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Comment from: FM Voter [Visitor] Email
Mr. Willis has served the citizens of Collin County with the utmost integrity and he will continue to do so if elected as our next DA. What happened to our secretive grand jury process? What a shame that this information is out in the public. This entire situation smells of political intimidation.
11/19/09 @ 09:43
Comment from: Christobell [Visitor] Email
Bill, thank you for tracking down this story. Both Jill and Greg Willis are honorable public servants. This certainly sounds like a political witch hunt.
In regards to Judge Wooten, wouldn't the Ethics Commission be the one filing charges, or am I mistaken.
I hope Judge Willis is our next District Attorney.
11/19/09 @ 10:21
Comment from: Lindy [Visitor] Email
Having know Judge Willis for several years as a private citizen, he and his wife have my utmost respect because of their integrity in their private as well as their public lives.

The fact that this has leaked from a Grand Jury proceeding should send up red flags to everyone.
11/19/09 @ 10:36
Comment from: Friend of Justice [Visitor] Email
The Texas Attorney General should provide oversight over this matter. The reputation of Collin County has declined severely under John Roach. I believe Willis to be an honest and fair man, so I welcome a special prosecutor in the case.
11/19/09 @ 10:49
Comment from: bill [Member] Email
FM & Lindy,

I couldn't disagree more. The problem is not that these issues have become public. The problem is that they are happening at all.

Injustice done in secret is still injustice.

Thank you for your comments.

Bill
11/19/09 @ 11:01
Comment from: bill [Member] Email
Christobell,

I'm not a lawyer, but it is my understanding that venue for campaign ethics violations is Generally in Travis County, and usually AFTER the Texas Ethics Commission has failed to get satisfaction.

Look at the Priddy case in Dallas. First the ethics commission fined him, then they fined him again, then the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct ruled with a warning. Taking a campaign ethics case directly to a Grand Jury looks to be to be highly irregular.

I'd welcome any comments from attorneys familiar with the law and remedies on campaign ethics.

Bill
11/19/09 @ 11:07
Comment from: FM Voter [Visitor]
Perhaps I didn't state that the correct way. I agree with you Bill. Injustice in any form, public or private, is injustice. As you stated, the problem is that these issues are happening at all.
11/19/09 @ 11:17
Comment from: Interested Observer [Visitor] Email
If you dig a little deeper into Willis's background, especially during the time he was a prosecutor with Collin County, you just might find more information that shows he is not qualified to be the next DA of Collin County.
11/19/09 @ 11:19
Comment from: Anon [Visitor]
Interested Observer,

I assume that you are referencing the altered and inconsistent Willis personnel file that DA Roach is giving to anyone who asks him - in violation of county policy.

Roach and his office using the Grand Jury for this type of activity is in violation of many laws, both State and Federal. If he has abused his office in this manner he and his assistants have committed first degree felonies and can be imprisoned for 5 to 99 years and fined $10,000 each.

Even by forcing Judge Wooten to not hear criminal cases they are impeding her ability to perform her lawful duties and are guilty of official oppression - a Class A Misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in prison and up to $4,000 fines.

It is time for the District Judges to stand up to the oppressive and illegal actions that have been practiced in this county since Roach took office.
11/19/09 @ 11:37
Comment from: Drinda Randall [Visitor] Email · http://DinPlano
I believe it is an injustice that anyone can slander a person's reputation without consequences. This is dirty Chicago-style politics. Luckily Texans are far more aware of when something doesn't smell right. Americans are sick and tired of these petty games that would keep a good, ethical person from running. This is not a game to us anymore. We want action and return of ethics in our courts. We need Mr. Willis. He is everything we would want in a ethical, God-fearing politician. I have met him numerous times and you can see this is not a game to him he wants to do right by our citizens and our country. I pray we get more like him. So good luck with the 'case' against him because the good guys want their country back!
11/19/09 @ 11:40
Comment from: Tom Daley [Visitor] Email

In my dealings with Judge Wooten in her court, I have found her to know the law and apply it with an even hand. That is a much bigger statement than anyone has made about her predecessor in a very long time.

I'm not impressed by general allegations of campaign finance "irregularities." In my last campaign, my opponent and I watched each other's Federal Election Commission filings like (hungry) hawks and, yes, both of us received letters from the FEC informing us that one report or another needed to be filed differently or with additional information. But neither of us ever made an issue of it--because it's not an issue.

Already the families, the accused, and businesses in Collin County must wait for justice because there are too many cases and too few courts. It's a huge disappointment to me that we will have to forego the careful jurisprudence of Judge Wooten in criminal matters until this witch hunt is over. The people of Collin County deserve better and they got better when we overwhelmingly elected Judge Wooten in 2008.

11/19/09 @ 12:26
Comment from: Jonathan G [Visitor] Email · http://Roaches are meant to be stepped on!
It is quite clear that the DA and his team are going to waste tax payers dollars and try to smear a man full of integrity who is the front runner. People like the "Roaches" obviously are out for ill intent and also are what makes our political system drive away good people from running for political office.....Roach - I hope you get taken DOWN AND OUT of your JOB for this immature and irresponsible behavior - Tax payers HAVE ENOUGH.

Concerned citizen!
11/19/09 @ 12:36
Comment from: Jim [Visitor] Email
More than anyone, the public demands that Judges FOLLOW THE LAW. That is in following the laws in campaigns, their court and activities and their personal lives. Let's wait and see what a grand jury says when they have reviewed the real evidence and not the rumor evidence. Wooten's win was attributed to her opposition's use of a controversial drug to fix drug use. I am not sure it was quite that simple.
11/19/09 @ 12:56
Comment from: Joan Q [Visitor] Email
Unbelieveable! I would like to know who in the world is policing the District Attorney's office. It is hard to believe that our tax dollars are contributing to such corruption. Greg Willis was most probably the most honest, hard working, respectable judge that Collin County has seen. That the "DA" office is "investigating" him for anything is infuriating. Mr. Roach, stop the maddness. Why don't you quit "investigating" lawyers and judges and get back to the job that the citizens of Collin County really need you to do. Fight Crime. Good Grief!
11/19/09 @ 12:57
Comment from: Andrew [Visitor] Email
It's a modern day Collin County witch hunt.
Yes, Jim, Judges do need to Follow the Law but by golly so does the District Attorney's office!
11/19/09 @ 13:01
Comment from: Allen Resident [Visitor] Email
So, how do we know what's really going on? We moved here because it seemed like a nice place to live, not corrupt like some places. I am trying to keep up with the happenings in Collin County, but this makes my head spin, How do we find out the truth?
11/19/09 @ 13:06
Comment from: Friend of Justice [Visitor] Email
Roach did not prosecute the men caught in the Murphy pedophile case and let those men go free. But now he is going after the judges instead? Roach has his priorities all wrong. He should be trying to find Ashley Estelle's killer.
11/19/09 @ 13:56
Comment from: Interested Observer [Visitor] Email
This is not just about the possible irregular authorization of payments to defense attorneys representing indigent defendants. You might want to check with the prosecutors who practiced in his court and ask them why they stopped doing bench trials to him. You might find that he was finding too many defendants 'not guilty'. Is that what you want in a DA? You might also take a look at his personnel evaluations when he was a prosecutor. They are public record and can be obtained. Do we want a DA who, according to the evaluations, showed poor judgment, did not know the law, did not prepare, did not follow policy, and treated his subordinates poorly?
11/19/09 @ 15:23
Comment from: Justice Wanted [Visitor] Email
Interested Observer wrote:

“You might want to check with the PROSECUTORS who practiced in his court and ask them why THEY stopped doing bench trials to him.

