County Judge Mark Henry attempted to listen in on discussions between attorneys and inmates at the jail. Bonnie Quiroga advised Henry that this should not be done. (This would violate the attorney-client right to privacy.) How can anyone in public office be unaware of such rights?
Henry fired Bonnie Quiroga and locked her out of her office. By some accounts, he had no authority to fire her because she was employed by the court and not by Henry.
In July 2015, Susan Criss, an attorney, reported some of the more serious errors of the Henry administration. Among these are acting as a judge even though he has no legal training. This was simply to make more money than he already earns as the county judge. His salary is about $160,000 per year.
“One of the first things Judge Mark Henry did upon taking office was to sign up to earn an extra $14,000 a year by committing to spend at least 40 percent of his time performing judicial functions, that is where he acts as a judge in real lawsuits and prosecutions. He quickly hustled to set himself up to magistrate inmates, preside over juvenile hearings and take criminal pleas in one county court ...”
This was the start of a dispute that is still unresolved. Henry ran up bills for legal fees that are at presently about $1.3 million and still counting. They are being paid for by the taxpayers, i.e., the taxpayers in Galveston County.
I asked an attorney if there could be a “recall election” to get Henry out of office. He said the way to go would be an impeachment proceeding. But this could not start until the legal action is complete. And it’s still going on, costing the taxpayers even more money.
A recent newspaper item has attorney Greg Enos criticizing Judge Lonnie Cox for accepting a discounted fee and sometimes even charging nothing for legal services. What’s wrong with performing legal services to a friend with no fees? Wouldn’t we all do the same? I think that Enos is betting on the wrong horse.
Daily News Editor Michael A. Smith wrote (“The timing of Cox’s complaint unfortunate for everybody,” The Daily News, Jan. 12) because it could influence voters who haven’t already made up their minds; please read the entire editorial.
I’m planning on voting for Cox in March and when the voting public is made aware of the facts of the case, I forecast that Cox will win the election by a healthy margin.
I invite Enos and Henry and anyone else to respond to these remarks — the sooner the better.