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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."

They ought to be ashamed!

I am very reluctant to write about what Iím going to write about this week. Mainly because Iím going to write about a case that is still before the bench in Fort Bend. I donít like to write about a case before its final disposition.

However, this case has dragged on so long that I donít know when it will be resolved, and every time I start thinking about it I get mad all over again.

Because it is still pending, I am not going to use any names. Iíll do that later.

My anger springs from the fact that I thought Fort Bend had grown up a little and the justice system over there at the courthouse was no longer such a good old boy regime.


Itís as bad as it ever was-as bad as the days when Juanita Jean and I were able to shame a judge out of office.

I donít know what made me think anything had changed. I guess it was because after that judge left, I mistakenly thought the excesses were gone.

Oh, I know we have a couple of judges, well, maybe one, who might be called a little bi-polar, but for the most part that particular judge does try to do his homework and except for some pretty spectacular public faux pas, he isnít too bad. Plus no one has been able to beat him because quite frankly, Juanita and I have gotten too old to bird dog those guys all the time.

My particular anger this time is over a divorce case that smacks of the good olí boy system of justice.

Now I know that divorce cases are probably the nastiest type of cases as they bring out the very worst of people who are ordinarily nice people. But their foibles and faults are highlighted while two people fight over a couple of chickens.

But what has got me so upset about this particular divorce hearing is the fact that a women and her four children are camping out in a house with no electricity--no lights, heat, or hot water for four children trying to go to school.

Meanwhile, the father lives close by with a new car, electricity and plenty of groceries in the larder. This mother has to take her children to the local gym to bathe.

She has been unable to even get the electricity turned on by opening a new account because she canít pay the past due, the past due her husband, the childrenís father, has been supposed to pay for months.

Iím upset because according to her lawyer, a young man from Houston, the local judge wonít even give them an emergency hearing although the husband/father is clearly in contempt of the judgeís earlier orders.

The husband is represented by a old time Fort Bend divorce lawyer who has been friends to every judge that has ever sat on a Fort Bend County bench.

Not only is the mother with four children in the dark, she is also afoot as her car has been repossessed, while her husband drives around in a new car. You know, youíd think a father would not want to treat his own children that way.

And youíd think a judge would be insulted, no matter the friendship with lawyers, if his own orders arenít followed.

This particular situation is so blatant I canít help but wonder if there is some other connection between this judge and the husbandís attorney.

This particular judge has not been elected to the bench. In fact, he lost the election for the judgeship, but the winning judge appointed him as his assistant judge (thereby taking care that he wouldnít run against him later). Then this judge was APPOINTED to the first judgeship that came available by Gov. Good Hair.

However, elections will eventually occur and by then, perhaps this divorce case will be over and I can go into all the gory details.

Meanwhile, Fort Bend women voters should take heed. Of all the judges in Fort Bend, both state district judges and county-court-at-law judges, there is only one, count them, ONE female judge.

I believe it is time for some changes.

Actually, what we need is a volunteer cadre of ďcourt watchers.Ē If you are retired or otherwise unoccupied, why donít you consider becoming a court watcher whereby every time (or almost every time) a particular judge uses his gavel, youíre there. That way we will have some eyes on the ground (sorry for the mixed metaphor) for not only the judges, how they behave and whether they are busy, but we can keep our eyes on some district attorneys as well. Call me at 281-690-4223 if you are interested. If Iím not in, leave your phone number. When we get enough volunteers, we will have a court watching school. Wonít this be fun?


Contact bkcstar@earthlink.net, if you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column. Write a SIGNED letter to the editor with valid day time phone number--name can be withheld by request.

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