Wednesday, December 23, 2009

If you live in a glass house...

The sad saga of Judge Donald Jackson took an odd turn yesterday when an attorney representing Ariana Venegas fired off a letter to Judge Jackson's attorneys and the press demanding a formal apology for his actions - and the fact that his attorneys presented a vigorous defense in court.

The irony is that Ms. Venegas' attorney, Mr. Rob Todd, is a former city councilman in Houston who carried on an affair with another (former) councilman's wife while serving on city council.

Mr. Todd has threatened to file suit against the county, Judge Jackson and his attorneys should his client not receive the requested apology by 5:00 p.m. this afternoon.

Is this the future of litigation - threatening to file defamation suits against criminal defendants who put on a defense at trial? Or is Mr. Todd trying to drum up business now that tort reform has all but killed off personal injury and medical malpractice work in Harris County?

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