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Bev's Burner
Some's Hot, Some's Not 

By B.K. Carter

"Bev Carter is the owner/publisher of the Fort Bend Star, winner of numerous state and national awards. She has been a voice of Fort Bend's largest circulated newspaper for 30 years."


 

I was this close to a clean getaway when wham, I got pulled right back in. I’m speaking about my complaint last week of not being able to speak to Congressman Pete Olson - how he would never call me back.

Only minutes after I sent my column to the printer last week, Rep. Olson called me, and we finally connected. I won’t go into our conversation except to say we agreed to disagree.

Rep. Olson did agree that partisan rancor was turning many people off politics and politicians. Of course, I think the simplest solution is simply to “Stop it!” Voting the party line 100% of the time (both sides) is certain to continue the poisoned atmosphere in Washington.

Actually, I think there may be some hope for Pete. After all, he cut his teeth with Phil Gramm and wasn’t Gramm one of the legislators who jumped ship to the other side, showing he had been able to see the other side for some time. However, Gramm has been accused of orchestrating the current financial meltdown due to his legislative agenda of deregulation. So, six of one, half dozen of another.

I hear from the Fort Bend courthouse that County Court-at-law Judge Walter McMeans, who recently announced his retirement at the end of his term, has already for all intents and purposes, retired. This is troubling because Judge McMeans’ term does not end until Dec. 31, 2010, over a year from now.

According to the courthouse gossip, Judge McMeans doesn’t hear any juvenile cases anymore, which puts a heavy burden on the other county court-at-law judges. Then he puts a lot of his work onto Associate Judge Harold Kennedy, himself a recent survivor of cancer treatment. Many of the cases Judge McMeans transferred to Judge Kennedy are not cases that Judge Kennedy can legally hear, putting the outcome of these cases in potential risk.

It is a shame that Judge McMeans has to ruin a distinguished career by not knowing when to quit. The conventional wisdom is that Judge McMeans is waiting to retire because he wants his son, Jeff McMeans, to run and win the job.

If Judge McMeans quits before the end of his term, then Commissioner’s Court will name an interim judge, and if my sources are correct, it won’t be Jeff McMeans.

Judge McMeans doesn’t want someone to run for the same job as his son with the benefit of an incumbency. It’s time for Judge McMeans to realize that we don’t have a patrimony here. Who does he think he is? A Bush?

Meanwhile, we are left with an inefficient judge who puts off his work on other judges who have bulging dockets themselves.

Perhaps the voters will want to take it out on his son, when he does run for the job.

I covered a murder trial last month that lasted over two weeks. Charlene Hill was tried for killing her husband in self-defense. He had allegedly abused her for years and was 6’5” compared to her diminutive 5’4” stature. Testimony revealed that most thought he would kill her before she killed him.

The sticking point seemed to be that she could have retreated into the bathroom or out the other door to escape him. Testimony also revealed that he liked to sneak up on her in the bathroom and attack her by either raping her or choking her. A bathroom door was no deterrent.

In any event, it was a hung jury but of course our District Attorney’s office is hot to retry her. A trial date is scheduled for February 12, 2010.

When I listened to the tape made by one of the first officers on the scene, I wondered why the case was ever brought before a grand jury.

Then I remembered. She had a million dollars she turned over to her adult children when she was arrested. She then tried to make her children give it back to her, but they had already spent most of it. She finally got enough back to pay her taxes and other bills. After that, they turned on her. They even filed a wrongful death suit against her, even though they had plotted themselves to kill their abusive father.

I have a sneaking suspicion that her kids and his family, who also entered into the wrongful death suit, might have put some pressure on the district attorney’s office. Wonder who was handling grand jury presentation at the time? Oh yeah, maybe it was that guy fired by DA John Healey.

I was interviewed by Tru TV (formerly Court TV) about the trial. They flashed a photo of me on the screen and did a live telephone interview. I heard from people from San Antonio to Memphis. I didn’t know that many people watched TV during the day when the trial was on.

I must admit I got this from Sue Hauenstein. I did it and found it pretty interesting, in a Facebook sort of way.

Send an email to some of your friends and ask them to email you back their answer. Ask them, “If you saw ME in a police car what would you think I got arrested for?”

You were encouraged to answer to the sender only, but ask your own friends to answer the question about yourself.

One of my good friends said she would think I was doing a story about the hard job of a policeman. One of my best friends said, “DWI.”

I got some answers ranging from, “Biting a policeman, Hitting a politician, and Considering your history (imao), I’d have to say attempted murder.”

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