Harris County has long been known as the death-penalty capital of the United States, and the court system will be back in the spotlight this morning.
Except this time it will be for the oddity of a judge who considers the death penalty, as it's applied in Texas, to be unconstitutional.
District Judge Kevin Fine will conduct a hearing, expected to last well past today, to look at issues in the case of John Edward Green, accused of killing a woman and wounding her sister during a 2008 robbery. He says he's innocent,.
While much of the hearing will deal with the specifics of Green's case, the hearing has taken on a bigger meaning since Fine shocked the state this year when he ruled capital punishment in Texas to be unconstitutional.
He backtracked from that after a storm of controversy and scheduled the hearing that begins this morning.
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Fine isn't giving out interviews, although he was not shy with the press when he took the bench in 2008's Democratic wave, with his tattoos and drub-abuser past.
As far as we can tell, the last time he talked to reporters was when he talked to us and eventually gave a statement about how he had questioned whether a woman was raped because she had been "on top" during the sex act.
"The manner in which I went about garnering answers to my questions that I had, and that I needed answered prior to assessing appropriate punishment for the defendant, was incorrect," he said. "I should not have gone about it in the manner in which I went about it."
With the spotlight back on him this week, we're guessing he will be more careful.