Tommy Thomas

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    September 16, 2010

    Mental Cases

    Philip Grantham counts on his meds and his MHMRA doctor to stay straight. Too bad Texas is slashing funding.

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    October 1, 2009

    Club Dead

    The Mansion has been shut down, but not before an 18-year-old stripper got drunk there and died in a highway wreck.

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    June 10, 2009

    Curiouser And Curiouser At The Chron

    We told you yesterday about how the Houston Chronicle was being uncharacteristically modest in writing about federal inspectors criticizing the Harris County jail.Their story mentioned only how the jail "came under scrutiny" without mentioning that the scrutiny in question was spurred by Chronicle s ... More >>

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    June 9, 2009

    Houston Chronicle, Modestly Declining To Blow Its Own Horn. For Some Reason

    Photo by alex-sThe Houston Chronicle bannered a headline Saturday over a story about federal inspectors criticizing the Harris County Jail: "County Jail Fails Feds' Probe."The story outlined the results of the inspection, saying "poor access to health care and life-threatening conditions" at the jai ... More >>

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    January 8, 2009

    Harassment Suits Against The Harris County Sheriff's Department Live Again

    When Sean and Erik Ibarra sued attorney Lloyd Kelley in October over legal fees, one of the questions was what would happen to a separate civil-rights lawsuit with several plaintiffs, including the Ibarras and April Walker, against the sheriff's department and certain deputies.(The original suit, ho ... More >>

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    December 16, 2008

    Emmett, Also, Visits With The Sikh Family That Said It Was Harassed

    The Sikh family that says it was harassed by Harris County Sheriff's deputies has been getting to know county politicians more than they might have guessed.Over the weekend, sheriff-elect Adrian Garcia met with the family and many other Sikhs; yesterday is was County Judge Ed Emmett.Emmett apologize ... More >>

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    November 6, 2008

    Election 2008: Winners and Losers

    What's that sound? Dust settling? No....Dust doesn't really make any sound as it settles. Nevertheless, dust is settling, dammit, after Election 08, and it's time to pick the local winners and losers. We're here to help. Winners 1. Bill White. Everyone wanted to be Mayor Bill White's best buddy ... More >>

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    November 5, 2008

    Garcia Supporters Come Out Of The Closet (Not That Way)

    Adrian Garcia didn't say much about Tommy Thomas in his victory speech after winning the election for Harris County Sheriff, but he referenced the fear that Thomas had instilled in his deputies. "This night belongs to the hard working men and women of the sheriff's department who supported me, even ... More >>

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    November 5, 2008

    Adrian Garcia's Campaign Manager Wants To Move Up

    A turning point in Adrian Garcia's campaign for sheriff came after Tommy Thomas ran an ad claiming that Garcia smoked marijuana more than 100 times. Garcia responded that he had smoked as a teenager, saying he admitted that years ago on an application to the city's police department. Garcia's camp ... More >>

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    August 27, 2008

    Free Housing For Mentally Ill Inmates Proposed

    One idea talked about during a mental illness forum was building free housing for mentally ill inmates released from Harris County Jail. David Mincberg, who is running against Ed Emmett for County Judge, believes such housing can be built in the city, publicly funded with federal money, and staffed ... More >>

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    August 22, 2008

    The Jail's Mental-Health Issues To Get An Airing

    Several candidates in upcoming Harris County political races are meeting for a forum on Tuesday to talk about mental illness and the Harris County Jail. If you don't think the jail can be rough for a mentally ill inmate, check out "Gone to Hell," this week's Houston Press cover story. Harris Coun ... More >>

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    February 15, 2008

    Chuck Rosenthal Resigns

    Looks like Republicans and Democrats alike won’t have D.A. Chuck Rosenthal to kick around any more. Rosenthal resigned earlier today, citing several reasons in a press release, including possibly feeling a bit loopy of late due to a cocktail of prescription drugs. “Although I have enjoyed exce ... More >>

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    November 11, 2004

    Black and White

    Good ol boys prosper at the Harris County Sheriffs Office. Many African-Americans dont.

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    June 17, 2004

    Family Ties

    A tale of two sisters, and a father who wouldn't quit pursuing a killer

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    December 26, 2002

    All I Want for Christmas Is...

    A shopping list for your favorite political types

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    February 14, 2002

    Quarter Masters

    A bill changer is only the latest example of profiteering at the county jail

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    January 31, 2002

    Law Breakers

    County prosecutors and the sheriff target a controversial judge

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    April 27, 2000

    Courting Disaster?

    Some woes aren't going away at the county's new criminal justice center

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    December 16, 1999

    The Insider

    Political Goodfellows Editor: Gabe and Gary get new toys; Lee and Mario cry in their stockings

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    June 26, 1997
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    April 17, 1997
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    February 13, 1997
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    October 3, 1996
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    March 7, 1996

    Security Risk

    Was there something else behind the sheriff's forbidding off-duty work at abortion clinics?