Thursday, February 16, 2012
JIM LEITNER..........SOCIAL PARASITE
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 counsel...................one 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.