Thursday, February 16, 2012


Jim Leitner rode around in Coast Guard Reserve units at the Houston Ship Channel during the Persian Gulf War; his son served two (2) tours of active duty in Iraq.

Jim Leitner taught Sunday School at his Lutheran church; but the Ten Commandments were for others to follow.

Jim Leitner knowing he could never earn a job as a Harris County prosecutor on his own merit....................agreed to engage in whatever subterfuge necessary to elect Pat Lykos District Attorney of Harris County and quid pro quo his way in the back door.

Jim Leitner was a longtime criminal defense lawyer who was paid as much as $200,000 a year by the citizens of Harris County for representing defendants too poor to hire their own lawyers.......................admitting with a grin that he defended crooks because it was more lucrative than prosecuting them.
Jim Leitner has an odd perspective as it relates to his criminal representation of former clients. 
Leitner, in his unabridged arrogance, considered himself to be such a brilliant defense attorney that he incredulously claimed to have been a financial asset to the tax payers of Harris County.

Jim Leitner explains this odd premise by arguing that when his clients were convicted (in spite of his extraordinary legal prowess) that those convictions were less likely to be overturned on the grounds of ineffective can only speculate as to what the legions of Leitner's convicted clients think about that convoluted rationale.

In 2000, Jim Leitner defended a cop-killer whom prosecutors sought the death penalty on.
Leitner successfully argued that his client did not deserve the death penalty under Texas law because he would not be a continuing threat to society.
Leitner called the case "a political prosecution," saying prosecutors only sought death because, instead of following the law, they wanted to please a public desire for executing the murderer of a police officer.
The jury sentenced his cop killing client to life in prison....................a cop was murdered, a killer was saved and a well deserved needle was set aside as Leitner smiled.

Jim Leitner agrees that some killers sent to death row from Harris County deserve to die; but alleges that others have been executed without having met the legal criteria for the ultimate punishment.

Before being sworn in as the first assistant to the district attorney, Leitner advocated philosophical "change" by instilling more discipline in how the DA's office approached sentencing for crimes large and small. Leitner's policy changes and "influence" at the Harris County District Attorney's Office  have proven to be a counter productive farce.

Jim Leitner shaving off his mustache to distance his image from Chuck Rosenthal didn't change his character; it was foreboding.

Some folks self sacrifice for the benefit of others.............................Jim Leitner prefers to sacrifice others for his benefit.


Anonymous said...

I'm sure that every day Leitner spends in his life now is a grim reminder of his quid pro quo. And I don't feel sorry for him. He deserves what he gets. And I cannot wait for the day that Lycos throws him under the bus. It's coming. And it's coming soon. And when it does, Leitner will have no one to blame but himself. And if the rumors are true, he won't have a shoulder to cry on either. Enjoy the hole you've dug for yourself, Little Jimmy. It's all your making. And you mark my words. Patsy Lycos will be the first person to distance herself from you. You should get out now while you can.

Anonymous said...

Little Jimmy Leitner,

If the Feds and Rangers don't get you Judge Pat will.
Any regrets for being a sell out you POS?

The Harris County ADAs


Wee Man Jimmy. Excellent post, Black Ink. Not much to add but I'm glad I don't work for him. The friends who do, well, I feel sorry for them.

I suspect he spends a lot of time looking in mirrors and reading muscle magazines.

I guess, based on his cop killer triumph, that he has some ability to try a lawsuit. I'm sure he considered himself an "A" list defense attorney, but I don't know anyone else who did.

Too bad he didn't rise to the occasion and do something right in his job working for Pat. He could have been a champion for employees, granted that would have required a personality transplant, but nonetheless he had a chance to start over and he blew it.

Anonymous said...

Little Jimmie is going to be squealing wee wee wee all the way home. That is if he has a home to go back to when all his shit is exposed.
It would be Hell if you got what you gave, huh Jimbo?

Anonymous said...

Jim is a selfish opportunist who treats friends and family as possesions to be used and traded as he pleases. Loyalty has never been a priority for this cheater.

Anonymous said...

I understand that people can hate Jim Leitner for whatever reason or no reason whatsoever. However, it bothers me that you criticize Leitner for his representation of a cop killer that resulted in a life, not a death, sentence. No matter how he made his punishment argument, Leitner had a duty to zealously represent his cop killer client. While the client may have deserved a death sentence, Leitner should not be demeaned for using whatever tools he had available to get his client a life sentence. You more than anyone should recognize that this was his job.

BLACK INK said...

Anon 15 March 2012 @1401 hrs,

1. "I understand that people can hate Jim Leitner for whatever reason or no reason whatsoever."

Betrayal(whether it involves your former best friend, your former wife, your children, your co-workers or folks you've done business with) is often the genesis of hate........hence the etiology of "Leitner hate".

2. "No matter how he made his punishment argument, Leitner had a duty to zealously represent his cop killer client. While the client may have deserved a death sentence, Leitner should not be demeaned for using whatever tools he had available to get his client a life sentence."

The fundamental duty of a criminal defense lawyer is to zealously represent his client within the bounds of the law. A criminal defense attorney's duty is not to “do justice,” but to defend. In contrast, the duty of a prosecutor is not to win at all costs, but to “do justice.”

As a criminal defense attorney if you can get your guilty-as-sin client off on a technicality then you must, and should. If you can get him acquitted by exposing the holes in the State’s case then you must, and should. Leitner seems to have already resolved this “moral dilemma” satisfactorily, encompassing it within a larger conception of “justice.” That is, within this larger conception of justice there is no moral dilemma inherent in zealously representing a factually guilty client.

The point is not whether or not Leitner carried out his duty as a criminal defense attorney but rather whether or not he is able to carry out his duty as a prosecutor.......and you, more than anyone, should recognize that Leitner is a criminal defense attorney masquerading as a prosecutor.