Criminal Verdicts, News and Nuggets

 

Jeff Ross Attorney     (Published February 1, 2017)   I am Attorney Jeff Ross – a former prosecutor and thirty-three-year veteran defense lawyer –  and I created this blog to inform the public the results of all criminal verdicts, along with other news and nuggets from the Harris County Criminal Justice Center in Houston, Texas. Thanks for connecting with us and we hope you enjoy this blog!  jeffross486@yahoo.com 


The next random drawing for the certificate will be Monday, December 18, 2017.  Drawing consists of Defense Lawyers mentioned in this blog between 12-3-17 and 12-17-17. Donated by Alan Helfman

December 11, 2017

Some Harris County criminal trials in progress:

MANSLAUGHTER – 262nd – 1115 Congress – 7th floor

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT – 230th – 1115 Congress – 7th floor

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT – 180th – 201 Caroline – 9th floor

December 11, 2017

Andrew Figliuzzi

Congratulations to Prosecutor ANDREW FIGLIUZZI for a GUILTY VERDICT in the 184th District Court – Cause Number 1560423

 

Child Endangerment    

 Sentence – 2 Years Probation  

Presiding Judge –  Jan Krocker 

 

Hilary Kustoff

Congratulations to Prosecutor HILARY KUSTOFF for a  MID-TRIAL GUILTY PLEA in County Court at Law Number 7 – Cause Number 2137711

Driving While Intoxicated >.15

 Sentence – 1 Year Probation  

Presiding Judge –  Sherman Ross   

Court Reporter –  Krista Hall  

 

Congratulations to Prosecutor TYLER WHITE for a  MID-TRIAL GUILTY PLEA in County Court at Law Number 11 – Cause Number 2142767

Deadly Conduct

 Sentence – Probation  

Presiding Judge –  Diane Bull   

Court Reporter –  Karen Young  

 

HARRIS COUNTY CRIMINAL TRIAL VERDICTS

February 1, 2017 – December 8, 2017

December 8, 2017

Jim Butler   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney JIM BUTLER for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  17-323859 – CCL1 – Montgomery County – Driving While Intoxicated 

Dan Richardson   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney DAN RICHARDSON for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  2056737 – CCL1 – Assault 

Jonathan Paull   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney JONATHAN PAULL for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  2154637 – CCL16 – Driving While Intoxicated 

RARE SNOWSTORM IN HOUSTON, TEXAS! 

On my way to felony court at the Civil courthouse

 

Britni Cooper

Congratulations to Prosecutors BRITNI COOPER (top) and LAUREN REEDER for a GUILTY VERDICT in the 230th District Court  – Cause Number 1517279

Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon     Lauren Reeder

HOUSTON CHRONICLE ARTICLE

 Sentence – 35 Years in Prison   

Presiding Judge –  Brad Hart 

December 7, 2017

Taly Thiessen   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney TALY THIESSEN for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  2137781 – CCL11 – Driving While Intoxicated 

December 6, 2017

 

Tyler Flood

Congratulations to Defense Attorney  TYLER FLOOD for a  MID-TRIAL DISMISSALafter a motion to suppress was grantedin County Court at Law Number 8 – Cause Number 2132291

Driving While Intoxicated

Presiding Judge –  Jay Karahan  

Court Reporter – Tiffani June-Yates 

Steve Belt

Congratulations to Prosecutors STEVE BELT (top) and MICALA CLARK for a GUILTY VERDICT in the 174th District Court – Cause Number 1532840  Micala Clark

Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon    

 Sentence – 30 Years in Prison  

Presiding Judge –  Leslie Yates 

Check out Houston Defense Attorney MURRAY NEWMAN‘s take on life at the Harris County Criminal Courthouse AFTER Hurricane Harvey.  He was interviewed on HBO’s Vice News.

Todd Overstreet   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney TODD OVERSTREET for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  2121084 – CCL11 – Driving While Intoxicated 

   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney GILBERTO RODRIGUEZ for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  2159542 – CCL3 – Assault Family Member

   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney YASHA SARDARI for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  2150494 – CCL10 – Driving While Intoxicated 2nd >.15

   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney DAVID RUSHING for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  2159328 – CCL16 – Prostitution

December 5, 2017

 

Brian Ayson

Congratulations to Defense Attorneys  BRIAN AYSON (top) and SEAN DARVISHI for a  NOT GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 8 – Cause Number 2149787   Sean Darvishi

Driving While Intoxicated

Presiding Judge –  Jay Karahan 

Court Reporter – Tiffani June-Yates 

Amanda Zelisko

Congratulations to Prosecutor AMANDA ZELISKO for a GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 14  – Cause Number 2133974