You might find that he was FINDING TOO MANY DEFENDANTS 'NOT GUILTY'.

Is that what you want in a DA?”
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This peculiar smear campaign response is quite telling, isn’t it?

FIRST:

Note that “Interested Observer” speaks of asking prosecutors – not lawyers of all types – but only prosecutors. Why is that?

I’ll tell you why.

Because “Interested Observer” is only “interested” in keeping a job.

You see, this person works in the DA’s office and doubtless will be impacted by the very much needed heavy duty house steam-cleaning and defumigation of the stench reeking from the Collin County District Attorneys Office headed by the secretive “ego-meister”, John Roach.

SECOND:

As if to underscore my point, look at the wildly warped mindset of this DA’s office employee.

Is JUSTICE the concern mentioned?

Hardly. What is mentioned as an issue of concern is that too many people WERE FOUND INNOCENT.

And that means the prosecutors looked bad. Think about it.

How bad is the case when the State, with all of its’ immense powers, can not prove its’ charges?

When the State can’t substantiate its’ charges, the defendant is innocent. Which of course IS EXACTLY what we DO want to happen.

Innocent people should not be convicted, much less even charged.

BUT, if as does “Interested Observer”, you were to work in our DA’s office where Convict At All Costs is the main goal –

and your career and paycheck are dependent upon convictions –

instead of Justice At All Costs –

then you have a problem when the roaches crawl back under the refrigerator.

So what does “Interested Observer” do? Take a page right out of the Collin County DA handbook:

1) Conduct a smear campaign,

2) divert attention from the issues at hand, and

3) hide behind smokescreens as typified by our State’s penchant for holding grand jury hearings in secret from the public.

(Or for deigning long decided issues as being “under investigation” forever so that Freedom Of Information Act requests will be denied - forever.)
11/19/09 @ 16:46
Comment from: Philip W. Moore, Jr. [Visitor] Email · http://www.pwm-law.com
I don't practice criminal law, and have no personal knowledge of the investigation regarding Greg Willis. With that said, I can comment on his personal reputation for integrity, honesty and overall exceptional character. The investigation involving Greg Willis had better hold water, because he is a man who's worthy of his good reputation. No political investigation should be allowed to take that away from him.
11/19/09 @ 16:53
Comment from: Philip W. Moore, Jr. [Visitor] Email · http://www.pwm-law.com
Interested Observer,

Greg Willis has been a prosecutor, a defense attorney and a judge. He's got the most complete perspective of any candidate for the DAs office. An elected DA is elected to administer justice, not simply to get convictions. Your comments are so outrageous that they should be unconstitutional. Indeed, if Judge Willis conducted trials before him as you suggest, his actions would indeed be unconstitutional. How do you determine how many cases should result in a criminal conviction? Not long after Greg Willis took the CC at Law 6 bench, a client of mine (Larry Crow) had a son of his (don't remember his name) get thrown in jail for driving in excess of 100 mph on the George Bush Turnpike while he was drunk. If I recall correctly, the kid (23 or 23 at the time) was more reckless than he was intoxicated. What happened to the him? He got the biggest sentence that he could have gotten. Is that tough enough for you, Interested Observer?

-Philip
11/19/09 @ 17:52
Comment from: Philip W. Moore, Jr. [Visitor] Email · http://www.pwm-law.com
Jim,

I thought Sandoval lost because he treated attorneys and litigants poorly. Moreover, Sandoval was the least regarded judge amongst the members of the bar for years. Sandoval also got lazy in a campaign where his opponent was motivated and had a good chance of ousting the incumbent. Yes, Sandoval came across as a puppet for Prometa, which is an expensive and ineffective treatment for methamphetamine addiction that Sandoval tested on "voluntary participants" like lab rats. There's just too much out there about Sandoval to surmise that he lost to Wooten because of election law irregularities.

Regards,

Philip.
11/19/09 @ 19:17
Comment from: Collin County Taxpayer [Visitor] Email
Wasn't Mr. Roach the same DA that let hundreds of pedophiles lose in the Murphy sting - Perverted Justice?

I don't put much stock in the opinions of those who turn pedophiles lose to molest more children.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Catch_a_Predator#Murphy.2C_Texas
11/19/09 @ 19:26
Comment from: tired taxpayer/employee [Visitor]
I am a firm believer in what goes around comes around and I think that things just might be coming around for Roach. Finally! We have watched this evil man corrupt this county for years. It almost seems that his daily goal is to see how many lives he can destroy. I will be glad when he is finally investigated and is brought down. I know firsthand, I am a Collin County employee!
11/19/09 @ 19:45
Comment from: Collin County Citizen [Visitor] Email
OK... There are a lot of issues coming about.

First, it concerns me that a former judge is permitted to bring criminal allegations PERSONALLY to the grand jury. As a normal citizen, none of us conventionally have the right to pursue our own claims before the grant jury. We have to go through the DA's office. Perhaps there is some loop hole which Sandoval is exploiting, but it seems that Sandoval simply needs to move on. The election was nearly 2 years ago, and since then he has fought (and lost) to become a visiting judge in Collin County, the Dallas County, and now he's individually prosecuting his replacement? When will Sandoval be put out to pasture?

Secondly, John Roach has served the people of Collin County for a long time. Collin County has a reputation for being tough on crime, and I think that's a good thing. But, what 'tough on crime' means is that people who commit relatively minor offenses are punished. I think its unfair to hate John Roach for not prosecuting the parade of NBC's To Catch a Predator. That was an embarrassment, and Roach was recognized for his restraint. That's largely regarded in the legal community as the right choice. Also, I don't think a county employee should ambiguously call him an "evil man" without substantive evidence and examples. Being a county employee you surely see things on the inside. But, that raises the bar to provide examples, not rhetoric, in accusing elected officials. By all means, if you have concrete information - bring it forward!

I agree with Bill that the current DA must step aside in the investigation of a Collin County judge running to be the successor. But, I have to point out that a similar situation is going on in Dallas County. 7 - SEVEN - Criminal judges have paid DA Watkin's wife THOUSANDS of $$$$$ for 'political consulting'. Surely, that doesn't pass the smell test any more than Roach investigating his potential successor. My point here is that these things are happening on BOTH sides of the isle.
11/19/09 @ 20:21
Comment from: Joe Jaynes [Visitor] Email · http://www.joejaynes.com
Greg Willis for DA!
11/19/09 @ 20:23
Comment from: Collin County Attorney [Visitor] Email
Using the grand jury as a way of settling scores is an outrageous abuse of the legal system.

