Viewpoint on the courts: District clerks’ cases dismissed

By Hunter Biederman

A few days ago, the State filed a motion to dismiss the cases against the Collin County District Clerks cases.

It should be noted that all cases were dismissed “without prejudice.” This means that the charges could be re-brought against the District Clerks, or other charges can be brought against them as well. If a case is dismissed “with prejudice,” no charges can be refiled.

The McKinney Courier Gazette quoted special prosecutor John Helms as saying

“I made the decision not to pursue the original charges that the original prosecutors brought,” he said. “That does not mean I won’t pursue charges that I might want to bring instead, but right now, it’s just one decision — that I do not intend to pursue the original charges that the prosecutors were pursuing.”

The crux of the cases against the clerks is that they were falsifying time records (“blue book time”) which may or may not have been in order to campaign for the election of the next potential District Clerk.

The case seemed already in trouble, and was then exacerbated by the realization that the District Attorney’s office had an arguably similar program that employees were given time off, “off the record.”

This, of course, led to the filing of the State’s Disclosure of Evidence Favorable to the Defense by the Assistant District attorney, who then was charged with Tampering with a Governmental record for that filing. That indictment was quickly quashed, and no new charges have surfaced (or are thought to be coming at all).

It appears that “Indictment Fest 2010” is beginning to come to a close. Just one major political case left, the charges against Judge Suzanne Wooten. That “bribery” case, and I use that term quite loosely, is set for June 20, 2011.

The Law Offices of Hunter Biederman, P.L.L.C. 2010

Viewpoint: Where are the jobs for Americans?


The new figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that national unemployment has risen to 9%.

Moreover, as reported in the May 6th edition of the Wall St. Journal, “new claims for jobless benefits surged last week to their highest level since last summer, in another sign of the economy’s struggle to create jobs.”

As my old boss Ronald Reagan was wont to say during a comparable time of high unemployment, “a recession is when your neighbor is out of work; a depression is when you are out of work.” And, for too many Americans, it feels more like a depression.

The Obama administration continues to rely on a flawed Keynesian model that government can spend its way out of this mess.

Meanwhile, more and more of our bigger American companies are exporting jobs overseas. A recent Wall St. Journal story was headlined “Big U.S. Firms Shift Hiring Abroad” and had this to say about the exporting of American jobs overseas: “The companies cut their work forces in the U.S. by 2.9 million during the 2000s while increasing employment overseas by 2.4 million”

We need a President who wants to be President of the United States, not President of the world. Our number one priority should be putting Americans back to work with policies that will bring jobs home to America, rebuild our manufacturing base, and get the private sector moving again.

That’s a real stimulus plan.

Tom Pauken is Chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission and author of Bringing America Home. For more on Pauken, go to

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