Driving While Intoxicated    

 Sentence – 18 months Probation  

Presiding Judge –  Mike Fields 

Whitney Rasberry

Congratulations to Prosecutor WHITNEY RASBERRY for a GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 2  – Cause Number 2110250

Failure to Stop and Give Information    

 Sentence – 90 Days in Jail  

Presiding Judge –  Paula Goodhart 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Defense Attorney  JIMMY ASHLEY for a  NOT GUILTY VERDICT in the 339th District Court  – Cause Number 1570756

Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Presiding Judge –  Belinda Hill 

Bill Stradley   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney BILL STRADLEY for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  2154108 – CCL1 – Resisting Arrest 

Jill Lansden   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney JILL LANSDEN for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  2131501 – CCL2 – Assault Family Member

Nathan Hennigan   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney NATHAN HENNIGAN for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  2141279 – CCL3 – Driving While Intoxicated >.15

December 4, 2017

 

AND THE WINNER OF THE $100 GIFT CERTIFICATE IS….

 

 

To claim your $100 gift certificate to Tony’s restaurant, please call Alan Helfman, (donor of the certificate) at 713-545-2866 and set up a time to personally pick up the certificate at his River Oaks Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram dealership located at 4807 Kirby Dr. 77098.  Deadline to pick up the gift certificate is December 17, 2017.  Be sure to thank Alan and ENJOY YOUR MEAL AT TONY’S! (Winner picked at random from Defense Attorneys mentioned in this blog from November 19, 2017 to December 3, 2017)

 

Alejandro Macias   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney ALEJANDRO MACIAS for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  2145834 – CCL3 – Assault Family Member

December 1, 2017

Sarah Moss

Congratulations to Prosecutor SARAH MOSS for a GUILTY VERDICT in the 228th District Court  – Cause Number 1469774

Indecency with a Child   

 Sentence – 10 Years in Prison  

Presiding Judge –  Terry Flenniken  

Alejandro Macias   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney ALEJANDRO MACIAS for earning trial setting dismissals for your client – Case Nos.  2079802-2079803 – CCL3 – Driving While Intoxicated and Carrying a Weapon

Tyler Flood   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney TYLER FLOOD for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  2137438 – CCL9 – Driving While Intoxicated >.15

 

Neal Davis III.   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney NEAL DAVIS III. for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  1505519 – 178th – Compel Prostitution by Force 

November 29, 2017

Ryan McLearen

Congratulations to Prosecutor RYAN MCLEAREN for a GUILTY VERDICT in the 183rd District Court  – Cause Number 1499428

Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child  

 Sentence – Life in Prison  

Presiding Judge –  Mike Wilkinson  

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SHOW ME THE JUSTICE!

Hats off to Prosecutor Britni  Cooper for dismissing (4) felony and (4) misdemeanor cases out of the 230th and County Court at Law Number 14 after extensive investigation by the District Attorney, defense attorney Carl Moore and two police agencies Britni Cooperdetermined that the defendant was innocent.  The right person has now been charged and justice has been served.   Good job Carl Moore and Britni Cooper!

HOUSTON CHRONICLE ARTICLE

Kate Ferrell   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney KATE FERRELL for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  2138429 – CCL9 – Driving While Intoxicated 2nd Offense >.15

Carl Haggard   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney CARL HAGGARD for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  2159825 – CCL7 – Prostitution

 

Chanae Connell Davis   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney CHANAE CONNELL DAVIS for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  2139712 – CCL8 – Assault Family Member 

Alex Udorah   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney ALEX UDORAH for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  2144831 – CCL5 – Assault  

November 29, 2017

Amanda Benavides

Congratulations to Prosecutor AMANDA BENAVIDES  for a GUILTY VERDICT in the 178th District Court  – Cause Number 1519159

Attempted Aggravated Kidnapping 

 Sentence – 50 Years in Prison  

Presiding Judge –  Kelli Johnson  

Jennifer Lawrence

Congratulations to Prosecutor JENNIFER LAWRENCE for a GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 5  – Cause Number 2102149

Driving While Intoxicated

 Sentence – 1 Year Probation  

Presiding Judge –  Margaret Harris  

 

Matt DeLuca

Congratulations to Defense Attorney  MATT DELUCA for a  NOT GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 1 – Cause Number 2144176

Driving While Intoxicated

Presiding Judge –  Bill Harmon 

 

Congratulations to Prosecutor GEORGE LINDSEY for a GUILTY VERDICT in the 180th District Court  – Cause Number 1496514

