In this group, conspiracy theories, some real and more than a few imagined, are bandied about and chewed over the way other groups of men talk about war stories or great football games. Price had little experience with the criminal justice system when he took office.
So it seems strange that such a tranquil locale, in which everyone knows everyone else, could foster so much anger and mistrust. He won on a reform ticket with County Judge Bill Law, a Democrat, member of the new guard, and fellow recent Houston import.
The indictments led to a furious debate in the An analysis of the book terror on highway 59 over how grand juries are selected. She must have taken down the photo and put up the Bible quotes, he said.
Ellisor was giving me the lowdown on the civil war roiling this tiny tucked-away county of 22, people that lies 60 miles northeast of Houston up along State Highway Ellisor has lived his entire life in the county.
His conspiracy theory went like this: Price was the first Republican elected in San Jacinto County—ever. Gated communities with opulent-sounding names like Cape Royale have sprung up along the shores of the lake, attracting wealthy retirees from Houston. His conclusion was that his enemies had stacked the grand jury and were trying to run the new guard out of the county.
Both are to be retried later this year. They built a plantation near Coldspring in the s—the same land Price now lives on—and he visited his grandmother in the county often as a child.
Price ran for office promising to clean it all up. In Januarya new county grand jury convened under the auspices of district judge Elizabeth Coker.
The grand jury soon re-indicted Bill Law on new charges of misuse of government property and also indicted Mark Price for allegedly falsifying state budget documents. For a district attorney, Mark Price is a soft-spoken man.
Within two months, Price uncovered his first example of corruption, prosecuting a county commissioner named Bruce Wayne Thomas. The former sheriff and his deputies made San Jacinto County infamous in the early s for using state-of-the-art law enforcement techniques like arresting innocent motorists on Highway 59 and stealing their property, and subjecting suspects to water torture.
Law has maintained from the beginning that he had nothing to do with the porn on the computer. Everitt called in a DPS computer investigator named Arnie Briscoe, whose search of the computer turned up more than a dozen photos of naked men.
He and other new guarders bring up Humpy Parker often. It later turned out to be adult gay porn, which, to some in the county, is almost as bad.
Rogers says that Charlene Everitt, county treasurer, displays his mug shot on her desk in the courthouse. Not to be outdone, the San Jac PAC is going after Judge Coker in her re-election campaign, and a host of other contested races will determine which side controls the county commission.
Law told me that his computer was networked with others in the courthouse and that the system had no firewall.
The judge seats the first 12 eligible candidates from that list. We sat along the bank, just down river from Lake Livingston Dam. The newcomers, many of them Republicans, moved into million-dollar houses on the lake, but along with their new tax dollars came the ethos of the Houston business community.
The place exudes peaceful living. We were sitting in a park on the bank of the Trinity River, gazing across the gently rolling countryside and imposing pine trees of San Jacinto County.
They view the episode not as an aberration, but rather a more obvious example of the corruption that persists beneath the surface in county government to this day. Adding to the bitterness—as if it needed adding to—the DA began to utilize a little-known clause in the civil code that allows incompetent elected officials to be removed from office.
The more likely cause was right before our eyes. Troyce, though, never went into county government. Indeed, the afternoon I first visited Coldspring, the courthouse doors were propped open to let in the warm air, and the halls were deserted except for two members of the janitorial staff lounging against a staircase.
So we decamped to my car, and drove literally out of the county. He directed me along 10 miles of back roads until we reached the other side of the Trinity River, the border with neighboring Polk County. He attended Houston Baptist University and South Texas College of Law and spent most of his career litigating civil cases, mainly defending health care providers in Houston accused of Medicaid and Medicare fraud.
And it sent the county into a tizzy. I dropped Ellisor off at the courthouse and left to meet with the controversial district attorney.
Old timers in the county came to believe that Price was a rogue DA who was out to get them—unless they got him first.Interesting coverage from Newspaper reporter on corrupt sheriff in East Texas patrolling San Jacinto County, in particular Highway It was a travesty that a sheriff and his department could get away with such abuse and corruption/5.
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