Suzanne Wooten is a fine judge and it is a disgrace that she is subjected to this "investigation" because of political motivation.

Investigating Greg Willis because of a dispute over fee payments to defense attorneys is ridiculous. If there is a dispute, maybe other measures could be taken like, oh I don't know, a discussion, etc. But a grand jury investigation?

Greg Willis for DA can't happen soon enough. Go Greg!!!

11/19/09 @ 23:00
Comment from: Jean Power [Visitor] Email
Suzanne Wooten has been an excellent judge and applies the law to the facts - the way it should be done.

I am looking forward to the election of Greg Willis for DA. He is the most qualified of the candidates that I know of.

11/19/09 @ 23:05
Comment from: eric lafleur [Member] Email
I always enjoyed wokingwith Greg Willis, both when I was in the DA's Office and he was a defense atorney, and later when I was a defense attorney and he was a judge. I really wish he'd kept his bench, or run for another one. But I believe the most qualified candidate for District Attorney is Jeff Bray.
11/19/09 @ 23:43
Comment from: Interested Observer [Visitor] Email
It's pretty funny watching the Willis PR train at work. I am not a current prosecutor of the Collin County DA's office, don't know any of the players, including Roach or any of his prosecutors, and frankly, have no skin in this game other than wanting to ensure full transparency for the DA election. Spin it however you want, but if prosecutors in Willis's court won't try bench trials in front of him because they don't have confidence in him, then why should Collin County have confidence in him being tough on crime? And it's funny that no one has responded to my query to take a look at Willis's evaluations when he was actually a Collin County prosecutor.
11/20/09 @ 06:48
Comment from: Collin County Attorney [Visitor] Email
I know several current and former prosecutors who support Greg Willis

Prosecutors who whine that a judge may actually find a defendant guilty should either

a. work harder and follow the rules of evidence like all the other attorneys do and

b. maybe not indict everyone who looks at them sideways.

I heard these same whiney complaints about Judge Copeland before he was a probate judge - "oh no! he actually makes the prosecutors meet their burden of prrof!" "Oh no, he actually finds defendants not guilty when our case blows!"

And no one cares about a personnel evaluation done by someone who obviously has a grudge against a candidate.

Someone please call this person a Whaaaaambulance
11/20/09 @ 07:03
Comment from: Justice Wanted [Visitor] Email
Bill has redacted for name calling and asks that all comments be kept civil.
Bill


Interested Observer wrote:

“It's pretty funny watching the Willis PR train at work.

I am not a CURRENT prosecutor of the Collin County DA's office, don't know any of the players, including Roach or any of his prosecutors, ………..”

--


OK now we’re playing poorly planned word games. Note the incrementalist wordage “CURRENT” in the sentence above, spinning “Interested Observer” a little closer to the truth.

This person is in fact a CC DA employee afraid of job loss.

Oddly, this person then actually writes of knowing none of the DA office players (in fact not even Roach or any ADA’s) but then goes on smearing one of the players, specifically Judge Willis who happens to be seeking the office.

Next our petty character assassin mouthpiece, “Interested Observer”, vainly attempts a distraction by insinuating that the weary public’s outrage regarding John Roach and his band of cronies is merely PR work and specifically PR work for Judge Willis.

My points, made earlier and now, would be the same regardless of the candidates to replace the [REDACTED]. They would be the same if “Interested Observer’s” comments were about “Judge Judy” on TV.

“Interested Observer’s” twisted montage of mentally challenged, off point thoughts shows why CC prosecutors lose cases. And that reason remains that their Convict At All Costs mentality and “ethics” don’t hold water. Clearly the tired non sequitur rhetoric of being “tough on crime” equating with convictions is just that – a non sequitur. But “Interested Observer” clings fast to the politics, PR and practices of the Roach administration with a death grip. Small minds cling to small ideals.

What Collin County desperately needs is a Justice At All Cost district attorney in office as well as Justice At All Cost jurists on the benches. It is long past time for a serious house cleaning. Innocent Collin County residents’ lives are at stake. We all should be treated fairly, not as just notches on the prosecutors’ belts hoarded up to boost their paychecks.

For the record, I support any candidate, regardless of political party, etc., etc. that understands that the “duty of the District Attorney is to seek Justice, not convictions”.
11/20/09 @ 09:54
Comment from: bill [Member] Email
I'm glad to see a spirited discussion of justice issues.

However, The Observer asks that you keep the discussion civil. I will not tolerate name calling or rude behavior.

I will delete all posts that do not meet a standard of "common courtesy"

Bill
11/20/09 @ 10:20
Comment from: Justice Wanted [Visitor] Email

Sorry Bill.

I had to go back to find the offensive word because it didn’t come to mind.

It turns out, I used the name of a pesky insect as an all too convenient, hopefully humorous, metaphor for the current DA and his practices and legacy. I mention this only because I do not want readers of your fine reports to think that I stooped to using profanity in making my comments.

I did not and would not.

Admittedly, I do appreciate turns of a phrase in speech or the written word. However, my intention was not to name call with any untoward intent. I apologize.

Readers should simply replace the redacted word with the word “district attorney”.
11/20/09 @ 11:21
Comment from: Collin County Republican Men's Club Member [Visitor] Email
Last night, the Collin County Republican Men's Club had their monthly meeting. I did NOT attend because they had Roach as the speaker. That really made me question the leadership of the Club.
11/20/09 @ 11:41
Comment from: No Incumbents 2010 [Visitor]
No one should be above the law, even a judge. And running for DA does not give you immunity from law violations. The DA can't indict anyone, that decision is made by a grand jury. A lot of people here are expressing their opinion without knowing the facts. No one should be afraid that a grand jury is allowed to hear evidence. This is entirely appropriate under our criminal justice system no matter who the target of the investigation is. What is more outrageous is that Judge Jill Willis continues to hear criminal cases creating the appearance of favoritism towards defense attorneys who support her husband's DA campaign. Having said that, Greg Willis is completely unqualified for DA. Unless you think doing misdemeanor plea deals gives you all the state criminal trial experience a Texas DA needs to be a hands-on, ready-on-day-one leader/mentor of felony prosecutors. How many felony jury trials has Willis done as a prosecutor? There seems to be a lot of mindless following of the herd on this one as opposed to an objective evaluation on the merits of the various candidates and their public service/law enforcement record.
11/20/09 @ 11:44
Comment from: Collin County Republican Men's Club Member [Visitor] Email
No Incumbents 2010-

I don't understand how Greg's qualifications and Roach's indictment are related?
11/20/09 @ 11:54
Comment from: No Incumbents 2010 [Visitor]
Collin County Republican Men's Club Member- The grand jury has not yet issued any indictments. However I agree with you that many prefer to ignore the subject of Willis' qualifications, or lack thereof. My point is that Willis' people are using the fact that he is a candidate for office, to argue that the grand jury investigation is, ipso facto, "politically motivated" ... of course, the people who say this are not privy to the evidence, whatever it may be. This argument essentially says that if you are a candidate for office you are entitled to immunity from grand jury investigation. Nothing is more un-American than immunity from prosecution because you have political connections. The law is the law. We just need to allow the grand jury to complete its investigation without interference, instead of prematurely charging bias when we haven't even seen the evidence.
11/20/09 @ 14:41
Comment from: bill [Member] Email
No Incumbents,

I disagree.