Assault of a Public Servant

 Sentence – 6 Years Probation  

Presiding Judge –  Catherine Evans 

 

Theressa Ford

Congratulations to Defense Attorneys  THERESSA FORD (top) and OLIVER BROWN for a  NOT GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 3 – Cause Number 2140539

Oliver Brown

 

Assault of a Family Member

Presiding Judge –  Bill Harmon 

Owen Campbell   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney OWEN CAMPBELL for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  2119345 – CCL5 – Assault 

November 28, 2017

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Congratulations to Judge Jay Karahan for having the honor to preside over the State of Texas versus Lee Harvey Oswald trial held at the South Texas College of Law Houston Garrett-Townes Auditorium.  The just completed trial resulted in 6 jurors voting guilty and 6 jurors voting not guilty.   The trial consisted of Prosecutor Gus Pappas and Defense Attorneys Robert Tanenbaum, Lawrence Schnapf and Bill Simpich presenting evidence from nine expert witnesses.    Good job, Jay!

Bianca Rodriguez

Congratulations to Prosecutor BIANCA RODRIGUEZ for a GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 5  – Cause Number 2092282

Assault of a Family Member

 Sentence – 250 Days in Jail  

Presiding Judge –  Margaret Harris  

Alli Cannon   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney ALLI CANNON for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  2135475 – CCL1 – Driving While Intoxicated

Sean Darvishi   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney SEAN DARVISHI  for earning trial setting dismissals for your client – Case Nos.  2151852 and 2151853 – CCL4 – Driving While Intoxicated and Carrying a Weapon

 

Andreea Ionescu   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney ANDREEA IONESCU for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  2142078 – CCL15 – Terroristic Threat 

   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney WILLIAM GIFFORD for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  1516077 – 177th – Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle 

   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney RICARDO PERAZZA  for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  2134974 – CCL5 – Assault of a Family Member  

 

COURTHOUSE NUGGET (current as of December 8,  2017)

Here is an updated list of the individuals who have recently filed an appointment of treasurer with Stan Stanart’s office to become a Harris County misdemeanor judge for 2018 (incumbent in green – 6 judges that are retiring are not included):

CCL1:  Paula Goodhart (incumbent)Hector A. Salgado

CCL2:  Bill Harmon (incumbent), Harold Landreneau, Ronnisha Bowman

CCL3:  Natalie Fleming (incumbent), Erica Hughes

CCL4:  John Clinton (incumbent), Shannon B. Baldwin

CCL5: (OPEN BENCH ) David M. Fleischer, Xavier Alfaro,  Armen Merjanian, Aaron Saldana

CCL6:  (OPEN BENCH) Kelley L. Andrews,   Linda Garcia

CCL7:  Pam Derbyshire (incumbent), Frank P. Pierce, Andrew Wright, Danval Scarbrough

CCL8:  Jay Karahan (incumbent) Franklin G. Bynum, Dan Simons

CCL9:  (OPEN BENCH), Toria Finch,  John Wakefield

CCL10:  Dan Spjut (incumbent), Lee H. Wilson

CCL11:  (OPEN BENCH) Gus Saper, Lori Botello, Aaron Burdette,  Sedrick Walker

CCL12:  (OPEN BENCH) Juan J. Aguirre, John H. Spjut, Cassandra Hollemon

CCL13:  Don Smyth (incumbent) Raul Rodriguez, Stephen Touchstone, Jessica Padilla, Michael Renfro

CCL14:  Mike Fields (incumbent), David Singer

CCL15:  (OPEN BENCH) Kris S. Ougrah, Samuel R. Bridgwater, Tonya Jones

CCL16:  Darrell Jordan (incumbent) NOT ON BALLOT UNTIL 2020

November 21, 2017

Jay Cohen   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney JAY COHEN for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No.  2145444 – CCL1 – Unlawful Disclosure of Intimate Visual Material

Dustan Neyland   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney DUSTAN NEYLAND  for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No.  2136247 – CCL10 – Assault

 

   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney LURO TAYLOR for earning trial day dismissals for your client – Case Nos.  1494907, 1560897 – 178th – Aggravated Assault and Evading Arrest

November 20, 2017

 

 

Congratulations to Prosecutor RYAN KENT for a GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law #12  – Cause Number 2146615

Driving While Intoxicated

 Sentence – 10 Months Probation/$750 Fine  

Presiding Judge –  Robin Brown  

November 20, 2017

 

AND THE WINNER OF THE $100 GIFT CERTIFICATE IS….

