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I am glad the woman received treatment and I hope she realizes that she got a big break and continues with a treatment plan.

jody marabella

this is a slippery slope... There are pros and cons to this.. I hate to see any young life destroyed by a felony, for a bad decision, But I know there going to be a lot of fuss about fairness.. We can only hope She learned a real lesson and does the right thing from now out..

David Schuler

Fairness?. This was not an open container violation for alcohol. This was not 'just marijuana' as in she was busted because the guy she was with had a bag that 'she didn't know about'. It was not even that cocaine was found in the car she was driving such that ownership was in question. That's reasonable doubt.
But this was cocaine, in a bag, on her person, found by a police officer who was doing his duty in a proper and professional manner. She even disobeyed a direct order to remain still and tried to hid it. And it doesn't even go to a Grand Jury?
This is 'who you know' favoritism, pure and simple, those in power watching out for those in power. Two black males caught in the same situation. Same outcome? Really?
Clear message to the arresting officer; next time, triple check IDs and make sure the person you're about to arrest isn't related to some important county official.

Ana Draa

She skated on this, an opportunity that certainly would not have been given to a black or hispanic woman. She should have been held accountable, for the benefit of everyone. A leopard doesn't change their stripes, we'll be reading about her again in the news, let's just hope it's not for a DUI where she kills innocent people.

Dwight Burns

This is proof positive how justice for some is not justice for all.

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Dwight Burns

And that's a fact Jayne.

Stephen Murphy

The officer finds a bag of cocaine behind the driver's seat. The driver admits the bag contains cocaine. The special prosecutor claims this evidence is not "a slam dunk". Is this the same Samuel Finnegan of League City who was listed as NOT eligible to practice law in Texas due to failure to comply with MCLE requirements?


Evelyn Clark

Hey GalvTexGuy if you find out please let the rest of us know. Just wondering.[sad]

Kevin Lang

I think a deferred adjudication might have been reasonable. That way, if TXDoula is correct, she'll at least have a prior out there for a few years that would ensure she'd get a long sentence. On the other hand, if this scares her straight, she'd still have a life full of options. However, this should be a treatment available to everyone in similar situations, not just for someone who's connected.

Rich Gray

This is disgusting!

And to the arresting officer, THANK YOU for doing your job!

It should matter not who broke the law!

Sharon Reynolds

The only person with integrity in the whole matter was the arresting officer. Hopefully this young woman will take advantage of the chance to clean up her act and not end up like the last strung out drug addicted thief that stood on my front porch face to face with me. She may not have the opportunity to walk away the next time. Handcuffs or not.

Steve Bock

it use to be that a prosecutor had to talk to the DA before a major case could be dismissed. Every time something comes up Roady appoints a special prosecutor and I think if you would check his budget since taking office he has had 3 and I think 2 are full time on his staff. Thank God that election is coming up soon. According to the GDN he Roady) is going to bring some type of program for Misd that is used in Harris county. IS THINGS EVER GOING TO CHANGE.

George Croix

"She skated on this, an opportunity that certainly would not have been given to a black or hispanic woman."
The article doesn't say what race the woman is. You have to know the other's mentioned in the article to know that. Maybe that's why they were mentioned.
Question: How does your assertion compare with the February 2013 article, excerpted below, on 'The Changing Racial Dynamics of Women's Incarceration', by The Sentencing Project?

"Dramatic shift in racial disparities among women – In 2000 black women
were incarcerated in state and federal prisons at six times the rate of white
women. By 2009 that ratio had declined by 53%, to 2.8:1. This shift was a
result of both declining incarceration of African American women and rising
incarceration of white women. The disparity between Hispanic and non-
Hispanic white women declined by 16.7% during this period."

Ron Shelby

Without more explanation, this looks really bad....like strings were pulled big time.


Did the passenger with the weed on his lap get any charges? If so; were they dismissed or dropped?