The problem is that the DA is investigating judges whose courts he and his staff appear in daily.

If he has a credible complaint against a sitting judge OR a candidate for his office, then he should immediately recuse the Collin County DA's Office and seek an outside prosecutor.

Otherwise, anything he does will be perceived as politically motivated.

Once again, I call on John Roach to stop the investigations, appoint an outside prosecutor and a new, untainted Grand Jury. Either do that or drop the cases entirely.

Bill
11/20/09 @ 15:11
Comment from: Interested Observer [Visitor] Email
Wrong again, Justice Wanted. I've NEVER been a Collin County prosecutor, have no connection with any of the Collin County prosecutors and have never met Roach. My "twisted montage of mentally challenged, off point thoughts" are simply those of a concerned citizen who wants Collin County to elect a DA who is qualified for the job. Oh, and how Willis, purportedly with only two years experience prosecuting felony cases, and reportably no felony jury trials, thinks he is qualified to be the district attorney in a county of 850,000 people is beyond me.
11/20/09 @ 15:23
Comment from: Local Attorney [Visitor]
This situation is not about who is most qualified to be the next DA or judge, its about the routine abuse of power by DA Roach and his pitbull Milner. They are continuing a pattern of using the grand jury as willing pawns in their aggressive intimidation of persons who fail to fall in line with their personal agendas.

Bill did a good job chronicling the public failures of Milner's high-profile investigations, but there are many lesser known investigations which have also blown up in their faces, and they refuse to learn from their mistakes. Roach has tarnished his former solid reputaton as a district judge by either directing or allowing his minions to pursue baseless charges for political purposes. And he compounds that abuse of power by being so arrogant as to refuse to apoint a special prosecutor to even examine the allegaions in a fair and unpolitical manner.

Perhaps its because he is an absentee landlord, (now spending all his time at his new home in Angelfire, NM) but he seems to view himself as the King of the county and therefore untoucable and unaccountable to the public. (Do a google search of his comments on various issues over the past few years and you will find lots of statements where he is touting his own authority and power and daring anyone to defy him.)

If Roach doesnt want Willis to be the next DA, then he should be a man and run against him or help support his own hand-picked successor (like most kings prefer to do) but instead he is misusing the power of his office to acheive a political purpose.

That is not just dirty politics, its a criminal offense and hopefully the U.S. Attorney's office or some other strong-minded individuals will hold him and his dogs accountable for it in the future.
11/20/09 @ 15:42
Comment from: Justice Wanted [Visitor] Email
No Incumbents 2010 wrote:

“This argument essentially says that if you are a candidate for office you are entitled to immunity from grand jury investigation.

NOTHING IS MORE UN-AMERICAN THAN IMMUNITY FROM PROSECUTION BECAUSE YOU HAVE POLITICAL CONNECTIONS.

The law is the law.”

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Then why does John Roach and his underlings in fact argue in high court(s) that they are immune from prosecution, simply because of their job titles in cases where they have admittedly broken statutes in the Texas State legal code?

I agree that immunity from prosecution when lawbreaking occurs, politically motivated or not, is patently un-American.

Those arguing for their own immunity such as “Roach et al” are also patently un-American and brazenly hold themselves above the law and the citizens of Collin County.

Yes, “the law is the law”.

But not, apparently, for them.

And that friends, is the problem and the point of this debate (not who the candidates are).

(And for “Interested Observer”: “Sure, sure. Whatever you say …… But I fear thou dost protest too much”)
11/20/09 @ 16:22
Comment from: Friend of Justice [Visitor] Email
Local Attorney said: "If Roach doesnt want Willis to be the next DA, then he should be a man and run against him or help support his own hand-picked successor (like most kings prefer to do) but instead he is misusing the power of his office to acheive a political purpose."

Local Attorne, you might be on to something---he could be clearing the way for his son, Judge John Roach, Jr., to file at the last minute to be a candidate for DA. Pappa would have to get rid of the competition first. The strategy looks to be working so far.
11/20/09 @ 18:46
Comment from: Minor Correction [Visitor] Email
Not commenting on the rest of this at this point, but, Bill?

"According to court house insiders, it is likely that former judge Robert Sandoval filed his charges against Judge Wooten directly with the grand jury. Sandoval is said to still bear a grudge against Wooten who beat him handily in the 2008 election."

Don't you mean Charles Sandoval?
11/20/09 @ 18:47
Comment from: bill [Member] Email
Thank you Minor... I plead "senior moment"

Bill
11/20/09 @ 20:11
Comment from: Michael [Visitor]
The higher ups at the DA's office have openly said they are trying to derail Willis' campaign.
11/21/09 @ 20:01
Comment from: Dumbfounded [Visitor] Email
Too bad channel 8 news can't just access everything and expose the full story on all this. When Roach is in control of the "facts" and leaks out there, he's the golden boy with snowy hair. When channel 8 news uncovers just the tiniest bit of what's he and his regime have really been doing, he's on the defense and sends a blizzard of indictments at anyone he can use to divert attention and blame -- e.g., the Honorable Greg Willis. Law and politics both require people. People are fundamentally flawed to widely varying degrees. Even when Roach is gone, these themes will continually replay themselves.
11/21/09 @ 20:23
Comment from: Attorney Christine [Visitor]
CLUE IN: ONE. Same investigation on Willis took place previously and was closed. Why is the same investigation reopened just a few weeks after Willis announces his candidacy for DA? What "new" evidence are they hoping to find, if there was any in the first place why was the first investigation closed? TWO. INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION: If there was any merit to this, Roach would have done the right thing and handed this off to an independent agency. You don't indict Judges from your same county- PERIOD. THREE. "Interested Observer" is not a current employee, he is a candidate, I have heard him use the same words verbatim in a conversation where he told outright lies about Willis. He also says he was never a Collin County prosecutor- because he was a prosecutor in another county. In response to "interested observer" taking issue with Willis finding the ACCUSED not guilty, maybe that is because the DA's office is so overzealous in their filings and file any case whether there is decent evidence or not- defense attorneys who rightly force the system to work, take these cases to trial...the DA's don't want to waste time on a jury trial knowing they are going to lose, so they set it for a trial before the Judge. Then Willis, whose job is to call the balls and strikes, ends up doing the right thing and gets slammed for it. WAKE UP COLLIN COUNTY- CONVICTIONS DO NOT EQUAL JUSTICE AND DO NOTHING TO PROTECT THE CONSTITUTION AND EVERYTHING THIS COUNTRY HAS FOUGHT AND STANDS FOR. THANK YOU FOR DOING THE RIGHT THING AND STANDING UP TO ROACH'S ADMINISTRATION.
11/21/09 @ 20:28
Comment from: Friend of Justice [Visitor] Email
Roach is like the evil Mr. Potter in "It's a Wonderful Life" in trying to bring down George Bailey. Greg Willis is George Bailey and the most popular man in town!
11/21/09 @ 20:35
Comment from: Jsmith [Visitor] Email
Answer me this, there is a rumor that an ADA with Collin County named Jeff Leeman (sp?) is somehow involved as both a witness and investigator on these cases.

