Together In Life And Death
Over the weekend, two local legends died -- private investigator Clyde Wilson and attorney Tom Alexander.
Wilson helped Alexander go after tort king John O'Quinn in the State Bar's first attempt to discipline him, back in the `80s. (Just to show there were no hard feelings, the ever-wily Wilson later worked for O'Quinn's lawyers in a subsequent Bar attempt to discipline him.)
And in 1996 the Houston political world was abuzz with the mayoral race between Bob Lanier and State Rep. Sylvester Turner.
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Shortly before election day, KTRK's Wayne Dolcefino ran a damaging report saying Turner had participated in the faked death of one of his clients. Turner sued a bunch of people, and at one point asked for notes on phone calls Wilson had made.
Alexander was repping Wilson, and responded with this: "Piously preaching privacy to conceal his own participation in matters of public record, plaintiff inconsistently attempts to invade the privacy of the records of clients and subjects of [Wilson's] investigations."
The pair also worked together on the Hermann Hospital scandal way back when.
Odd, but fitting somehow, that they would die within a day of each other. Alexander, especially, was a hoot and a half to interview.
-- Richard Connelly
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