We Must Prosecute Criminal Prosecutors

Friends-

Again we read about new allegations of serious misconduct by Harris County Das.
DAs across this state have lied and cheated for decades to obtain convictions.

Da Ken Anderson did it to
Michael Morton.

Da Sebesta, did it to Anthony Graves.

Da Kelly Seigler is accused of doing it to David Temple.

Da Dan Rizzo is accused of doing it.

Now Senior DAs Spence and Goodheart are accused of doing it. The accusations are startling in that a retired DEA Agent accuses Spence of
Outright intimidation and misconduct.

The Harris County DAs Response? They will wait and see what the court does before launching their own Investigation!
Translation, they will cover their eyes.
I will not cover mine and I suggest you not cover yours.

There is no punishment for DAs who lie and cheat to rob our fellow Texans of their liberty.

Michael Morton spent 25 years in prison. DA Anderson hid exculpatory evidence. Anderson lost his bar card and sipped coffee with the sheriff for a week. That’s not punishment.

Anthony Graves spent 18 year on Death Row.
The Fifth Circuit found DA Sebesta manufactured evidence to obtain the conviction. Sebesta has not been punished in any way.

The law affords no real punishment for Das who lie and cheat to rob our fellow Texans of their liberty. This is wrong. We must urge our state reps and senators to change the law. We need protection from criminal prosecutors.

Prosecutors who willfully violate the law to send anyone to prison, should be subject to serious felony criminal prosecution.

Doing the right thing, obviously is not inherent in all prosecutors. Those prosecutors who steal Liberty should face Prison and the loss of their own Liberty.

Nothing less will stop prosecutors who are criminals.

Robb Fickman
Houston

Comments Welcome

About Robert Fickman

Robert Fickman is a criminal defense attorney with 33 years experience in defending the citizen accused in both state and federal court. He is a past president of HCCLA and remains active in its mission.

    7 comments on “We Must Prosecute Criminal Prosecutors

    1. Dick DeGuerin

      February 15, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      You’re spot on, Robb. Keep it up.
      DeG

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    2. Robb Fickman

      February 15, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      Thanks Dick. The Legislature needs to pass laws to protect us all from these criminals with ties and a badge.

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    3. Carmen Roe

      February 15, 2015 at 6:59 pm

      The response from the Harris County District Attorneys Office regarding recent claims of misconduct by prosecutors in the office is very disappointing. The Office’s position that it will not not even look into the allegations in Mrs. Cary’s case unless, and until, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals requires an evidentiary hearing, is unacceptable and completely ignores its obligation to ensure justice is done in any case.

      HCCLA asked District Attorney Devon Anderson to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate allegations against former Harris County prosecutor, Dan Rizzo. The Office never responded to the request and there is no indication that an investigation has ever been conducted.

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    4. Robb Fickman

      February 15, 2015 at 9:29 pm

      Carmen

      The DAO will never be able to investigate the DAO. This DAO takes 1 step forward and 10 steps back.

      We need serious criminal penalties, state or federal, for prosecutors who willfully
      Violate the law to obtain a conviction.

      If the State Legislature does not act then Congress should act. The citizens need protection from corrupt prosecutors.

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    5. Susan Schoon

      February 16, 2015 at 8:45 am

      I was just having this conversation with another attorney last week. I believe that prosecutors in my area may be indicting witnesses to control their testimony somehow –tampering, in other words.

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    6. Cory Roth

      February 16, 2015 at 8:58 am

      Doesn’t HCCLA and TCDLA have hired lobbyist? For some reason, the criminal justice theory of deterrence still prevails, so why not apply it to DAs? Sends like a worthy project.

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      • Robert Fickman

        February 16, 2015 at 4:47 pm

        Cory- The DAs have a powerful lobby and a pro- prosecution state legislature. It will be hard to pass any law that punishes DAs who willfully engage in criminal conduct to obtain a conviction. Still, we must try.

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