Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Harris County criminal judge resigns out of the blue

The rumor mill is a-swirling down at 1201 Franklin with the sudden resignation of the Hon. Donald Jackson, the presiding judge of Harris County Criminal Court at Law No. 3. As no one has yet to confirm the reason for Judge Jackson's resignation, I have prepared a generic statement to explain the goings-on on the 8th Floor of the Harris County Criminal (In)justice Center.

"This is a very difficult time for my family and I right now. I would like to apologize to my family, my colleagues, my supporters and the citizens of Harris County for _______________ and any embarassment it may have caused. At this time I feel it best for my family and this court that I resign. I also want to thank all the people who have supported me through the years - without your hard work and dedication I never would have had the opportunity to serve the citizens of Harris County."

If there are any other elected officials in Harris County needing to make a quick exit from public life, please feel free to cut-and-paste this statement as necessary.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not sure where you get your information, but to my knowledge and resources, Judge Jackson has not resigned. It may be wise to get the facts with confirmation before spreading defaming blotter about an elected official. It is obvious you wanted to be the one to 'break the news' as if you are some sort of an insider, but instead, you 'broke' the law!

Houston DWI Attorney Paul B. Kennedy, said...

The information I received last night was incorrect.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous,

I don't know where YOU got your information, but nothing said here was defamatory. But even if it was, the law provides almost no protection against defamation for elected public officials. It's a little thing called the First Amendment.

Thus, your conclusion that Mr. Kennedy "broke the law" is way off base. If anything, he made the same mistake you did: speaking from his own misunderstanding.

Anonymous said...

We also heard the same thing and then heard there was a cover up for what happened or did not happen.BE WARY OF PUBLIC OFFICIALS

Jay Huddleston said...

Don Jackson is indicted for Official Opperssion - thanks for the scoop; now YOU are owed an apology, right?

KIM L. said...
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Anonymous said...

Kim L I couldn't agree with you more. I was 18 when judge Mantooth had just come to court 180 back in 1993. It was my first offense. Never been in trouble before. I was charged with Agg robbery. They had no evidence beside a written statement from my twin sister which I'm sure she was forced to do without the opportunity to have an attorney present. I was convicted on a written statement with no evidence. In which judge Mantooth gave me a choice. Either take a 30 year sentence or a plea bargain for 12 agg. Or take my chances in trail and get hung by a jury. In which she made it crystal clear that I wouldn't win. Being a young African American woman I was railroaded. She stated that she was going to make an example of me and that she did. I felt alone and that no one cared or would listen to me. I fought my case for 2 years. And hired and attorney. But it did no good she had something to prove and she didn't care that I would spemd 12 years of my life in jail. I'm not surprised to see that she's known for over exercising her authority.