Three years later, it should now be clear, and obvious even to friends of Lonnie Cox, that aside from being a bully, he is unmitigatedly dishonest and is an appalling excuse for a judge.
Moreover, Cox is an embarrassment to Galveston County. Cox is the kind of embarrassment that if left unchecked will inevitably invite more corruption.
Cox said, “First ... $66/hour is the rate Galveston County has approved for court appointed cases, and is therefore a reasonable rate ...” (“Let’s talk about the issues in the county judge race,” The Daily News, Jan. 18).
No court appoints an attorney for a plaintiff. Cox was not the defendant — nor was he indigent.
Of his own Harvard educated attorney, Mark Stevens, Cox said, “Second ... None of Mark Stevens’ services benefited me personally ...” Because Cox lost — that’s why!
Despite the unintended humor of Cox’s statement, it displays a lack of class toward one’s cohort despite being given such a sweetheart deal.
Cox also said on Jan. 18, “I paid the entire bill from my bank account.”
It should offend even the casual observer to know that activist Judge Lonnie Cox financed his frivolous lawsuit against County Judge Mark Henry using campaign funds.
Here’s a money quote from Cox, “Third, Enos claims I awarded Mark Stevens a large judgment in a civil case. That is false. The opposing party to Stevens’ client was an administrative default. Stevens received no attorney fees as a result of the judgment.
Why in Sam Hill would an opposing party bother showing up to court having prior knowledge of the inappropriate relationship between Cox and Stevens?
Simple crony politics? Cox worked to get his unqualified wife elected to a justice of the peace slot. A few months after she won, Alison Cox asked for a big fat raise. As the administrative judge, Cox appoints all members of GCAD’s Appraisal Review Board, and he appointed his most strident supporter to the ARB, one Carol Dean.
In Cox’s frivolous lawsuit against Henry, Cox was unanimously overturned on every single legal point by the Texas Supreme Court, and a new law went into effect last year preventing activist judges like Cox from ever pulling a stunt like that again.
And yet, knowing everything I just wrote, Tax Assessor-Collector Cheryl Johnson, and County Commissioner Darrell Apffel endorsed Cox, anyway. It looks like Mayes Middleton still hangs out with Cox every chance he gets. No, I haven’t forgot about Cox’s protégé and biggest cheerleader, Facebook Judge Michelle Slaughter. Heaven knows why Slaughter is running in a statewide race where the other two candidates are imminently more qualified than she.
Cox is currently under criminal investigation with good reason, and one should question these supporters and/or beneficiaries if they will rescind their endorsement or support of Cox. Supporting Cox is supporting corruption.
What I’m concerned about now is the sleazy influence Cox would bring to the inmates of the Texas Department of Corrections.