 

 

To claim your $100 gift certificate to Tony’s restaurant, please call Alan Helfman, (donor of the certificate) at 713-545-2866 and set up a time to personally pick up the certificate at his River Oaks Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram dealership located at 4807 Kirby Dr. 77098.  Deadline to pick up the gift certificate is December 3, 2017.  Be sure to thank Alan and ENJOY YOUR MEAL AT TONY’S! (Winner picked at random from Defense Attorneys mentioned in this blog from November 1, 2017 to November 19, 2017)

November 17, 2017

 

 

Congratulations to Prosecutor HOPE WILLIAMS-SMITH for a GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law #10  – Cause Number 2142528

Prostitution

 Sentence – 3 Days in Jail  

Presiding Judge –  Dan Spjut 

 

Brad Runcie

Congratulations to Prosecutor BRAD RUNCIE for a  MID-TRIAL GUILTY PLEA in the 177th District Court – Cause Number 1445761

Burglary of a Habitation

 Sentence – 16 Years in Prison  

Presiding Judge –  Terry Flenniken   

 

Carlos Rodriguez

Congratulations to Defense Attorney  CARLOS RODRIGUEZ (pictured) and LIZET DIAZ for a  MID-TRIAL DISMISSAL – after a hung juryin County Court at Law Number 13 – Cause Number 2142227

Driving While Intoxicated

Presiding Judge –  Don Smyth  

Crystal Henderson   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney CRYSTAL HENDERSON for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No.  1480413 – 174th – Aggravated Assault

Moncie Rasmus, Jr.   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney MONCIE RASMUS, JR.  for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No.  2129438 – CCL5 – Deadly Conduct

November 16, 2017

 

Tyrone Moncriffe

Congratulations to Defense Attorneys  TYRONE MONCRIFFE (top),  ANGELA WELTIN (bottom) and CHERYL IRVIN for a  NOT GUILTY VERDICT in the 185th District Court – Cause Number 1520333  Angela Weltin

Super Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child under 6

Presiding Judge –  Susan Brown 

 

 

Andy Schneider

Congratulations to Prosecutor ANDY SCHNEIDER for a GUILTY VERDICT in the 208th District Court  – Cause Number 1490417

Aggravated Sexual Assault with Child

 Sentence – Life in Prison  

Presiding Judge –  Reagan Clark  

 

Tim Goodwin

Congratulations to Prosecutor TIM GOODWIN for a GUILTY VERDICT in CCL4  – Cause Number 2121491

Driving While Intoxicated – 2nd Offense

 Sentence – 18 months Probation/$500 Fine/3 days in Jail  

Presiding Judge –  Natalie Fleming  

 

Bianca Rodriguez

Congratulations to Prosecutor BIANCA RODRIGUEZ for a GUILTY VERDICT in CCL5  – Cause Number 2133593

Assault Family Member

 Sentence – 1 Year Probation/$750 Fine  

Presiding Judge –  Margaret Harris  

Charles Zavala   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney CHARLES ZAVALA for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No.  2106433 – CCL3 – Driving While Intoxicated – 2nd Offense

Alexander Houthuijzen   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney ALEXANDER HOUTHUIJZEN for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No.  1544842 – 262nd – Aggravated Assault 

Lisa Andrews Alpe   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney LISA ANDREWS ALPE  for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No.  1508755 – 351st – Possession of Controlled Substance 

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PROSECUTOR PROMOTIONS!

“Congratulations to the following prosecutors who were promoted to #2 misdemeanor prosecutors –  SARA SIEGEL, HILARY KUSTOFF, ALVARO ESCORCIA, SHARICA GRAY, BELASHIA WALLACE, JAMES HU, ZACHARY GIBSON, SARAH MASSOUD, ALEX COHN, GRACE MURPHY and DAVID PURNELL!

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PROSECUTOR PROMOTIONS!

“Congratulations to the following prosecutors who were promoted to #3 felony prosecutors –  KELSEY LIEPER, SYED IMAM, CRISTINA PLATTER, NICHOLAS TOUPS, PRESTON BURNS, BRADEN RILEY, ANDI LEX, MARY GRACE SCHICK, STEWANNA MITCHELL and DANA LEGLER!

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PROSECUTOR PROMOTIONS!

“Congratulations to the following prosecutors who were promoted to #2 felony prosecutors –  MEGAN ELLIOT, KATHRYN SCHEFFER, and AUDIA JONES!

