Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Brent Chesney Lies To the Governor? Scandal At County Court At Law #5
MEDARY STRADDLES THE 347TH DISTRICT COURT THRONE WHILE JOHN MARTINEZ AND BRENT CHESNEY ARE PASSED UP AND NOW THE BLOCKBUSTER: CHESNEY DISCOVERED LYING ABOUT HIS TRIAL AND COURTROOM EXPERIENCE TO THE GOVERNOR AND COSTING HIS APPOINTMENT!!!
Missy Medary has become the new Judge at the 347th District court, replacing Nelva Gonzalez Ramos who has moved onward and upward for a lifelong appointment to the Federal Southern District of Texas-Corpus Christi Division judgeship.
The appointment of Missy Medary was an upset which bypassed lower court Judge John Martinez and Brent Chesney both who reportedly thought they had it in the bag.
But, this is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg as the story is leaking out that it was Brent Chesney's to lose since he was the odds on favorite because of his close ties to Todd "Tio Todd" Hunter, who is on the judiciary committee in Austin and is our own state representative. A scandal has rocked Court 5 in that Brent Chesney reportedly fabricated his record as an attorney by having stated on his campaign platform and speeches that he had tried over 75 cases and won them all. When the powers that be in Austin under Governor Perry scrutinized his record and asked for proof of the assertion of his trials it was reportedly discovered he has never tried a jury case and misled the Governor's office in charge of appointments.
This scandal has rocked the courthouse and the integrity of this Judge is now being called into question. Who is Brent Chesney and how many cases has he really tried? There was no response from his Court office or Manager or the Judge himself. This is not the first time that Chesney has been under fire, as a city councilman he was criticized for living in Dallas and being a city councilman down here. Many parents in the community who's parental rights have been taken away or are under CPS supervision have complained that his draconian methods of denying them an attorney in significant stages of their case has left them without a lawyer. As you will recall, Chesney campaigned on not paying lawyers to represent parents and apparently he has kept the promise.
Now his honesty is being questioned. Did Chesney lie to the Governors office and to the voters of Nueces County when he asserted he was a trial lawyer in order to get the bench but is now revealing he has never tried a jury trial in his nearly 15 years as an attorney?
El Defenzor is launching a full investigation into this man's record and will get to the bottom of the matter. He is reportedly licking his wounds he was past over for Medary, but Medary reportedly has been a long Republican Stalwart who ran several times and now has been recognized for her longstanding service as a municipal court Judge and as a magistrate Judge.
A local female attorney summed up Medary's credentials: With Misty Medary what you see is what you get. She is very much like Sandra Watts in that she is fair and could care less who you are, what background you come from or if you are a powerbroker lawyer; in her court you will be treated fairly and that is all we can hope for. Unlike John Martinez who is beholding to Tony and Barbara Canales and the Doug Allison and Mikal Watts crowd you will get a fair day in court.
Regarding Brent Chesney, other judges whispered to me that they were nervous with Chesney taking a bench where life and death was being decided as well as life sentences because of his questionable dealings with attorneys and complaints made against him by families and now with this question of his lying about his record he has lost a great deal of respect in the legal community and I think his political career and romance with the media is over. I think the voters need to know if a judge lies about their record"
Much more to come.