Welcome to Show Me the Justice! (Published February 1, 2017). It’s a blog to offer news and information about what goes on inside the Harris County Criminal Justice Center in Houston, Texas. We report the winners of all jury trials, keep the public up-to-date on publicity cases and entertain anonymous comments, complaints, compliments and suggestions from participants of Houston’s Criminal Justice System in an effort to see that justice is done.
MISDEMEANOR and FELONY TRIALS
Congratulations to the following prosecutors and defense attorneys for their victories at trial. We extrapolate this list each day from the records of the Harris County District Clerk. For any omissions, corrections, additions or deletions or to add or change your photo please email Mr. Ross at email@example.com.
(Editor’s note: The following are final verdicts only. What is not shown in the final verdict is the excellent work Defense Attorneys sometimes do for their clients by getting a verdict reduced to a lesser included offense or getting a punishment that is less than the plea bargain offered by the state. Not all trials are about guilt and innocence. To those trial lawyers … a job well done!)
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet for ALL trial verdicts from February 1, 2017 through March 24, 2017. Sheet 1 = verdicts starting with the most recent date to the oldest date; Sheet 2 = prosecutors and defense attorneys with last name in alphabetical order; Sheet 3 = county and district courts in numeric order Sheet 4 = in order of “not guilty” and “guilty”; Sheet 5 = in order of “type of offense tried”
The following cases were reported by the Houston Chronicle. A detailed look at the facts and circumstances may be found in the Houston Chronicle article by going to the Houston Chronicle link on each defendant’s excerpt.
We will update these cases to keep you informed of court dates and the final dispositions.
PENDING CASES IN COURT
Let’s talk about Houston’s Prosecutors and the DA’s office:
COMPLIMENT – a Defendant compliments: Thanks for my diversion program for my shoplifting case. It was a dumb thing to do with a friend who I don’t hang with anymore. It won’t happen again.
COMPLAINT – A lawyer complains: I do not like this new mail-in system for restitution. My client says she mailed the restitution a month ago and the division says her payment has not been credited. Is my client lying about sending payment? If not, did it get lost in the mail? Is it sitting somewhere unopened? Did it get delivered to the wrong P. O. Box? Did something more nefarious happen? Go back to the old way of accepting payment at the window inside the Criminal Justice Center – please!.
Congratulations to Prosecutor JESSICA MILLIGAN for her hard work protecting our defenseless animals in Harris County and for her national award given to her by the Animal Legal Defense Fund. See story at Animal Legal Defense Fund
COMPLIMENT – A Houstonian compliments: Bravo for not enforcing the marijuana law. It will be legal everywhere some day.
Let’s talk about Houston’s judges:
SUGGESTION – A lawyer suggests: I miss the good ‘ole days when Judge Ted Poe would try some other courts case if his court was not in trial. He always wanted to be in trial and give defendants their day in court. I wish some of our judges would try another courts case if they are idle. I hate always resetting my trial cases when we have available judges who can assist.
SUGGESTION – A lawyer suggests: Judges should not put onerous burdens on defendants while on bond for DWI. These devices on the vehicles are costly and many people cannot afford them. It should only be mandated by the judge if the client is convicted of a class A DWI charge.
SUGGESTION – A lawyer recommends: I don’t think Judges should forfeit a defendant’s bond simply because they are not there for docket call. If the defendant appears in court before the end of the morning docket their bond should not be forfeited. Everybody has been late in their life, including judges.
What people are saying about the bail bond system:
COMPLAINT – A defendant complains: I went to court and got arrested because my bondsman got off my bond. I paid them $500 to get out of jail, I went to court two times then they yanked my bond and the judge put me back in jail on my third court date. That’s not right or fair!
03/15/17 – HOUSTON CHRONICLE – Harris County has approved a program where Public Defenders will be present during bail hearings to assist defendants in receiving a fair bail hearing.
03/08/17 – HOUSTON CHRONICLE – See how the Texas Legislature is attempting to reform bail bond procedures.
COMPLAINT – A defendant complains: I was charged with shoplifting $150 and my bond was $5000. I know I have some criminal record, but I thought that bond was too high. I could not make bond and I had to plead out even though I felt like I wasn’t guilty. I just wanted to get out of jail.
It is a scary experience to get arrested for a crime, bond out of jail in the wee hours of the morning and face the courthouse where you might be convicted and sentenced to go back to that same jail.
Rest assured that this only happens to a minority of people charged with a crime in Harris County. This post is meant to give you – the defendant – a heads up on the ins and outs of the Harris County Criminal Justice Center so that you can try and become one of those people who do not end up in jail for their error in judgement.
Let’s talk about Houston’s criminal defense lawyers:
COMPLIMENT – A defendant compliments: My lawyer Jeff Ross did an outstanding job in getting my case dismissed. I would recommend him to anybody! (Thanks)
COMPLAINT – A defendant complains: I got a public defender and she acts like she is on the state’s side. I don’t feel like she is helping me.
COMPLIMENT – A defendant compliments: I hired my lawyer for $900 for a DWI and he got my case dismissed. Other lawyers were charging $2500 and higher. My advice is shop around because good lawyers don’t have to cost a lot.
COMPLAINT – A defendant complains: I have been to court 4 times and my lawyer never gets here until 11:00. I have to sit in court for 2-3 hours waiting for him. That’s not right.
Let’s talk about our law enforcement officers:
COMPLIMENT – A victim compliments: Thanks to the 911 operator and cops who came in 7 minutes to stop my boyfriend from beating me up. They took him to jail and may have saved my life.
COMPLAINT – A defendant complains: My cop keeps telling me to do these tests on the street to see if I can drive. I keep asking him if I am under arrest. He keeps telling me “no”. After the last test I asked him again, “Am I under arrest?” He says “no” then reads me something on a piece of paper that starts “You are under arrest for the offense of driving while intoxicated…”
COMPLAINT – A lawyer complains: My client was arrested for DWI and her wrist was broken when the officer had the handcuffs on too tight. Her wrist was swollen for days. Please be careful officers!
What people are saying about Houston’s jail system:
COMPLIMENT – A defendant compliments: I just did my 10 days in jail for a 30 day sentence. I was a trustee and was treated very fairly. I got my medications and had my own bathroom. I was in a tank with 24 other girls and they were all pretty nice. I don’t want to go back, but my experience in the jail was not bad.
COMPLIMENT – A defendant compliments: I was so thankful for the SWEPE Program which allowed me to do my jail time on weekends without actually going to jail. It allowed me to keep my job during the week and provide for my family.
COMPLIMENT – A defendant compliments: Even though I had to do 5 weekends on the SWEPE program it was better than going to jail for 10 days.
COMPLAINT – A defendant complains: I am never going back to that place. I learned my lesson.
What people are saying about the criminal courthouse and the system:
COMPLAINT – A defendant complains: This is all a joke and a game to law enforcement, lawyers, judges, etc. I was even told by a so called lawyer that it all boils down to who files first… it doesn’t really matters if you are innocent or guilty, it is all about money, money, money. They all make their little, sometimes dirty deals and play “chess” with your life.
COMPLAINT – A lawyer complains: The lay-out of this building sucks. It’s packed at the elevators and we can’t use the stairs from the first floor. That means we have to ALWAYS use the elevator to get from the first floor to go up.
What people are saying about the Probation system:
COMPLAINT – A probationer complains: My probation officer treats me like crap. She won’t reschedule appointments even though my work won’t let me off and she never returns my phone calls.
COMPLIMENT – A probationer compliments: My DWI probation was very hard but I made it though it. I haven’t used alcohol in over a year so this was a good thing for me and my family.