I have heard that this same ADA was assigned to Judge Greg Willis, Judge Jill Willis and Judge Wooten's courts. He apparently made negative public comments and was openly hostile to all three judges. Then magically in October, Leeman was promoted/assigned to the department pursuing Judge Greg Willis and Judge Wooten, headed up by that Chris Milner guy. How in the world does a DA's office run a fair and impartial investigation if one of their own has a vested interest in the outcome? Coincidence?
11/22/09 @ 17:48
Comment from: Concerned Collin Co Citizen [Visitor] Email
I had a friend forward me this story. I am not a lawyer or anyone involved in "Collin County Politics." BUT, I AM A VOTER.

This makes me sick to my stomach. John R. Roach seems to me to be a man who will stop at nothing to control Collin County Politics. Using the grand jury process to go after politicians in this county is nothing less than an ABUSE OF POWER.

But, I am not surprised. I attended a Collin County Republican Men's Club meeting last week where Roach announced that he was "the Most powerful elected official in Collin County." Really? Does he really need to stroke that ego anymore?

This is sickening. And this Chris Milner guy doesn't care about the truth or about whether or not he can take a case all the way to a convicition. ALL HE CARES ABOUT IS AN INDICTMENT.

It's time that John Roach stops ruining peoples' lives and to GO AWAY.

The people of Collin County should DEMAND that that building named after him be re-named immediately.

Hello FBI? John Roach and his subordinates are NOT ABOVE THE LAW and need to be held accountable!

11/22/09 @ 18:03
Comment from: Joan Q [Visitor] Email
The comments that Willis did not find enough citizens "not guilty" disgust me. That is such a prosecutorial mindset, it's obvious. I am sorry. Is this America, or not. Are we guilty until proven innocent or innocent until proven guilty. Wait a second. I think I am on to something. Perhaps if Willis was finding too many citizens "not guilty", it is a reflection of poor, poor work on behalf of the prosecutor in the case. So, instead of pointing fingers at the former judge, why don't you just look in the mirror and ask yourself why is it that you did not adequately prove your case? Or perhaps, just perhaps, the accused person was NOT GUILTY. Just because one is arrested and even indicted does not mean that they are GUILTY. If this were the case, then throw out the legal system all together. Let's just hire more cops. You better not leave your house, friends, because there will be no justice left in the world. Thank you GREG WILLIS, for looking at each case with honesty, integrity, and concern for the citizen and citizens of this district. If my family members are ever falsely accused or victims of a crime, I would hope either way, that they would be in a court of a judge equal to Greg Willis!
11/22/09 @ 23:05
Comment from: Scared Boy [Visitor] Email
Deleted by Bill

Please argue the issues. Name calling is offensive, not helpful.

The standard here for comments is "common courtesy". Please abide by it.

Bill
11/22/09 @ 23:39
Comment from: Tony Vitz [Visitor] Email
Yes, I used my real name and that could very well make me a target. But, I refuse to allow fear to control me. This abusive Roach Regime is completely wrong. There are some good Assistant D.A.s in that office, but they don’t have to courage to speak up. That is sad, but understandable. It takes courage to speak up. Courage is what it takes to overcome or deal with fear. I thank people like Judge Wooten and Greg Willis for being an example of refusing to give in to the fear imposed by this administration.

With what the Collin County D.A.'s Office has been doing and continues to do, I think about that quote from Martin Neimoller, "In Germany, they came first for the communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist....then they came for me and there was no one left to speak up". I think it is past time to speak up in Collin County.

Thanks Bill for making a dent in what’s been going on.
11/23/09 @ 09:59
Comment from: William D. Rowlett [Visitor] Email
I'm really disappointed at the politics in this county. It reminds me of being an 8th grader & you called someone (or were called by someone else) a "fag" (I hope I've not flunked Bill's civility test) because of some petty feud you had with them. There's way too much petty feuding going on.

If there are negative comments in Mr. Willis' DA personnel file, I ask who wrote them? Is it someone who had a beef with him? Second, Willis left the DA Office a good ten years ago or longer. If the comments are negative and actually true, who is to say Mr. Willis has not matured a bit since then and become a better man for it? Third, I can only tell you that in MY dealings with Mr. Willis, he's always been very professional and above-board the past many years I've known him. I trust my own instincts about someone I know more than what his detractors may want me to believe.

Finally, I intend to support Mr. Willis because he may , MAY be able to restore a little "maturity" to some of the childish politics going on at the courthouse.
11/23/09 @ 15:00
Comment from: Paul D. Key [Visitor] Email
What John Roach is doing is absolutely shameful and a sad legacy to leave behind. Bill, you've called it exactly right: If Roach thinks something is going on, then he should ask that a special prosecutor be appointed. Thank you for shedding some light on this filth.

I have no doubt that Greg Willis has done absolutely nothing illegal or unethical. Same goes for Judge Wooten.

You would think that Roach would be embarrassed to associate with that Milner guy after all the fiascos he's been involved in. That's when you realize that it's not Milner, it's Roach. Roach is the one who thinks all of this nonesense is a good idea.
11/23/09 @ 18:07
Comment from: Paul D. Key [Visitor] Email
Interested Observer said:

Spin it however you want, but if prosecutors in Willis's court won't try bench trials in front of him because they don't have confidence in him, then why should Collin County have confidence in him being tough on crime?

It wasn't the DA's in his court, it was Roach who wouldn't let them try cases to Willis. In fact, they defied those orders all the time and tried cases to Willis. In fact, they would routinely beg me and many other attorneys to set cases for bench trials because they didn't want to embarrass themselves in front of a jury.
11/23/09 @ 18:22
Comment from: Paul D. Key [Visitor] Email
Interested Observer said:

"You might want to check with the prosecutors who practiced in his court and ask them why they stopped doing bench trials to him. You might find that he was finding too many defendants 'not guilty'[sic]."

Which prosecutors? Apparently, you've spoken with them. Tell me who they are, and I'll call them, and we'll just see what they have to say.