Evelyn Clark

Hi Cherrio, I would like to kinow also if they both got off. Just wondering

Miss Priss

I really don't get Roady's comments in this article..... He hired the special prosecutor and then says that he is dissappointed with the outcome of the special prosecutor and that his office normally prosecutes these cases???

Instead his comments and actions in this case have made the special prosecutor look bad as well as Kinard. Had Roady's office just done the work they are supposed to do, it would have saved a lot of innocent parties to this from embarrassment and heartache. People are already going through hell due to the situation - why does Roady have to add to it.


Mr. BOCK & TruthSerum hit the nail squarely on the proverbial head:
1)Why did there need to be a special prosecutor?
2)Why, did the Grand Jury get bi-passed?
Lastly, is it just ME,....or do I spell CON-SPI-RA-CY?

We can now quit pretending to be so stupid as to believe JUSTICE is blind!
Justice in Galveston County,....has 20/20 vision,...if you know what I mean.
It would seem this county above all others,...have shown a propensity to make a mockery out of JUSTICE,..and the practice of law inside a fair and equitable SYSTEM of equality for all.
Cases handled like this one is a disgraced to the profession of law! I mean at least,... let the case get to a JUDGE. Here we had a SPECIAL PROSECUTOR to come in and .....handle the deed! This world is getting more dark and corrupt by the hour.


People...this is not about race. She was given a special opportunity that many others are not given. She should be held to the same standards that all others are held to. If she did not want her father's name mentioned, then she should of thought of that before she took possession of it.


I am wondering, just wondering if Dupuy was correct about our legal system here in Galveston County. Like I said just wondering.

Isn't Finegan an attorney locally, I think he was on a criminal case last year. So how does he become a magic special prosecutor? I am so confused.

I am glad the young lady received treatment and I hope she continues her long journey of recovery.

Ron Shelby

I like Roady. But I'm pretty sure there would have been a method for Roady to override this hired prosecutor's decision if he really wanted to. Roady is the ultimate authority/elected official. If he truly thought it should be prosecuted, he could have set aside the recommendation and gone forward.

Because of the situation presented, this should have gone to a grand jury where a jury of peers could have "cleanly" made the decision that there was, or was not, enough evidence to proceed. The ways its been done looks "dirty" and I don't believe it meets the principals that our legal system is based upon. If there's a typical process followed it should be followed as "above board" as possible.

If I were looking at this during the next election, I'd vote to turn Roady out for this type of behavior, unless he has a change of heart and proceeds to present the evidence. He should still be able to let a grand jury to make the decision.

Kevin Lang

One thing I didn't notice earlier is that she's 28 years old. To me, this doesn't quite cut it as an error of youth. She's certainly old enough to have known better. It's also quite likely that she's either managed to avoid getting caught quite a few times in the past, or she's been caught before by others in some kind of authority position and managed to avoid significant penalties. Probably a bit biased on this point, and making assumptions based on it, but I just don't really think she's a new user that got caught early in her using career.

Hopefully she'll stay clean from here on out, and the justice system won't have to wear egg on its face for letting her walk without even much of a squirm let alone any sense of real punishment.


Like "Underdog" I too wonder if Judge Dupuy was on to something about the legal system and then prosecuted with bogus allegations when he was eventually outnumbered by his peers. And why did this "arrest" take over seven months to come to light. I watched the video and it's incriminating. There appears to have been a LOT of people sweeping this under the political carpet and Finegan is a scapegoat. Maybe the GDN will do an unbiased investigation into how many desks the Kinard file was on before it was buried? And again I ask; Did the passenger with the weed on his lap get any charges? If so; were they dismissed or dropped like Jennifer Kinard's?

Steve Fouga

Man, I wonder what NurseJayne knows about the rest of us. I, for one, will be minding my P's and Q's!

Good job, NurseJayne! Maybe you can moonlight for the GDN. Pretty darn good investigative reporting!



