Some have defended the two prosecutors, saying they were good lawyers without any racist tendencies and have criticized Ms. Lykos for her actions in the matter. Some have put blame on the judge for not placing the wrongly stricken jurors on the panel and for busting a panel the following day. Some have praised Ms. Lykos for signaling the end of the good ol' boy network at 1201 Franklin.
What few have done is focus on the harm to Ricky Whitfield. Mr. Whitfield has been charged with murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He has been held in the Harris County Jail, without bond, since January 4, 2008. Mr. Whitfield was given a new trial date - June 8, 2009 - after the second panel was busted the day after Mr. Whitfield's attorneys' successful Batson challenge.
Mr. Whitfield, who is presumed innocent unless the state can prove him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, will have spent more than 15 months behind bars when he sits down at the defense table in June.
If the prosecutors' careers are tarnished as a result of their actions, so be it. It is because of their actions on this week, that Mr. Whitfield's day in court has been delayed.