Voter Warning: Fred Jackson

Justice of the Peace Katy Hubener is the incumbent in J. P. Precinct 4, Place 2. She has an excellent record and deserves re-election.

Unfortunately, she has an opponent in the Democratic Primary Run-off Election. His name is Fred Jackson.

We are issuing a VOTER WARNING against Fred Jackson

  1. Fred Jackson has multiple Driving While Intoxicated convictions.
  2. Fred Jackson had his Peace Officer’s License revoked as a result of these convictions.
  3. Worst of all, Mr. Jackson doesn’t think that the police have probable cause to arrest an obviously intoxicated driver at the scene of an accident – even after failing three field sobriety tests.

Fred Jackson objects so strongly to arresting drunk drivers, that when he was convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, he appealed his conviction on the basis that “the police lacked probable cause to arrest him for DWI.”

Needless to say, the appeals court Justices Lang, Murphy, and Myers ruled against Fred Jackson.

In the written opinion, Justice Murphy wrote,

(Dallas Police Officer Tutt testified that:) (1) Tutt and his partner responded to the scene of an accident involving several cars; (2) appellant Fred Jackson approached Tutt at the scene and informed Tutt that he had been the driver of one of the cars; (3) the driver of one of the other cars involved in the accident told Tutt that the accident was appellant  Fred Jackson’s fault; (4) appellant Fred Jackson had bloodshot eyes and his breath smelled of alcohol; (5) appellant was “overly friendly” and kept touching Tutt, who told appellant more than once not to touch him; (6) appellant Fred Jackson exhibited a sufficient number of “clues” indicative of intoxication in each of three field sobriety tests that Tutt administered to appellant (the horizontal gaze nystagmus [HGN] test, the walk-and-turn test, and the one-leg-stand test); and (7) Tutt arrested appellant Fred Jackson for DWI following these field sobriety tests.

Contrary to Fred Jackson’s claim, the justices ruled that the above was sufficient probable cause to arrest Fred Jackson.

Read the entire ruling against Fred Jackson and then run as fast as you can to the nearest polling place to vote for the re-election of Justice of the Peace Katy Hubener.

Why Does Lisa Blue think she has to buy judges to “help” DA Craig Watkins?

(Tammy Kemp is the District Attorney who withheld evidence from a defense attorney resulting in a woman being convicted and sent to prison for a life-sentence for a crime she is unlikely to have committed.)

Dallas Attorney Lisa Blue Appears to Be Bankrolling Attacks on Democratic Judge Lena Levario

By Eric Nicholson Dallas Observer

Levario, a lifelong Democrat, would seem an odd target for a PAC that’s dedicated itself to thwarting Republicans. Why waste resources on a Democratic primary? No one from the GOP bothered to enter the race.

A quick glance at Lone Star Project Nonfederal’s campaign finance reports provides a possible answer. The PAC’s leading contributor, according to the Texas Tribune, is Dallas attorney Lisa Baron Blue. She has donated $185,000 since October 2012, about a quarter of the group’s total during that period. The $50,000 she chipped in on January 17 is the only contribution the PAC recorded on the report it filed 30 days before the March 4 primary.

See also: Judge Dismisses Charges against Al Hill III after Craig Watkins Refuses to Answer Questions

Blue, it’s safe to assume, is not a Levario fan. Levario is the judge who decided that Blue had improperly influenced Watkins to bring charges against Al Hill III, Blue’s opponent in a separate legal dispute, and held Watkins in contempt of court. When Blue was called to testify at a hearing, she invoked the Fifth Amendment.

Read the entire piece at the Dallas Observer

Houston Chronicle Endorses Judge Steve Kirkland

113th Civil District Court: Steve Kirkland

Steve Kirkland’s loss in the 2012 Democratic primary for the 215th civil district court stands as a case study in the pitfalls of a partisan elected judiciary. After serving for years as a dedicated and highly praised judge, Kirkland was challenged by an unqualified opponent whose campaign was almost exclusively funded from a single source – local plaintiff’s attorney George Fleming, who coincidentally had lost a major judgment in Kirkland’s court. The election was marred by underhanded attack ads, and the message to Harris County was clear: Justice is for sale.

Democracy should not go to the highest bidder. But history threatens to repeat itself. Fleming is at it again, bankrolling Kirkland’s only challenger in this race, Lori Gray.

There is no question in this election. Democratic Party voters should send a message and put Kirkland back on the bench where he belongs.

A graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, Kirkland served for four years as a civil court judge and eight years as a municipal court judge. He may not have the backing of a big-dollar plaintiff’s attorney, but he does have the endorsement of the Houston Chronicle.

Support Judge Steve Kirkland in his fight against dirty smear campaign

If you live in Harris County, this race is of critical importance to the integrity of the judiciary in Houston and Harris County, Texas

Please vote for Steve Kirkland for Judge, 113th District Court, Harris County.

We cannot allow attorneys to exact vengeance on Judges such as Judge Steve Kirkland because things didn’t go his way in the courtroom. Attorney George Fleming was sued by his clients for overcharging them in Judge Kirkland’s court. When the jury decided against Fleming and Judge Kirkland allowed the verdict to stand, Fleming decided to recruit and fund an opponent to kick Judge Kirkland off the bench. To make matters worse, Fleming then funded a smear campaign in which Fleming’s hand-picked candidate refuses to repudiate the smear and who has her campaign manager promoting the smear.

This has gotten so bad, it has made national news.

A dirty campaign about decades-old bad deeds

By Lisa Falkenberg Houston Chronicle

After Steven Kirkland stopped drinking nearly 30 years ago, he didn’t try to hide his painful alcoholic past. But he didn’t advertise it, either. That is, until last week… Continue reading