Better yet, Interested Observer, who are you? It's easy to cower behind a pseudonym and make a bunch of exegerated claims about what anonymous prosecutors think. If you want someone to take you seriously, give us some names, starting with yours.
11/23/09 @ 18:32
Comment from: Pam Lakatos [Visitor] Email
I became a Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer in 2004 when I left the Denton DA's office. I have been practicing exclusively criminal law for approximately 31 years. I remember the hopes expressed by the attornies I met who stated that the new DA, John Roach, would be a breath of fresh air to this county. Instead I have been horrified by what I have seen. It is not like I haven't seen abuse of power and corruption elsewhere in this State-of course I have, but I have never seen such an open display of contempt for lawyers or other public officials that I have seen demonstrated these past few years. I kept hoping that things would change, that at some point he would become aware of the things going on in his office and exersize some sort of control and leadership in reigning in the zealots. As he has not I am forced to accept he agrees with all that they are doing. His tenure has left a black spot on the reputation of Collin County. (Just ask any lawyer you know-from any surrounding county what the they think of Collin County. Most will not take any cases here because "they are crazy out of control" up there.)
Anyone who seeks his endorsement will be someone who I don't think I could be persuaded to vote for.

Every Collin County citizen owes it to themselves and every other resident to make an effort to investigate these allegations and then get out and vote.

We have a number of good candidates running for office this time. Do the homework and make your vote count. Every one cast is critical.

I have no idea what our future will be but I pray it is better than it has been. It can be if our citizens become informed active voters.
John Roach is correct when he says he is the most powerful elected official in this county-that is true of every county. The District Attorney's power is reinforced by his almost complete immunity from law suits to disagreements over how the office is run and what policies are in place. The average citizen has no idea of this and only realizes it when he/she is unfortunate enough to have dealings with that office-either civil or criminal. It is a position that is best held by someone who is humble, experienced and willing to listen when the actions of the office are challenged. A District Attorney must also have similar skills to the CEO of a major corporation. Vote-it will be the most important thing you do for the future of this county.
11/24/09 @ 10:12
Comment from: Lance Baxter [Visitor] Email
Many of the responses that you are receiving now are from lawyers that are not only defending the reputation of Greg Willis, but also trying to defend the integrity of our Collin County system of justice. Your demand to bring in an independent/special prosecutor is the only acceptable and fair manner in which any investigation should progress. None of us know the facts, but we have all heard the rumors. If fact witness to the allegations are employees of the current Collin County District Attorney's Office, then there is clearly a conflict of interest and the appearance of unfairness. The fact that Greg Willis is currently involved in a political campaign raises questions about the timing and motivation behind all of this. The fact that the investigation has been made public and that many lawyers have been subpoenaed to testify makes one question if this is the best use of our grand jury system. It would all be less suspect if the history of the "specialized crimes" unit had not proven itself inept and out of control. Our DA's office should be prosecuting crimes and seeking justice, not trying to manipulate conduct into criminal activity.
11/24/09 @ 11:08
Comment from: Bob Hultkrantz [Visitor] Email
I am a past president of the Collin County Bar Association. It is deplorable that the Collin County DA's Office has wasted the time of it's staff and the citizens of this County's money trying to prosecute Judge Wooten and now Judge Willis. Both are decent, compassionate individuals whom you would love to have sitting as Judge in your, or a family member's, case. Fairness, decency and justice are terms that permeate there courtrooms.

I understand that all of the goings on are secret but I would like to hear from the DA's Office as to why they are pursuing these two indivduals. Give us some facts, give us some insight or quit the witch-hunt and let's move on to the next generation of justice in Collin County.
11/24/09 @ 11:19
Comment from: Heather Barbieri [Visitor] Email
If you ever wonder whether people feel intimidated, just look at how many anonymous responses are on here. Need I say more?

As for Greg Willis, anyone with any decency who has met him knows he is cloaked in integrity. He could cite the Code of Judicial Conduct, and served as referee to many a heated battle--never choosing sides. So I actually thought it was a sick joke, when I began hearing about it. Didn't he even have us do the Pledge of Allegiance before each trial?

The responsibility for "not guilty" verdicts rest solely on the DA's "policies." We all know that cases lacking merit should be dismissed. Over the past several years, juries have repeatedly complained about these cases, and the waste of their time spent on them. Our juries consist of many busy, successful people, who do not need their time wasted on such matters. Surely, our taxpayers voices should be heard by their elected officials.

Judges uphold a vow, and under Canon 3, they must acquit--otherwise, the higher courts would quickly reverse them, and probably wonder how on earth a highly-educated Judge could find someone guilty beyond a reasonable doubt when the proof was non-existent. Clearly, the "policy" was simply a Pontius Pilate tactic at laying blame.

Judge Wooten is another shocking example. She is such an ethical Judge. It makes no sense. Our taxpayers elected her to be our Judge, and to try to circumvent that is a slap in the face to our Collin County voters.

Simply put, a special prosecutor should be designated for these matters. If these grand jury investigations are all "objective," and done in good-faith, then they can both confidently be assigned to a special prosecutor. All prosecutors (including special prosecutors) must follow TDRPC 3.09,anyway, so it should be a no-brainer.

Either way, nobody should feel intimidated to speak out. We have a First Amendment right to speak out mind. Thanks, Bill for pointing to the Giant Elephant that has been in the room for far too long. My job as attorney is important to me, but my honor is greater. I want my family and children to always know I stood up for what I believed in. So I won't be anonymous. Thank you.
11/24/09 @ 11:42
Comment from: Todd Henderson [Visitor] Email
The arrogance with which the District Attorney's office is run is stunning. It's evident that John Roach and Greg Davis believe that the best use of this office and taxpayer money is to bully people that don't fall in line with what they expect.

Make no mistake, this isn't about making sure everyone follows the law. This is about bullying people who don't lay down for Roach. It's unfortunate that it's worked on many of the judges in this county - they just fall right in line and don't dare challenge him.

Despite running things from the satellite office in Angelfire, NM, Roach insists on manipulating this election so that he can have some say in who succeeds him. He wants to handpick his successor. And he's made it clear that none of the current candidates are qualified. Of course, judging by his performance, it doesn't appear Roach was qualified either.

It's too bad that he's able to hide behind the secrecy of grand jury investigations and the citizens of Collin County won't get to see how much time and money has been wasted on political witch hunts and personal vendettas over the last 7 years.




11/24/09 @ 14:07
Comment from: Paul Stuckle [Visitor] Email
John Roach has used grand juries as his personal playtoy for many years going after lawyers for no apparent reason. He has attempted to destroy many careers just as he is now trying to do with Judge's Willis and Wooten.

Both Judges have outstanding reputations which will not be tarnished no matter what the latest Roach witch hunt attempts to do.

I hope Judge Willis and Wooten find a way to sue those responsible for this reprehensible smear campaign on their reputations and livelihood.

The bar should no longer tolerate these baseless attacks and personal invasions.

11/24/09 @ 15:36
Comment from: Justice Wanted [Visitor] Email
It is admirable to see so many well known and reputable attorneys expressing their disdain for the Collin County DA’s office and it’s patriarch John Roach.

The issue isn’t about who the candidates are.

For these attorneys and others, the issue is the well known arrogance, shady dealings and abuse of power by John Roach and his many spineless minions that have besmirched the cause and pursuit of Justice in Collin County for years.

