Runaway Grand Jury ….. or Runaway Justice?
On January 17, 2008, Texas Supreme Court Justice David Medina and his wife Francisca Medina were indicted on felony arson related charges resulting from the 2007 fire which destroyed their home in Spring, Texas and severely damaged two nearby residences.
Justice Medina’s felony indictment was for “evidence tampering” in relation to a letter that was produced during the investigation. Francisca Medina was indicted by two (2) separate Harris County grand juries for felony arson.
The initial fire investigator in the case felt there was compelling evidence to rule that the fire was in fact arson. Some key factors that lead to his ruling: (1) canine detected an accelerant at the scene; and (2) substantial financial issues relating to the Medinas’ mortgage, taxes, and other related debts.
Immediately, it was reported that the Medinas had allowed the insurance policy on their home to lapse. Medina defenders quickly began pushing that fact as if to suggest that the Medinas had nothing to gain from the destruction of their residence since they had no insurance coverage. Later, Justice Medina revealed in an interview that the mortgage company did take out coverage on the residence and that the forced placement policy had in fact paid off the mortgage.
A few hours after the 1st grand jury indicted the Medinas on January 17th, 2008 then embattled Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal announced he would dismiss the indictments stating that there was “insufficient evidence.” Oddly, neither Rosenthal nor his staff had sufficient time to review the evidence considered by the grand jury in the Medina indictments prior to making the announcement of dismissal.
Rosenthal had the indictments against the Medinas thrown out the next morning and the attacks against the integrity and competency of the jurors began by the Medina legal team(s) in an effort to discredit the indictments and the jurors. The Medina camp constantly made reference to the grand jury as being a “runaway grand jury …drunk with power.” On January 18th, during a press conference held by Medina’s attorney, Terry Yates and Justice Medina, Yates implied that all the jurors were “agenda driven …. liberal …. Log Cabin Republicans …. against conservative Republican judges.”
When the grand jury Foreman and Assistant Foreman attempted to counter the misleading information being spread by the Medina attorneys (regarding the indictments, the jurors, and their service on the jury) Yates asked the Judge to silence (sanction) them – threatening jail time and fines if they dared publicly defend themselves.
Members of the 1st grand jury soon filed lawsuits against Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal and later against Pat Lycos (the District Attorney in office during the dismissal of the 2nd Harris County Grand Jury indictment against Francisca Medina for arson) in an effort to defend themselves.
Throughout this case, the media ran with the misinformation spread by the attorneys representing the Medinas – never bothering to do their homework.
This project exposes the inaccuracies of previous information concerning the dismissal of the felony indictments handed down by two (2) separate grand juries in this one (1) Harris County arson case and the makeup of the members of the 1st grand jury. Those factors alone are enough to raise eyebrows and questions about what actually happened in this case.
An earlier quote by the jury Foreman indicates how many feel, “If this was David Medina, truck driver, from Baytown, Texas, he would have been indicted 3 months ago.”
The credibility of the 1st grand jury members and the confidence they still have in the indictments they handed down would never been revealed if not for the eight (8) jurors who exhibited the moral clarity to stand on principle and speak about the cronyism and corruption they witnessed in Harris County while serving their community as grand jurors.
Due to employment related issues, four (4) of the grand jurors did not participate in this public education project for fear of retaliation but information concerning their occupations and any information available on GOP bona fides is provided HERE.
Meet the Jurors and other Cast of Characters – you be the judge.
Was this a “Runaway Grand Jury
…. or Runaway Justice?”