We recommend Kimberly McTorry in the Democratic primary for the 208th Criminal District Court bench

Judge Greg Glass has decades of experience as a criminal attorney in Harris County, but he failed to meet the expectations of the bench in the 208th Criminal District Court. We recommend that voters give his challenger, Kimberly McTorry, defense attorney and former prosecutor, a chance to win the seat in the general election.

While we recognize how difficult bail decisions can be for judges, especially when the right to bail is enshrined in the Texas Constitution, in the case of Deon Ledet, an ex-felon sentenced to two occasions, it is clear that Glass made a flagrant error.

Prosecutors initially sought to hold Ledet without bond, even though he had not been charged with a capital crime, arguing that he had already been convicted twice of a crime. A trial judge initially set bail at $40,000; Glass then agreed to a request from Ledet’s lawyers to reduce his bond to $20,000. Ledet immediately violated the terms of his bail, and when two Houston police officers showed up at Ledet’s home to serve a warrant for his arrest, he allegedly shot and killed Constable William Jeffrey.

Glass, 73, told the editorial board that his decision to cut Ledet’s link was a mistake. “I’m so sorry for Officer Jeffrey’s family, it’s a horrible thing that happened,” Glass said. “If I could change it, I would.”

He said the experience had altered his unshakable belief in restorative justice. He is now denying bail to anyone with a bond forfeiture warrant. However, this is not the only defect of the disc of Glass. He is one of the few district court judges to have both a below-average 1-year and 90-day decision rate. In the Houston Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire, Glass scored poorly in all but one category.

McTorry, 34, would bring a balanced perspective to the courtroom, having practiced on both sides of the role. Although she only recently began handling second-degree crimes as a defense attorney, we believe her trial experience as a prosecutor in Harris County, where she handled thousands of felony cases compensates for this relative lack of experience.

“I believe in restorative justice, I believe in criminal justice reform, but I also believe that a judge should be just as compassionate to victims of crime as he is to those accused of crimes” , McTorry told us.

A third candidate, Beverly Armstrong, 54, is a dedicated public servant, having served as a prosecutor for 15 years in Polk County and Galveston County but lacks criminal law experience in Harris County.

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