Thursday, July 23, 2015

Venue shopping in evidence suppression case against Williamson County DA

"You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor."
Exodus 20:16

We'd forgotten about this case, but Jana Duty's chutzpah amazes:
Williamson County District Attorney Jana Duty wants Judge Rick Kennon off her case — literally.

The state district judge is seeking to hold Duty in contempt of court for what he says was a violation of a gag order, when Duty called reporters in May to defend herself against accusations of unethical behavior in the capital murder trial of Crispin Harmel.

In response to Kennon, Duty is expected to ask an administrative judge on Thursday to remove Kennon from presiding over her upcoming hearing on the matter, arguing that their strained relationship has more to do with their past dueling campaigns than it does with her actions.


Kennon has refused to recuse himself voluntarily and has declined comment because of the pending litigation.

Harmel is charged with strangling Jessika Kalaher in 2009 after following her out of a Wal-Mart in Cedar Park. His trial ended in a mistrial last year, and he was set to go before a jury a second time this spring until his counsel accused the district attorney’s office — mainly Duty — of withholding evidence.
The original article contains a timeline of important moments in the case, read the whole thing here.


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