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Pat Lykos's Loss Brings Joy to Lots of Ex-Prosecutors

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Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos was soundly defeated in her GOP-primary re-election race yesterday, a result that greatly cheered the nearly 100 prosecutors who had left the DA's office in her single term.

Many of them were at the victory party for Mike Anderson, the former prosecutor who grabbed 63 percent of the vote against Lykos.

And today, Lykos's most persistent critic, Murray Newman, wrote on his well-read blog, "Well, I'm not going to lie. I woke up with a smile on my face this morning."

Anderson had many influential endorsements, including the Houston Police Officers Union.

Lykos pissed off a remarkably large number of people in her one term. She fired or ran off many experienced prosecutors, and instituted policies that critics said were too lenient for first-time DWI defendants.

On the other hand, many people thought the DA's office had become ossified and that cracking down hard on someone with one DWI was not the most effective way to deal with them.

Lykos's abrasive personality, though, made even some people who supported her policies dislike her.

She had been a police officer and a judge, but never a prosecutor when she took office.

Anderson, who did the usual tough-on-crime shtick during his race, will face Democrat Lloyd Oliver, who won an upset race. Oliver received extremely low ratings in the Houston Bar Association's survey on judicial qualifications.

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