On Jan. 5, I received a copy of a politically motivated criminal complaint directed to Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady from Greg Enos. Enos’ accusations are frivolous and show his lack of understanding about criminal law. I ought to know. I’m board certified in criminal law, was an assistant district attorney for 10 years, and have been a well-respected criminal court trial judge for 13 years.
The only thing criminal are Enos’ deceptive accusations. In the interest of total transparency I am responding to the complaint.
Enos makes three basic assertions — all baseless and frivolous. First, that Mark Stevens represented me at a discounted rate. Mark Stevens represented me at a rate that he and I agreed upon ($66 per hour); that is the rate that Galveston County has approved for court appointed cases, and is therefore a reasonable rate.
Enos now wants to tell Mark Stevens how to run his business and how much money to charge his clients.
Second, Enos claims that Mark Stevens gave free services. I was presented a lengthy bill for hundreds of hours of legal work totaling approximately $18,000. I paid the entire bill from my bank account. I am not aware of any “free services.” None of Mark Stevens’ services benefited me personally. Rather, Mark Stevens represented me in my official capacity as a judge (administrative judge) in Galveston County. I had nothing to personally gain from any of the litigation.
Third, that I awarded Mark Stevens a large judgment in a civil case. That is false. The opposing party to Mark Stevens never responded to the lawsuit — in any way. The judgment awarded to Mark Stevens’ client was an administrative default. Mark Stevens received no attorney’s fees as a result of the judgment.
This is simple crony politics and the politics of personal destruction. The complaint was filed months after the alleged incident — but in the middle of a heated election. Why? Because the present county judge cannot run on his record, rather all he knows is how to smear his opponent.
It is time for a change. Let’s talk about the issues that are important to our citizens. Now is the time for Galveston voters to examine the records of candidates — their accomplishments and their goals — and what they want to do to make Galveston County a better place for all of its residents. It is about time.