Harris County DA's Office, or Amway Sales Contest HQ?

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A no-doubt-disgruntled source has sent an internal memo from the DA's office to Mark Bennett, who writes the popular Defending People blog.

The memo is to newbie prosecutors and offers a variety of games to encourage them to go to trial in cases.

Examples: The first prosecutor to try ten DWI jury trials this year gets to assist a senior prosecutor in an intoxicated manslaughter DWI case; the first to try 12 jury trials will get to assist on a murder case, and --- wait for it -- a prosecutor who completes three jury trials in a week gets an afternoon off to do "lunch, movie, [or] bowling" with colleagues.

Second prize, we guess, is a set of steak knives.

Bennett, quite rightly, wonders how the contests will affect prosecutors' decisions as to whether to accept a plea deal or go to trial.

He notes that the memo, from John Jordan, closes with "And it goes without saying, what we do is always about justice."

"I love that right at the end John stuck in that nod toward justice, which 'goes without saying,'" Bennett says. "It's almost like he knew I'd be giving him hell for turning what should be a very serious matter of freedom, future and reputation into a fratboy game for 25-year-olds to play to get Friday afternoons off."

We've asked the DA's office for comment; we'll let you know if they have anything to say.

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PuddinTame
PuddinTame

Grow up. Looking for controversy simply because the memo originates in a public office is classic liberal media blather. You can try and make it LOOK like something improper is happening, but in the end, the legislature decided the appropriate range of punishments for a crime (and no one can get worse than the maximum provided by law). . . a judge decides the actual punishment for a crime (and if the courts are consistent, it it immaterial whether the case is resolved with a trial or with a plea). No one is entitled to a plea bargain. A supervisor who encourages new prosecutors to work hard (by trying cases rather than pleading them all away) is simply improving the skills of YOUR public servants. (Tell me the media elite don't reward their reporters when they come up with garbage like this, that attacks a public official simply because if you twist your head just right, and squint your eyes just so, this can be made to look improper. . . )

michaeldavis
michaeldavis

I was in Court yesterday at Harris County Criminal Court. I was dressed in a nice three piece suit and was the only person besides court staff in the room. The A.D.A. was talking to the bailiff about this contest. The A.D.A. was not going to say anything about it at first (seemed to know this is improper!), but looked furtively around the court room and I guess assumed I was an attorney before continuing to talk about the contest.

I think this is one reason they are retaining my case even after the complainant requested the D.A.'s office (in writing and notarized) drop the complaint. I had straight up told the A.D.A. I was not going to plea to something I am innocent of and would go to trial on day one of being in court.

Sad thing is I helped campaign for Patricia Lykos and get her elected. I thought she might straighten out the D.A.'s office that was a joke to start with. She has since made it into even more of a joke, and I think she has no interest in justice. I guess I will have to campaign AGAINST her next time.

Gaff in a Head Act
Gaff in a Head Act

OK, where to begin on this comment?

First, off the marijuana leaf as your ID photo.

Second, "I was dressed in a nice three piece suit...."

Third, you campaigned for Pat Lykos???!?!?!?!?!!?!!!

michaeldavis
michaeldavis

I am not going to continue feeding you, troll. Your assumptions have all actually been very incorrect. Please find someone of a lower intelligence to continue feeding your idiocy. Have a great day.

michaeldavis
michaeldavis

Ok where to begin with this reply to this comment that had no point. First off, don't be a hypocrite or think you can judge someone you do not know from an online avatar. Second, you don't dress nice? Third, did you campaign for anyone or did you just support the drunk party girl who was her opponent? Think before posting next time, you dick..

ha-ha-ha-ha
ha-ha-ha-ha

1) You use a marijuana plant as your avatar and then you ask to not be judged by it? Really? Either you are stupid or...well, no, you just sound stupid.

2) About the only case they don't dismiss at the victim's request might be something like domestic violence or child abuse...which one are you charged with?

3) You sound like a GREAT guy - I can't imagine why any public official wouldn't LOVE to have your ringing endorsement.

Craig
Craig

And did you hear the Telly "Joe Jones" Savalas is all up in arms?

Leah Price
Leah Price

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David Whitten
David Whitten

Don't you just love the arrogance of elected officials? In Texas, Houston justice has been viewed as a joke. Houston has a top shelf forensic department that rivals some third world country. You would get the same type of result by sitting a chimp at a NASA computer & asking it to produce a flight plan to Mars.

Richard Doll
Richard Doll

Second prize "a set of steak knives" - Way to go Richard - cup a coffee for you, 'cause "coffee is for closers"!

Mitch and Murray
Mitch and Murray

Third prize is you're fired.

Gawd, I love Glengarry Glen Ross....Glenn Beck/Rush fans need to watch it to get a taste of Alec Baldwin acting like them....

Jfre65
Jfre65

was thanking dont thy get payed from my taxes to do that job like you know a 40 houre work week ?

Gaff in a Head Act
Gaff in a Head Act

Aren't you wasting a LOT of 40-hour work weeks when you cannot even compose a logical and properly spelled sentence, sir? This is bad enough to drive me back to my workload.

"thanking" and "payed," indeed....

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