Tuesday, February 20, 2018

McClendon: District attorneys' shenanigans not so surprising

By Raymond McClendon
Dec. 23, 2016 at 11:14 p.m.

I want to comment on the recent stories about district attorneys and one former district attorney. As a person who has had a few dealings with district attorneys and, as of right now, is surrounded by thousands of people who have had all kinds of different dealings with them, I don't find these recent stories as shocking as I'm sure the general public does. I hear stories every day in here from guys who claim the DA did them wrong. I used to take these tales of woe with a grain of salt and chalk them up to the "I did not do it" gang.

But in recent years, I read in the newspaper and see on the evening news stories of DAs, judges, policemen, county employees and other elected officials being caught up on the other side of the law they are to uphold. At first I really didn't know what to think about this stuff in the news every week, then it hit me: cellphones, iPads, tablets and other devices that record voice, photos and videos.

Nowadays at a moment's notice we can record a video or photo or sound. Now we all are being watched by a camera somewhere. This type of behavior with these folks has probably been going on for years, but with all the new technology, no one can hide.

I've read in the News-Journal about the district attorney in the Michael Morton case, where he had evidence (blood on a bandana) to show Mr. Morton didn't do it and withheld it. This is morally wrong, and after all the facts came out, they proved prosecutor Ken Anderson was dirty. All he got was 10 days in jail suspended and lost his law license. He really needs to do the 25 years day for day Mr. Morton did so he will fully understand the error of his crookedness.

Then I read where a DA in Harris County tried to get a defendant to cop to a six-year plea deal knowing his evidence had been destroyed by a deputy. He needs to go do the six years.

The next story is from my hometown of Longview, where an ex-DA was drinking and driving and had his personal stash of cocaine with him when he slid off the icy road and got stuck (I hate that when that happens, especially when you spill your drink). Now Mr. Foster, being a former DA, knows you are not supposed to drive and drink Scotch, even if it is the "good kind" as he told the officer. He is well aware possession of cocaine is illegal as well. With or without a dash cam video that officer knows if he was drinking or not. I'm sure she smelled the glass. She did not say she was arresting Mr. Foster because he was drunk. I'm betting she told him she was arresting him on "suspicion" of DWI, and that gives her the right to inventory his vehicle before it's towed to the impound. Mr. Foster played the little DA games cause he knows them better than the average person. He needs to man up and own up to his drinking and driving and cocaine possession like he told all the folks he prosecuted and sent to prison. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, he wants to dance.

It is sad to hear and read about the shenanigans from DAs getting caught these days. Their main concern, it seems, is getting a conviction at all costs any way they can to keep getting elected. Then when they get caught, they want to look for every loophole they can find. It ain't no fun when the rabbit has the gun!

I am here from a DWI case in Longview in 2011, and I was guilty. I got pulled over for not wearing my seatbelt and sentenced to 10 years.

— Raymond McClendon is an inmate in the H.H. Coffield Unit near Tennessee Colony.



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