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3.30.2015

More Legal Insanity - This Time In Houston


Lawyers in Houston are scratching their heads over a lavish honeymoon gift registry posted online by Harris County Family Court Judge Alicia Franklin and her fiancé, attorney Doug York.
We're joining in on the head-scratching, especially since the exposure of the site -- which describes the couple's plans to stay in Paris and the Maldives ("for a little r&r") -- comes on the heels of a report finding that Franklin collected $806,005 from the county for her work as a judge-appointed attorney between 2010 and 2014.  More

Edit: I'm not sure I've had so many comments from people who don't understand this story.  Is it wrong to have a high tone registry? I don't know. I don't care. That's not the point. It's about a trip described in that registry. But the key to this is publicizing the trip is "tone deaf" -- meaning "do you have any idea how this looks for a person in your situation?"

So what's her situation? We've got a judge who collected and ungodly amount of money when she was a court appointed lawyer. Enough to raise eyebrows that something could be seriously amiss. (Try being a good attorney and make a living off court appointments -- normally you will starve. Quickly. She got rich.) And, you conservatives, we are talking about taxpayer dollars.  But here is the point: Despite complaints about her in Houston for all of that, she flaunts her extravagant trip. 

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Now society is after an attorney making $160k per year and wanting to take the honeymoon of a lifetime.

Anonymous said...

Word is also that the judge would have had to have worked 32 hours a day some days in order to make what she claimed to have billed as an ad litem and amicus. There's a Galveston attorney who does an expose on judges like her. He was directly responsible for getting Judge Denise Pratt of the bench.

Anonymous said...

10:06--no, they're after her for over billing. This is just more evidence of greed.

Katy Anders said...

I guess I've never thought about crowdfunding/registries for judges before. But they send these judges to what is basically "judge school" before they get seated, so they ought to be very cognizant of how to maneuver the problems with accepting gifts.

With Judge Franklin, it's not the first time she's raised ethics flags, plus it's pretty lavish, plus... well, if she mentioned the registry in front of attorneys appearing before her, that could be a dealbreaker.

Anonymous said...

Plaid shorts, white socks, and Hushpuppies?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your analysis, Katy Flanders. Your six years in community college is really paying off big time!

Anonymous said...

BG your just jealous

Katy Anders said...

11:13: I'mn not sure it even takes a college education to read some newspaper articles about a story.

However, I did actually work in the 311 District Court for a summer before Franklin's tenure there, during law school...

Anonymous said...

Good point 11:06, and combined with her "Mom" jeans, I am not sure they traveled to Paris for the "fashion" as they claimed.

Anonymous said...

The husband-to-be is keeping it classy in his response. "It takes a special person to do something this low. We, however, forgive the person who initiated this process, as our faith is strong, knowing all persons will face God to answer for their actions."

Essentially, they're taking the high road by letting God smite the evildoers. Because I'm sure on Judgment Day God's main concern is going to be "So...remember that time you exposed that couple that was exhibiting a lack of tact and self-awareness, if not greed and pride???"

Anonymous said...

While Warne was there?

Anonymous said...

Lord God Almighty Monday To-Do List:
1. Make sure every school kid has firearms.
2. Make sure said firearms are loaded with armor piercing ammo.
3. Rain down fire on Buddhists, Muslims, Taoists, and Episcopalians, per Pat Robertson memo.
4. Bless Rickey Bobby
5. Make all wedding gift evil-doers answer for their actions.
6. Order double pepperoni for pizza night with Pope.
7. Forgive Rick Perry, AGAIN!
7. Oh, the heck with it! I'll just wipe it clean with fire & start over with two Unitarians this time.

DF Pissed Off God in Heaven

Anonymous said...

3:31 Put down the bath salts and slowly walk away.

Denney Crane said...

Their registry has now been restricted.

Do you expect an investigation?

Does this qualify as #milkingthesystem ?

Anonymous said...

Imagine that...a crooked lawyer!

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah- now we see the violence inherent in the system!

Anonymous said...

It's wrong for them to have a wedding registry because they're more successful than you?