Well it's been a long time coming, but a Dick DeGuerin high profile client finally gets a photo-op smile on the front page of today's Houston Chronicle! There is no doubt that Dr. Michael Brown shares the obvious relief of his DeGuerin defense team that he did not have to face ADA Kelly Siegler.......we all know those trial stats.
The paper's Editor-in-Chief, Jeff Cohen, and his criminal defense attorney wife are no doubt thrilled that their very own Pat Lykos is at the helm of the evicerated District Attorney's office as evidenced by cub reporter, Brian Rogers', rendition of the trial.

In that vein, is it any wonder that the City & State front page section of this same edition reads, "DA won't prosecute Jones in ethics case". 
How could they? The Harris County District Attorney's Office lacks an ethical backbone as well as the ability to appropriately prosecute a high profile case that is not a WHALE slam dunk in the bag guarantee!

The real headline ought to be,  "HARRIS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE : R.I.P".

Sadly, the criminal justice system has always judged the least fortunate the harshest. The only way poor folks get a dream team defense is when there is a cause de celebre or some publicity grandstand potential......otherwise the spoils go to the wealthy; as they did at the Harris County Criminal Justice Center yesterday.

Harris County needs ROCK STAR prosecutors not only to protect the community from wealthy and/or high profile crooks; but also to provide leadership roles for the junior prosecutors as they develop in their careers....lest their skills stagnate in baby prosecutor mode.

As these types of headlines become more and more common-place in Harris County the citizens will come to appreciate that DA Patsy Lykos lacks the basic requisite leadership skills for her position: cognitive ability, motives, values, social skills, expertise, and problem-solving skills. Her arbitrary rule by terror and intimidation will never compensate for these failings as demonstrated by her ADAs  fear driven complacency, mediocrity and timidness..........not the characteristics a community wants in THEIR ADAs. 

One must wonder with trepidation what the outcome will be for the next high profile wealthy defendant or cause de celebre to be tried in Harris County.

ADA Kari Allen will have an opportunity to bring justice back to the courthouse when she tries her high profile wealthy defendant, attorney Jeffery Stern; who is also charged with causing physical harm to a spoiled and pampered wife.  Stern's defense attorney in his alleged "Divorce by Death" plot is the venerable Paul Nugent who is as good as Dick DeGuerin used to we'll see if the District Attorney's "team" is up to the challenge.

ADA Steve Baldassano will have a similar opportunity if he ever puts down the dodge ball and tries Jessica Tata for her involvement in the burning deaths of seven (7) defenseless little children. Hopefully Tata's high profile defense attorney, Mike DeGuerin, will not have the same 'possum eatin' grin plastered on the Houston Chronicle's front page like his brother Dick had.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


In a sharp rebuff to President Barack Obama, Republican Bob Turner won a special House election in New York Tuesday night, giving the GOP a district that Obama had carried with 55 percent in 2008 and which Democrats had held since the 1920s.

The seat had been represented for seven (7) terms by Democrat Anthony Weiner who resigned in June after sending sexually provocative messages to women he contacted online.

Democratic state lawmaker David Weprin got only 47% of the vote.  Weprin is a 56-year-old Orthodox Jew and member of a prominent Queens political family.
Considering  registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by three to one in the district; the democrat seemed like a good fit for the largely white, working-class district, which is nearly 40 percent Jewish.

Perhaps Weprin’s vote for legalizing same-sex marriages and Obama’s uneasy relations with the Israeli government caused disaffection among Jewish Democrats. The dismal job numbers and stagnant economy coupled with no real long term plan for fiscal responsibility or market certainty took care of the other voters......................