What caught my attention in this trial is that in the Houston Chronicle coverage there is mention of a lot of names that overlap all things Anna Nicole Smith trials.
At one point the Houston Chronicle says; “So how corrupt is the local scene? It all depends on what you compare it to, said Rice University political science chairman Mark Jones. “If you reference Chicago,” he said, “it’d be more similar. To Minneapolis? More corrupt.”
I have said many times since I return to Texas in 1990, what happened to “my Texas”, the one I grew up in and moved out of in 1977.
Who is Jerry Eversole? He is a County Commissioner in Harris County Texas that has been slammed with four federal indictments accusing him of accepting bribes and filing false income tax returns.
After demanding a quick and speedy trial after being indicted at the end of December 2010 and a three week trial in March 2011, the case went to the federal jury last Friday, March 25, 2011, with the defense led by fame Texas defense lawyer Rusty Hardin, deciding to put on NO defense. Rather it was the hint of the good ole boys and just friends helping friends like we do in Texas that Hardin rested on. Was it a gamble, yes per court analysts. Hardin of the fame J. Pierce Marshall and Anna Nicole Smith Probate fight way back in the early nineties, decided to take the same position that Steve Sadow did with Howard K. Stern in California. Very simply put, the U. S. government did not put on a case that Hardin felt was based on facts and so no defense other than friends do favors for friends in his closing arguments was his choice as a defense for Jerry Eversole.
The Houston Chronicle article also mentioned one of our old friends, Judge Tony Lindsay and the hot water her husband Jon Lindsay landed in 1993. That’s the year six-term Harris County Judge Jon Lindsay called it quits after being indicted for perjury, accused of lying on a campaign finance report and being accused by a federal convict of accepting a bribe to reroute a county road to boost the prospects of a housing development. The perjury indictments eventually were thrown out, and no criminal charges resulted from the bribery allegation. Still, Lindsay suffered a battering at the hands of then-County Attorney Mike Driscoll, who filed suit to remove the judge from office. Even that, however, was not enough to keep him out of office, as Lindsay went on to represent northern Harris County in the state Senate from 1996-2006.
The jury deliberated two hours on Friday and returned this morning and is deliberating again on the charges of alleged bribes cited by prosecutors included $17,000 Eversole received in landscaping, $30,000 in antique firearms, and $63,000 to pay off his mortgage. Eversole also was charged with filing false income tax returns in connection with the benefits.
Jerry Eversole’s friend Michael Surface also was indicted in December and is expected to go to trial in October. Defense attorneys maintain that prosecutors are “criminalizing” a 30-year friendship.
The other thing that caught my attention is the Judge Sharon Keller ongoing problems with the Texas state congress trying to impeach her and there has been another charge against her with the State Bar to disbar her, she was fined $100,000.00 by the Texas Ethics Commission, the highest ever fine, Jerry Eversole holds the second highest ever levied at a record $75,000 against him for campaign finance violations. If convicted Eversole could receive a maximum of 21 years in prison and $700,000 in fines.
Is this the beginning of cleaning up the Texas politics of hey friends help friends, or will it be business as usual and Jerry Eversole will walk this week?
Read the indictment and other papers filed before this quick trial and tell us if you think Eversole will walk?
1-10-11 Eversole Motion Limine (421)
1-24-11 Surface Motion Continuance (295)
3-6-11 USA Motion Limine (248)
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March 28, 2011
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