4

Former Judge Pleads Guilty To Keying A Neighbor's Car

^
Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.


Former district judge Woody Densen,a

little-missed

Harris County courthouse fixture, has pleaded guilty to criminal mischief and fined $1,500 for the idiotic, petty keying of a neighbor's car caught on security video,

the Houston Chronicle is reporting

.

Densen was apparently annoyed that the neighbor's SUV took up too much of the sidewalk as he tried to walk his dog in the Rice Village area.

Densen has already paid restitution for the damage to the car.

We noted at the time of the incident Densen's lack of fans among local lawyers; it seems like a good time to re-quote the redoubtable Brian Wice on the subject:

"In almost 30 years of doing criminal-defense law, if ever there was such a thing as a four-man judicial bobsled team from hell, he'd be riding point," Wice says.

"He hadn't read a case since Plessy vs. Ferguson and he didn't care," he says. "His feeling was always 'You can reverse my ass [on appeal] but you can't make me read the opinion.'"

Densen served on the bench from 1983 to 1995, when he was defeated for re-election; he then took cases as a visiting judge until a complaint by the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association was filed against him.

The details of the complaint were not made public, but Densen stopped taking assignments and the case was dropped by the Judicial Conduct Commission.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.