November 15, 2017

 

Andrew Figliuzzi

Congratulations to Prosecutor ANDREW FIGLIUZZI for a GUILTY VERDICT in the 184th District Court  – Cause Number 1493412

 

Impersonating a Public Servant

 Sentence – 4 Years in Prison  

Presiding Judge –  Jan Krocker  

 

Casey Goodman

Congratulations to Prosecutor CASEY GOODMAN for a GUILTY VERDICT in the 230th District Court  – Cause Number 1462975

Sexual Assault

 Sentence – 18 Years in Prison  

Presiding Judge –  Brad Hart  

 

Bradford Crockard

Congratulations to Prosecutor BRADFORD CROCKARD (pictured) and JACQLYN JANIS (from Huntsville) for a Jury Trial finding of CIVIL COMMITMENT in the 178th District Court  – Cause Number 0608785

The Defendant was sentenced to 28 years in Prison in 1992 and came up for parole.  Instead of walking the streets, the jury found beyond a reasonable doubt in a civil proceeding that the defendant constitutes a danger to society as a sexual predator and he was committed to a in-patient facility indefinitely.  (Re-Evaluation every 2 years)

Presiding Judge –  Larry Weiman  

 

Micala Clark

Congratulations to Prosecutor MICALA CLARK for a GUILTY VERDICT in CCL10  – Cause Number 2087227

Driving While Intoxicated

 Sentence – To Be Imposed 11/27/17  

Presiding Judge –  Dan Spjut 


 

Katie Ferrell

Congratulations to Defense Attorney  KATE FERRELL for a  MID-TRIAL DISMISSAL in County Court at Law Number 15 – Cause Number 2135327

Driving While Intoxicated

Presiding Judge –  Jean Spradling  

Antonio Benavides   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney ANTONIO BENAVIDES  for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No.  2146590 – CCL12 – Burglary of a Motor Vehicle

Tonya Roland-McLaughlin  MOTION TO SUPPRESS DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney TONYA ROLLAND MCLAUGHLIN  for earning a Motion to Suppress dismissal for your client – Case No.  1509037 – 338th – Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver

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“Good job Lott Brooks getting a 2nd degree felony case with a TDC plea offer reduced to a misdemeanor deferred on trial day!”

“So sorry to hear Analia Wilkerson will step down from the bench.  Thanks for your years of service!

November 14, 2017

 

Congratulations to Prosecutor SEPI ZIMMER for a GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 1 – Cause Number 2144381

Driving While Intoxicated

 Sentence –  1 Year Probation/$500 Fine  

Presiding Judge –  Nataiie Fleming 

Frumencio Reyes   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney FRUMENCIO REYES  for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No.  2150841 – CCL5 – Assault Family Member

Marcos Adrogue   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney MARCOS ADROGUE  for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No.  2135132 – CCL5 – Driving While Intoxicated

Joseph Gagliardi   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney JOSEPH GAGLIARDI  for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No.  2105557 – CCL12 – Assault Family Member

Jimmy Ortiz   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney JIMMY ORTIZ for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No.  1553412 – 185th – Felony Theft of Service

Kim Abbey  TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney KIM ABBEY for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No.  2090911 – CCL1 – Assault Family Member 

As Chief Prosecutor of the Check Fraud Division, I was tasked with combating a proliferation of bad check-writing.  This 1987 clip from Channel 13 goes back 30 years!

November 13, 2017

Well, the civil courthouse participants are not liking us today! The line is wrapped round both sides of the front for people to get inside the building – and it is 15 minutes past 9:00 docket call!   Looks like some people are going to be late for felony court.

November 10, 2017

 

Keaton Forcht

Congratulations to Prosecutor KEATON FORCHT for a GUILTY VERDICT in the 248th District Court  – Cause Number 1529158

Sexual Assault

 Sentence –  5 Years in Prison  

Presiding Judge –  Katherine Cabaniss  

Lott Brooks   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney LOTT BROOKS for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No.  1527756 – 177th – Aggravated Assault

   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney WILLIAM JONES for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No.  1523245 – 177th – Aggravated Assault

   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney ROBERT JONES for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case Nos.  1544048-1544049 – 177th – Aggravated Assault Family Member and Aggravated Assault

   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney LANCE HAMM for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No.  1538357 – 177th – Assault Impede Breath

Trevor Sharon   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney TREVOR SHARON for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No.  2153891 – CCL15 – Prostitution

Tyler Flood   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney TYLER FLOOD for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No.  2125787 – CCL15 – Driving While Intoxicated

Marcos Adrogue   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney MARCOS ADROGUE for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No.  1524528 – 182nd – Possession of Controlled Substance

Dan Richardson   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney DAN RICHARDSON for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No.  2135401 – CCL5 – Assault Family Member

   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney JIMMIE LEE BROWN for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No.  2140538 – CCL2 – Assault

