Wednesday, February 8, 2012

When the fit hits the shan

Might Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos want to change her story about the little internet search she had an investigator run on members of the grand jury looking into the BATmobile fiasco?

Because, if she was so inclined, now would be the time.

It appears her snooping around has attracted the attention of the Texas Rangers and the FBI. Using county resources to conduct background checks on grand jurors? Hmm, doesn't seem like such a good idea now, does it?

I might be going out on a limb here, but I think Ms. Lykos has set a new record for the number of investigations into a district attorney's office in Harris County. With news that the Rangers and FBI agents were interviewing staff members of the DA's Office, Ms. Lykos might want to take a trip in Mr. Peabody's Wayback Machine and change her management style from the day she took over the 6th floor at 1201 Franklin.

Leading by fear might get people to do what you want them to - but it certainly won't engender loyalty. The really juicy stuff always comes from the "disgruntled" staffer.

I would imagine that a lower-level staffer might have less incentive to keep quiet than a higher paid prosecutor. And while grand juries might give Ms. Lykos and her office the benefit of the doubt, I'm not thinking the FBI would take the same attitude.

Things just got a bit more interesting.

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