- We've had enough of courthouse cronyism
- Former judge Pat Shelton just won't go away
- A case of 'Oh no, not again'
So "how did Shelton find his way back onto the bench and into the limelight?," asks the editorial board. "Turns out that although he is not on the approved list of visiting judges for the region, [Judge Glenn] Devlin had named him as a substitute judge using local rules that allow juvenile judges to appoint friends and former colleagues without oversight. Apparently one good ol' boy was rewarding a former judicial patron for past favors."
True that. (More soon, perhaps, on court appointment systems in Harris County.) But Chronicle editorial writers could have tagged the same title onto a series of nascent stories about an apparently rogue grand jury that may be investigating misconduct in the firing of former Houston crime lab supervisor Amanda Culbertson after she identified flaws in breathalyzer systems used in mobile blood alcohol testing units, colloquially known as B.A.T. vans.
- Grand jury may be targeting DA in HPD van probe"
- Retaliation, contracts and the DA
- Harris County DA's Office accused of retaliation
Go read their coverage: Grits has little to add to either story for the moment except to find them both as remarkable as they are disappointing.