(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
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.
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
Dallas County leads the nation in the number of wrongful convictions that have later been overturned. A large number of these wrongful convictions occurred under the leadership of Republican District Attorneys John Vance and Bill Hill. Tammy Kemp learned to prosecute cases under their tutelage and Kemp learned her lessons well.
When Tammy Kemp prosecuted Ms. Telisa Blackman, Kemp withheld exculpatory evidence from Ms. Blackman’s defense attorney. As if withholding evidence is not bad enough, according to the Dallas Morning News,
Kemp said in October that she offers “no apologies” for the actions she took in the murder case because she was “seeking justice for our county’s most vulnerable victims.”
Ms. Kemp is sadly mistaken. Withholding evidence from the defense in order to gain a conviction is not justice for the person wrongfully convicted and it is most certainly not justice for the victims because the actual culprit is still on the streets free to commit further crimes and because the victims become unwitting accomplices in sending an innocent person to prison for a crime they didn’t commit.
In 2006, the year in which Democrats swept county-wide races in Dallas, Ms. Kemp voted in the Republican Primary. She is an overzealous and dangerous prosecutor who would be even more dangerous on the bench.
Ms. Kemp claims that her opponent, incumbent Judge Lena Levario is an “activist” judge. This is the standard battle-cry for those who object when judges have the courage to stand up for equal rights for all persons. Judge Levario is to be commended for her courage, not condemned for actively standing up for justice.
Tammy Kemp is a menace to justice and must not be elected judge.
Tammy Kemp refuses to apologize for withholding evidence from defense (Dallas Morning News
Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law against Tammy Kemp for Withholding Evidence