Politics, indictments/convictions without regard for merit as well as outright PERSONAL VENDETTAS are undeniable trademarks of John Roach’s “administration”.

Many of the attorneys who comment on this issue have been prosecutors as well as defense attorneys.

The fact is that Collin County residents “outside the system” are clueless as to the long running corruption, incompetence and “back room” underhanded dealings that have pervaded the county’s government and agencies for year upon year.

We deserve better. And to get better – residents need to begin to pay attention instead of just voting their party line.

We deserve Justice, Openness, Fairness and Straight Talk. And we’ve had very little of those attributes within our county for decades.

These attorneys who speak out publically are to be applauded.

They are encouraged to speak out in even more widely publically viewed forums so that our uninformed residents have their eye’s finally shocked wide open.
11/24/09 @ 17:19
Comment from: Paul D. Key [Visitor] Email
Interested Observer:

Where are you? You were going to get me the names of all of those prosecutors who didn't want to try bench trials to Willis (but kept doing so anyway). Please, do tell. Who are they? Who are you? If you were really interested, you'd answer those questions.
11/24/09 @ 17:23
Comment from: Alan K. Taggart [Visitor] Email
Every lawyer, most judges, and probably half the jurors in Collin County are afraid.

those attacking Greg Willis and Suzanne Wooten, are afraid too.

But you can bet that we, they and us, are afraid of different things.

We are afraid of having to look back over our shoulders for having spoken up. For having done our duty as we saw fit. For having fulfilled our oaths.

what are THEY afraid of?

Perhaps, like Mr. Key says, they are afraid of having to put up or shut up, to reveal who they are and actually be confronted.

possibly, like Mr. Stuckle said they are afraid of losing the power.

or maybe like Mr. Henderson said, they are afraid their selected candidate wont win.

I personally think they are afraid of the words "Special Prosecutor"




11/24/09 @ 18:39
Comment from: Alan K. Taggart [Visitor] Email
to No Incumbents 2010 - A prosecutor once said "I can indict a ham sandwich, if I want to." Grand Juries routinely do as they are told, which isn't surprising when you realize that the prosecutor has sole control over who talks to the grand jury and what evidence is presented. Even more shocking, but true nevertheless, at a Grand Jury proceeding the prosecutor is ALLOWED to conceal evidence of innocence. (I kid you not!!)
11/24/09 @ 18:50
Comment from: Keith Gore [Visitor] Email · http://visitor
Sadly, this latest nefarious scheme hatched by big Roach and his underlings was totally foreseeable. While what Johnny Roach, Greg Davis and Chris Milner are doing is despicable and against the Texas and U.S. Constitutions, one must at least concede that they are merely doing what they have consistently done since taking office: using the people's power (that's right Roach, the power you abuse is really not yours but instead belongs to the people of Collin County) to harass, intimidate and ruin the lives of those who do not genuflect at the mere mention of the odiferous name "John Roach."

I am reminded of a statement by William Pitt the Elder, who said in a speech to the House of Lords in 1770 that “Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it." This is doubly true when, as with Roach, Davis and Milner, those minds were infirm and bent toward machination prior to gaining power.

To the prosecutors who work for Roach: it is not enough that you personally disagree with what your office is doing. Even if you are not personally involved in this, Roach benefits from your standing in the legal community. In other words, Roach, Davis and Milner profit from associating with you; like it or not, the fact that you work with them is an implicit endorsement of their actions. Your integrity has got to be worth more than the paycheck you are receiving. The barricades are under assault. Can’t you see that these men are, at best, white-washed tombs? You defile yourself by associating with them. You have chosen sides. Seriously, do you really want to fight for Roach's team?

11/25/09 @ 09:24
Comment from: IMMUNITY 4 Crooks [Visitor] Email


Immunity strikes again: “Federal judge says Pennsylvania judges who illegally sent kids to juvenile detention facilities in exchange for kickbacks can’t be sued for decisions they made on the bench.

Even if those decisions involved, you know, illegally sending children to juvenile detention facilities in exchange for kickbacks.”

http://www.theagitator.com/2009/11/25/morning-links-277/

OK. Let’s discuss this immunity thing once again. Three bets are involved.

The first bet is that 99.7% of the people in this country do not know that THE LAW GRANTS IMMUNITY to Judges, Prosecutors, District Attorneys, Police Officers, etc. WHO BREAK THE LAW.

The second bet is that virtually no American citizen ever VOTED for such an un- American law.

This immunity doctrine stems directly from history’s “sovereign immunity” laws of past Kings, Queens and Tyrants. After all, if you ARE the law – as embodied by a King – then you can not and will not rule against yourself.

What happens when human beings are subject to no laws? What happens when virtually no matter what they do, they know they can not be punished? What happens when they are literally “above the law” ?

History shows us the obvious answer by recounting the murdered millions upon millions of innocents damned at the very whim of despots who were “above the law”.

The rampant corruption within Collin County government for example is widely known and has recently been coming under ever increasing criticism, such as from Bill's reports. One only has to look at the immunity laws to understand why such lawbreakers have nothing to worry about and act so brazenly.

THIS COUNTRY has fought wars and been bled nearly dry throughout it’s short history to assure that all men are equal – and that includes being equal in terms of laws. Our country is literally founded upon this principle.

When George Washington was being put into the first leadership position of our young democratic republic some people wanted to make him the “King of America” – literally. Washington thought the idea was ludicrous, pointing out that one of THE purposes of the Revolutionary War was to free us from the whims of tyrants who were above the law. Thus we have presidents and a democratic republic – not a monarchy within America.

Proven criminals should be held accountable – regardless of their job title. Can anyone seriously argue otherwise?

WHO PUT these immunity laws in place within our governing body of laws? It was not the American people. It was the beneficiaries of such laws - Judges, Prosecutors, Politicians, District Attorneys, Police Officers and other government officials.

Such laws were never put to the American people for a vote – because the outcome would have been obvious: Certain defeat by citizen’s outraged by even the thought of such insanity.

Here’s the third bet. At your office or next social gathering, etc. simply go around and ask people at random if they believed that certain government officials such as Judges, Prosecutors, District Attorneys, Police Officers can BREAK THE LAW WITH IMPUNITY in America, by law?

Ask them that, if such were the case, should such laws been immediately eliminated?

Keep a tally of the responses and write back with your findings…….
11/25/09 @ 12:42
Comment from: bill [Member] Email
To all,

It's wonderful to see so many members of the local bar speaking up. I hope this blog post does just a little to brakdown the culture of fear I've sensed existed in the county justice system for several years now.

I really wish that, and I am specifically inviting anyone from the District Attorney's office to join into the discussion. Hit logs to the Observer show that plenty of folks at the county courthouse and now in Northern New Mexico are reading this, but all seem to be listening in silence.

Justice requires a full airing of all perspectives... and from what I've sensed and now have seen aired in the light of day, justice is needed here in our county.

Bill

11/26/09 @ 15:24
Comment from: Tony Vitz [Visitor] Email
Why would anyone in New Mexico care about the content of this blog?

