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Fort Bend County, At Large
By Cheryl Skinner

This column expresses the personal opinions/views of the writer. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Name can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number.


No love lost between prosecutor and defense attorney

Usually when competing attorneys end a trial, they shake hands, “do lunch” and prepare for the next round of legal skirmishes.

In fact, people often comment about how they can go for each other’s jugular vein in a court setting and then are seen dining and laughing out of court.

Well, you won’t see renowned Houston attorney Rusty Hardin sharing a sandwich with Fort Bend District Attorney John Healey.

The adverse feelings expressed during the trial of Fulshear Mayor Jamie Roberts certainly didn’t stop at the courthouse door this time.

The day after the trial, Rusty expressed disgust with Healey and his assistant DA Mike Elliot. In fact he says Healey is a disgrace to the profession as is Elliott.

And, he says, he is ashamed that he personally suggested John Healey for appointment to the DA’s position after he (Rusty) represented Fort Bend County in the forced removal of former District Attorney Jack Stern.

Bev Carter has repeatedly said that one of these days Mike Elliott, who Rusty describes as a “rogue prosecutor”, will “bite off more than John Healey can chew.”

After repeated court embarrassments, the Roberts trial may have done just that. From what I understand from those in the community, their craw is about full.

We will see if this feeling lasts until 2010.

Until then it will be interesting to see just how many more cases Elliott will commandeer and how many more times Healey will defend his golden boy.

The big question I have is----WHY?                                                       

I can hardly wait!

As everyone knows by now, those of us working for a living will get a whole whopping extra $13 a week when the federal government’s stimulus bill is passed. Of course, according to D.C. watchers, some people will only get about $7.50.

I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t seem to me to be much of a stimulus for those who are barely making ends meet in the face of sky-rocketing increases in gasoline, groceries and other essentials.

We won’t even mention health care costs, from insurance to medical bills and prescriptions.

I think if the real intent was to stimulate the economy, those boys in D.C. should have split up that trillion dollars and given each of us a bonus.

Now that would stimulate the economy.


Contact skinnerc1@tconline.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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