November 9, 2017

 

Coby Leslie

Congratulations to Prosecutor COBY LESLIE for a GUILTY VERDICT in the 176th District Court  – Cause Number 1524489

Capital Murder

 Sentence –  Life in Prison  

Presiding Judge –  Reagan Clark  

 

Jeff Matovich

Congratulations to Prosecutor JEFF MATOVICH for two GUILTY VERDICTS in the 182nd District Court  – Cause Numbers 1469652 and 1469653

Indecency with a Child (Two Counts)

 Sentence –  Life in Prison on both Counts  

Presiding Judge –  Leslie Yates  

 

Urvashi Morolia

Congratulations to Prosecutor URVASHI MOROLIA for a GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 10  – Cause Number 2138024

Interference with the Duties of a Public Servant

 Sentence –  4 Days in Jail  

Presiding Judge –  Dan Spjut  

 

Congratulations to Prosecutor GEORGE LINDSEYfor a GUILTY VERDICT in the 180th District Court – Cause Number 1507087

Driving While Intoxicated 3rd Offender

 Sentence –  10Years Probation  

Presiding Judge –  Catherine Evans 

Corey Gomel The next time you see Defense Attorney Corey Gomel in the courthouse, make sure you hit him up for one of his business cards.  Corey took hundreds of his authentic baseball cards and meticulously glued the baseball card to the back of each of his business cards.  If he would have added a stick of gum this morning I would have taken a card.

Russell Neumann   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney RUSSELL NEUMANN for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No. 2159406 – CCL15 – Assault Family Member  

Perry Bass   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney PERRY BASS for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No.  2128904 – CCL3 – Burglary of a Motor Vehicle

November 8, 2017

 

Congratulations to Prosecutor TARA PARKER for a GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 11 – Cause Number 2150097

Assault Family Member

 Sentence –  1 Year Probation/ $500 Fine  

Presiding Judge –  Shelly Hancock 

 

George Tennant

Congratulations to Defense Attorney  GEORGE TENNANT for a  NOT GUILTY VERDICT in the 337th District Court – Cause Number 1521153

Theft $2,500 – $30,000

Presiding Judge –  Herb Ritchie 

Mekisha Walker   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney MEKISHA WALKER for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No. 2119614 – CCL2 – Driving While Intoxicated 

Carlos Rodriguez   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney CARLOS RODRIGUEZ for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No. 1511886 – 339th – Forgery of a Govt. Instrument

November 7, 2017

 

Dave Brucker

Congratulations to Prosecutors DAVE BRUCKER (pictured) and NATHAN MOSS for a GUILTY VERDICT in the 177th District Court – Cause Number 1507264

HOUSTON ABC 13 NEWS ARTICLE

Capital Murder

 Sentence –  Life in Prison  

Presiding Judge –  Reagan Clark 

 

Brad Walters

Congratulations to Defense Attorney  BRAD WALTERS for a  NOT GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 4 – Cause Number 2130954

Driving While Intoxicated

Presiding Judge –  John Clinton 

D'Angelo Lowe   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney D’ANGELO LOWE for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No. 2120053 – CCL3 – Assault 

Chris Downey   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney CHRIS DOWNEY for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No. 2132307 – CCL7 – Driving While Intoxicated

Carlos Rodriguez   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney CARLOS RODRIGUEZ for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No. 1495672 – 180th – Assault Family Member

November 6, 2017

 

Julio Vela

Congratulations to Defense Attorney  JULIO VELA for a  NOT GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 11 – Cause Number 2141048

Driving While Intoxicated

Presiding Judge –  Diane Bull  

 

Nathan Hennigan   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney NATHAN HENNIGAN for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No. 2151479 – CCL1 – Deadly Conduct 

Jed Silverman   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney JED SILVERMAN for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No. 2108687 – CCL7 – Assault Family Member

Maverick Ray   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney MAVERICK RAY for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No. 2139101 – CCL7 – DWI

 Frumencio Reyes   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney FRUMENCIO REYES for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No. 2144225 – CCL7 – Assault Family Member

November 3, 2017

 

Colleen Barnett

Congratulations to Prosecutors COLLEEN BARNETT and CASEY GOODMAN for a GUILTY VERDICT in the 184th District Court – Cause Number 1566723    Casey Goodman

HOUSTON PRESS ARTICLE

Capital Murder

 Sentence –  Life in Prison  

Presiding Judge –  Terry Fleneken 

Tyrone Moncriffe   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney TYRONE MONCRIFFE for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No. 1504691 – 337th – Felony Theft

Rahan Atia   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney RAHAN ATIA for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No. 1504690 – 337th – Felony Theft

   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney SAM KNIGHT for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No. 1504692 – 337th – Felony Theft

 

November 2, 2017

Congratulations to the (8) recent law school graduates who passed the Texas Bar exam and are now officially Harris County Assistant District Attorneys!  Best of luck as newly minted attorneys.  Do justice proud!  TIMOTHY ADAMS, MICHAEL HANOVER, PENNY MCINTIRE, URVASHI MOROLIA, RAFAEL QUESADA,  WHITNEY RASBERRY, KATHERINE THOMAS and TYLER WHITE.