Special treatment for official's daughter is absurd. She should have used better judgement before she got the drugs. I find it hard to believe that she is 28. Not too mature to try and throw a baggie into the car. And to beg not to tell her dad. With the amount of evidence the tape caught you should have not gotten the charge dropped. I would not have dropped. You do the crime you face the time for everyone, no exceptions. We do not need a special law for employees of Galveston. Glad she received treatment. Did the treatment change her mind set so that she will not poor decisions in the future? And who cares who she is friends with on Facebook. That has nothing to do with the crime she committed. If we could all just apply the laws that we have that sure would send a message to the kids still in school to not try something dumb.

Ashwin Kalia

Blatant display of favoritism. Tough pill to swallow for low income residents who regularly get the shaft.

Chris Gimenez

Roady likes "to get tough on crime" when he's persecuting and incarcerating innocent people like Bledsoe for ten months. I wonder how many other minorities or those without the resources to put up a defense has he abused? He needs to be gone ASAP.

Lars Faltskog

Goes to show you it's "who you know" that gives one the "breaks" after they've spent years misbehaving. Being 28 yrs old and getting wrapped up with this is not in a category of an individual with the "spring chicken" designation And, you bet it's been going on for years...as it's always said that folks with more disposible resources ($ from parents) can very easily "deal" and consume.

This individual likely spent years getting in trouble (formally with the law), yet in the family way - she's no doubt been a pain in the butt for her loved ones. I did hear that with sites like mugshots.com and other arrest reporting sites, that a family with $ and connections can get the loved one's various arrests/pictures within wiped out of the database.

Robert Morris

Nothing quite like having that tainted legal system in play is there?

Chris Gimenez

One thing about Roady, he knows his limitations. In my opinion, if he didn't have double standards he wouldn't have any standards at all. He's the one who chose the "special" prosecutor and he's the one who bears the responsibility for this miscarriage of justice. Like Jason Murray and Christopher Dupuy, Roady was someone who got swept into office without the most basic qualifications needed to feign competency. He should be removed at the next election so the citizens of Galveston County can get back to having a justice system that is the same for all.

Evelyn Clark

I agree with you bvresident, what kind of justic is he showing. It is a sad day when we se this kind on injustic.

Kevin Lang

Evidently, NurseJayne must have hit a bad chord. Whether her comment was true or not, it must have made someone a bit anxious.

George Croix

Maybe the unnamed drinker had second thoughts about sharing when it showed up in the paper...

J. Shaffer

Funny that my comment was removed when I named no names, only speculation.

That island has a grapevine Earnest & Julio Gallo would be proud of!

Chris Gimenez

I think it's funny that Hubris Taylor is a champion of free speech when it comes to the socialist professor at COM but he's double-quick to censor free speech when it comes to these comments. Double standard and hypocrisy? Of course.

Michelle Norvell

Not surprising. Fair and Ethical are not part of the GDA's office vocabulary. I had the misfortune to come in contact with their office due to property damage by a neighbor. The officer's did everything in their power to make sure thier statements were good, I's were dotted, T's crossed...etc. Then the case hit the wall of incompetency in the District Attorney's office. I basically had to have nuclear meltdown before they would perform due diligence in their own prosecution. It was a horrible experience. He lost my vote then and this article only confirms my decision to vote 'anything but Roady'.

Island Bred

Yeah that's pretty much what happened to me too.. Next time I get verbally assaulted and threatened - we both will be going to jail that day. Doesn't pay to hold your temper then file charges. The DA lets them walk. At least if there is a tussel - there is some sort of ending. As it is - I wasted a year of my time with empty promises from the DA, countless postponements, and she finally walked with a friggin fine. Not that I made a dime off of being the victim but the county sure did............ what a waste.

Chris Gimenez

I think there will be a lot of voter sentiment just like yours in the next election. Anyone BUT Roady. The job is way to important to allow a petty politician like him to be abusing innocent people the way he does.

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