Most of the prosecutors are too young to see the big picture and what is really going on here; therefore, unwilling to speak up. Instead, they justify this decision, in their mind, by pretending that Milner's section is separate and unrelated to what they are doing. They, like many of us, are slaves. i.e. money, fear, I agree with Keith above.
11/26/09 @ 18:57
Comment from: Justice Wanted [Visitor] Email
When slavery to money and fear is traded for one's ethics, honor and integrity you end up with exactly what we have had in Collin County for a long, long time.

Convictions at all costs, smear campaigns, lip service to Justice, and massive amounts legal gamesmanship with people's lives ( after all it is just the “Legal Game” ) - all to collect a paycheck.


The practice of law is supposed to be a noble profession, but it is certainly not one in our Collin County government, nor the outside law firms and attorneys they hire to defend themselves when exposed for wrongdoing.

The people involved remind me of the German people who once watched their German Jewish neighbors "disappear" from their neighborhoods. And then after the atrocities were exposed cried " We are honorable people - we had no idea what was going on".

The whole situation is sickening and deserves to be brightly illuminated for the public to see and finally understand.

We have outright criminals running rife within Collin County government and it’s agencies.

The DA, his ADA’s and his office are a sad, sick joke laughing imperiously in the face of the cause of Justice.

And for far, far too long people without backbones have knowingly “lived with” the situation while innocent people are smeared and ruined at the whim of the DA’s office.
11/27/09 @ 11:40
Comment from: ROACH'S VICTIM [Visitor]
I was indicted and handed over to the GRAND JURY BY ROACH ...I am a victim of ROACH'S VENDETTA. I was FOUND INDIGENT AND given a court appointed attorney (DAVID HAYNES) who REFUSED TO CALL A single witness in trial by jury ....I was found guilty and ordered to pay $8,500. IN ATTORNEY FEES. ROACH LOVES TO CRIMINALIZE POVERTY.
11/27/09 @ 12:10
Comment from: Randy Stevens [Visitor] Email
I go to Collin County to practice criminal law a handful of times a year, so I'm not familiar with any inside games. But...

Leaking a grand jury investigation into and about a candidate for DA stinks on ice. DA Roach should either be ashamed or investigating the leaks for possible prosecution.
11/28/09 @ 00:15
Comment from: bill [Member] Email
Mr. Stevens,

I can't believe that the answer to the "inside games" is to prosecute anyone who dares discuss those "games".

The real issue, the one that the district Attorney's office has not addressed is, "Should a County Criminal Prosecutor pursue investigations against judges his office appears before, should it pursue investigations against candidates for District Attorney, or should the DA's office recuse itself and ask for outside, independent investigations and prosecutions, if warranted?"

No one, to my knowledge, has "leaked" any grand jury testimony. To call for prosecutions of those who discuss the fact that the investigations are underway is only to call for a perpetuation of the atmosphere of intimidation that has been so eloquently described here by several members of the local criminal bar.

You imply that the problem is that the investigations were "leaked". I really think that the problem is that the investigations are taking place - led by a politicized prosecutor's office..

Bill
11/28/09 @ 20:27
Comment from: No Incumbents 2010 [Visitor]
I have never seen a defendant win a trial by simply accusing the prosecutor of bias. You need more than that and any facts will speak for themselves. However if a grand jury composed of county citizens decides that a law has been broken and there is no factual defense to the charge, alleging bias may be one of the few options left. I suggest that everyone take a deep breath before jumping to conclusions and wait for the process to play out. While the DA may be well advised to appoint a special prosecutor, I am not aware of anything that requires him to incur this expense when he has people on staff who can do the job. Being a political candidate does not give you immunity from prosecution.
12/04/09 @ 14:45
Comment from: Valerie [Visitor] Email · http://delagarzaforda.com
I encourage all voters to read about the Collin County DA Candidates - including RAFAEL DE LA GARZA (an 8th generation Texan). As a Chief Prosecutor with Dallas County, he worked with the current Collin County First Assistant District Attorney Greg Davis in prosecuting one of Dallas County's most notorious capital murderers where the death penalty was sought. The jury in the case returned a death penalty conviction and the defendant was ultimately executed. Have any of the other candidates won a prosecution with a DEATH PENALTY CONVICTION?? Collin County needs a strong DA from the OUTSIDE. Visit http://delagarzaforda.com
12/08/09 @ 12:03
Comment from: Bob Hultkrantz [Visitor] Email
Mr. De La Garza is a fine man and good attorney but killing someone on behalf of the State doesn't stand up as much of resume' to seek the DA's office. If all we need is someone to swing the accused from the highest tree we can go see if any of Judge Roy Bean's progeny survive so they can be our next DA.
12/08/09 @ 16:41
Comment from: Rebecca Saldana [Visitor] Email
I like the phrase "inside games". Here is another "inside game" an Order issued on 12/7/09 In the Court of Appeals 5th District cause no. 05-09-01451-CV it boils down to this, a Defendant entered pleas of guilt to 4 felony charges so Roach files a Motion for Temporary Relief asserting the State's right to a jury trial. Why would the State demand a jury trial on a guy that has entered guilty pleas...isnt that a waste of County resources??? Visiting judge accepted Defendant's pleas of guilty on 4 felony charges and gets slapped with a Mandamus. My practice is mostly immigration and maybe I am missing something but why would Roach and the County waste time, resources and money on a guy that has plead guilty?!! Why would they want to have a jury trial...he said he was guilty what else do you want?? Unless of course its another "inside game"....
As a tax payer, why are we wasting money on this. I wouldnt want to be called to jury duty on case where the guy admitted he was guilty and the State just wants to put on a show..what a waste of my time. Am I missing something here???

-Rebecca Saldana
12/14/09 @ 15:35
Comment from: What's Up With That? [Visitor] Email
So glad to hear that the Grand Jury has declared what most of us already knew... that Greg Willis has not done anything wrong! It's sad that the current DA, Roach Sr., is so bent on power and intimidation... (see the article on his proposed SWAT team).

It's not Roach's job to hand-pick his successor (nor any other ADA's that are afraid of change and/or reform). It's right and privilege of the voters of Collin County to make that choice - and I, for one, stand with the majority... 14 mayors, 2 State Representatives, 4 elected constables + numerous other civic leaders and bar members. Greg's supporters are quite diverse, as he has gained great respect across the board for his fairness and integrity. I hope you will all join me in voting for Greg Willis for DA! http://www.gregwillis.org/
01/12/10 @ 20:50
Comment from: Joe Downey [Visitor] Email
I have been before The DISHONORABLE Jill Willis on a Civil Matter. Cut and dry I was swindled Person sold me a business with all lien items against texas Penal Code Chapter 37.01. Trouble is the defendant was a fund raiser for GOP Candidates. He was a Bush Ranger in 2004, the same year he declared 11,000 dollars on his W-2. Willis threw out the case with Prejudice so I could not even appeal. In Boston we would ask if HOW MUch does Ju$t U$ cost?
12/11/10 @ 13:45

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