 

Congratulations to Prosecutor SEPI ZIMMER for a GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 10 – Cause Number 2127783

Resisting Arrest

 Sentence –  210 Days in Jail   

Presiding Judge –  Dan Spjut 

 

Clint Morgan

Congratulations to Prosecutor CLINT MORGAN for writing a successful State’s brief that resulted in a MANDATE OF AFFIRMANCE in County Court at Law Number 11 – Case Number 2015799

Assault of a Family Member

November 1, 2017

 

Chauntelle Wood

Congratulations to Prosecutor CHAUNTELLE WOOD for (2) GUILTY VERDICTS in the 230th District Court – Cause Numbers 1499443 and 1498078

 

Aggravated Robbery and Evading Arrest with a Vehicle

 Sentence –  40 Years in Prison on Aggravated Robbery and 20 Years in Prison on Evading Arrest  

Presiding Judge –  Reagan Clark  

 

Derrick Saulsberry

Congratulations to Defense Attorney  DERRICK SAULSBERRY for a  NOT GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 8 – Cause Number 2130288

Assault Family Violence

Presiding Judge –  Jay Karahan  

Charles Zavala   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney CHARLES ZAVALA for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No. 2117986 – CCL4 – DWI

CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE STATISTICS

COURT-APPOINTED VS. HIRED LAWYERS

COURT APPOINTED LAWYERS – 46.7%

HIRED LAWYERS – 38.1%

NO LAWYERS – 15.2%

Below is a break-down of each court and the totals for appointed attorneys, hired attorneys and no attorneys for the disposed cases in July, September and October 2017.

The most exciting Astros game I have ever seen – Game 5 of the World Series!  Here is a 14-minute highlight reel of the most memorable moments from game 5.  Congratulations to our Houston Astros!!

 

NOW, JUST THE RUNS SCORED BY THE ASTROS!!

October 31, 2017

 

Justin Harris

Congratulations to Defense Attorney  JUSTIN HARRIS for a  NOT GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 4 – Cause Number 2168356

Falsifying a Drug Test

Presiding Judge –  Paula Goodhart  

 

Congratulations to Defense Attorney  ALEX AZZO for a  NOT GUILTY VERDICT in the 230th District Court  – Cause Number 1472523

Attempted Sexual Assault

Presiding Judge –  Brad Hart  

 

Dana Legler

Congratulations to Prosecutor DANA LEGLER for a GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 4 – Cause Number 2147535

 

Driving While Intoxicated

 Sentence –  180 Days in Jail   

Presiding Judge –  Paula Goodhart  

Lott Brooks   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney LOTT BROOKS for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No. 1521139 – 177th – Felony Theft

Katie Ferrell   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney KATE FERRELL for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No. 2139781 – CCL3 – Driving While Intoxicated 2nd

D'Angelo Lowe   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney D’ANGELO LOWE for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No. 1531793 – 182nd – Fraudulent Use of ID

October 28, 2017

 

COUNTY AND DISTRICT COURTS FIND A WAY TO REDUCE THEIR DOCKETS TO THE LOWEST POINT THIS YEAR

October 27, 2017

 

Congratulations to Prosecutor SEPI ZIMMER for a GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 1 – Cause Number 2111361

Driving While Intoxicated

 Sentence –  3 Days Jail/ $1000 Fine   

Presiding Judge –  Bil Harmon 

 

 

Fred Dahr

Congratulations to Defense Attorney  FRED  DAHR for a  NOT GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 9 – Cause Number 2128603

Driving While Intoxicated

Presiding Judge –  Sherman Ross  

Hattie Shannon   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney HATTIE SHANNON for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No. 1530276 – 184th – Aggravated Robbery

October 26, 2017

 

Congratulations to Prosecutor JENNIFER MERIWETHER for a GUILTY VERDICT in the 228th District Court – Cause Number 1456812

Capital Murder

 Sentence –  Life in Prison   

Presiding Judge –  Reagan Clark 

 

