Murder quota needed for small town prosecutor
Does a district attorney need to meet a quota of capital murder convictions to declare himself a “victim’s rights advocate?” Simple trials, as the Richard Cobb case in 2002 can make a big impact in a small town.
And even easier to give yourself a “Law and Order Award” immediately afterwards.
According to Cherokee County District Attorney Elmer Beckworth, “juries pay attention to evidence and details.”
What about the evidence that has been fabricated or tampered decade after decade in Cherokee County, Texas, a la Troup Chief of Police Chester Kennedy?
Veteran police officer Chester Kennedy was in East Texas law enforcement for 12 years, while he stole pistols from the Troup city hall. How many similar search warrants, grand juries and drug seizures has Elmer Beckworth, Chester Kennedy, et al sign off on, during Kennedy’s 12 year tenure? In a town of 2000 in northern Cherokee County, it takes Smith County and federal agents to stop the blatant miscarriage of justice.
To stave off the stench of the corruption within his district, Todd Staples (R), Palestine
and District Attorney Elmer Beckworth co-wrote and sponsored the meaningless “Faye Harris Amendment” otherwise now known as Proposition 4. East Texas is not known for its champion of the 4th Amendment, rather its pulling the wool over the eyes of the populace.
This bill allows district attorneys to set the conditions and amount of bail, based on the nature of the accusation, without the messiness of waking up a district judge and having a hearing. Why not save the taxpayers some more money and just let Texas’ district attorneys try murder cases in their heads, and forego the ruse of having an untainted/unbiased jury? Out of 20,000 registered voters, only a handful have served on Cherokee County grand and petite juries in the last 20 years. Small case load.
From 2002 to 2004 there have been only 2 murders committed in Cherokee County, the Vandeer case and the Faye Harris case. Larger counties like Travis, Tarrant and Harris counties see hundreds of murder trials in their respective district courts. Cherokee County has one or two every 2 to 3 years. And these murder trials are exploited by the locals to make it seem like they were living in the homicide center of the universe, instead of a drug dealing pile of microscopic sh*t.
As in the Faye Harris case in 2003, her estranged husband Michael Harris was repeatedly arrested and placed on bond for threatening to kill his wife. Arrested repeatedly, though his initial bond for a pending felony arson trial (Harris allegedly burned down his ex-wife’s home) was never pulled by the Cherokee County district courts. Perhaps in hope that Harris would gun down his wife and the locals could again get their names in the paper for being ‘victim rights advocates.’ It’s easy to prove murder in the first degree when the continual pleas from Faye Harris to “lock up her soon to be ex-husband” were deliberately ignored and his bond not rescinded. Was it that Michael Harris was too valuable an asset to have arrested, being that he was seeking drug treatment at the Rusk State Hospital, under guard and escorted by the Cherokee County Sheriff Department? No reports of Michael Harris being a Confidential Informant for local law enforcement either. Habitual drug addicts face a revolving door sentencing process when they cop pleas with the district attorney’s office.
Notice Beckworth has to take the case to another grand jury to get drug informant Michael Harris to cop a plea.
Every 6th grader knows that if the conditions of bail are violated, as in Michael Harris re-arrested for harassing his wife REPEATEDLY, not to mention his drug charges, then he would have been locked up the first time FOR VIOLATING HIS BOND. Bond would have been denied after he was caught spitting on the sidewalk. Does this impress the misinformed?
Knowing that a potential murderer is repeatedly attacking your daughter does not a Christian make, Mrs. Bell.
Your daughter would be alive if the Cherokee County district attorney’s office was not more interested in keeping Michael Harris out of jail and on the streets of Jacksonville, than revoking his bail with one phone call to the district judge. Better to have a dead woman to champion, than a convicted drug addict not giving up his contacts to Cherokee County law enforcement. Maybe Michael Harris was one of bailiff Randal Thompson’s dealers.
Only a county that corrupt would produce a district attorney so arrogant as to tell the world that he alone, found a “flaw in the Texas Constitution.” With Proposition 4 still fresh in their East Texan minds, they have collectively butchered the Fourth Amendment. And they are eagerly waiting for the next Cherokee County homicide to grand stand on.