Patricia Segura   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney PATRICIA SEGURA for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No. 1482683 -180th – Burglary

David Breston   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney DAVID BRESTON for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No. 1514851 – 180th – Aggravated Assault

Katie Ferrell   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney KATE FERRELL for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No. 2127037 – CCL9 – DWI

 

 TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney MARTHA CLEMENTS for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No. 1497064 -351st – Aggravated Assault 

 

October 25, 2017

 

Matt Alford

Congratulations to Defense Attorney  MATT ALFORD for a  NOT GUILTY VERDICT in the 185th District Court – Cause Number 1503775

Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child

Presiding Judge –  Susan Brown  

James Becerra   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney JAMES BECERRA for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No. 1540880 -230th – Fraudulent Use of ID

Lott Brooks   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney LOTT BROOKS for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No. 1504519 – 230th – Evading Arrest – Vehicle

Tyrone Moncriffe   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney TYRONE MONCRIFFE for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No. 1536442 – 351st – Aggravated Assault

 

Maria Casanova TRIAL SETTING DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney MARIA CASANOVA for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case No. 2109684 -CCL2 – Assault 

 

October 24, 2017

 

Justin Harris

Congratulations to Defense Attorney  JUSTIN HARRIS for a  MID-TRIAL DISMISSAL in County Court at Law Number 9 – Cause Number 2079640 following a successful Motion to Suppress

Driving While Intoxicated – 2nd Offender

Presiding Judge –  Sherman Ross  

October 23, 2017

THIS IS THE SECOND POST-HURRICANE HARVEY JURY TRIAL IN HARRIS COUNTY AFTER 58 DAYS

 

Grace Murphy

Congratulations to Prosecutor GRACE MURPHY for a GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 2 – Cause Number 2139379

Resisting Arrest

 

 Sentence –  1 Year Probation and $400 Fine   

Presiding Judge –  Bill Harmon  

Juan Guerra   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney JUAN GUERRA for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case # 1532526 -182nd -Burglary of a Building

Abel Izaguirre   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney ABEL IZAGUIRRE for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case # 2120034 -CCL4 – Criminal Mischief

James Fletcher   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney JAMES FLETCHER for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case #2141634 -CCL5 – DWI

 

 TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney ANA RIVERO for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case #1518266 and 1519047 -230th – Aggravated Robbery and Burglary of a Habitaton

 

THIS IS THE FIRST POST-HURRICANE HARVEY JURY TRIAL IN HARRIS COUNTY AFTER 52 DAYS

October 17, 2017

 

 

Danielle Oxford

Congratulations to Prosecutor DANIELLE OXFORD for a GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 1 – Cause Number 2080659

 

Driving While Intoxicated

Facts:  The defendant was driving the wrong way down a freeway feeder road.  There was no accident.  The defendant had a BAC of .183

 Sentence –  1 Year Probation and $400 Fine   

Presiding Judge –  Sherman Ross  

DAY 51NO JURY TRIALS DUE TO HURRICANE HARVEY 

 

Courthouse News September 2017

 

Trent Dressen

September 26, 2017 – Harris County Assistant District Attorney Trent Dressen will be leaving the office after serving for one year and will become an assistant DA in Dallas County.  Trent is getting married this weekend to Ashley Alexander (pictured above) and it was easier for Trent to move to Dallas than for Ashley to move to Houston.  He begins work in Dallas on October 9th.  His comrades threw him a little going away party.   They were happy he was getting married!

Continue reading “Courthouse News September 2017”

Courthouse News – August 2017

   GUILTY VERDICTLindsey Hovland

08/25/17

Congratulations to Prosecutor LINDSEY  HOVLAND for a Guilty verdict in the 232nd District Court – Cause #1516523

Aggravated  Robbery

the charge – unlawfully while in the course of committing theft of property owned by the complainant, and with intent to obtain and maintain control of the property, intentionally and knowingly threaten and place the complainant in fear of imminent bodily injury and death, and the defendant did then and there use and exhibit a deadly weapon, namely a firearm

 Sentence –  10 Years Probation   

Presiding Judge – Terry Flenniken 

Continue reading “Courthouse News – August 2017”

Courthouse News – July 2017

  NOT GUILTY VERDICTTiffany Hill   07/31/17

Congratulations to Defense Attorney TIFFANY HILL for a Not Guilty verdict in the 176th District Court – Cause #1484553

Assault Family Violence

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly cause bodily injury to the complainant, a person with whom the defendant had a dating relationship, by striking the complainant with his hand

Presiding Judge –  Nikita Harmon 

Continue reading “Courthouse News – July 2017”