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Saturday, January 21, 2006

I Want to Represent This Lady

Betty Holland’s seventeen-year-old daughter was involved in an auto accident with Clay Ballman, District Attorney for Hutchinson and Hansford Counties. DA Ballman attempted to flee the scene of the accident, but he was apprehended. Ballman pleaded guilty to DWI and hit-and-run; he received four days in jail and a $2,000 fine. Nonetheless, he is still in office.

Ms. Holland has attempted to retain an attorney to have Ballman removed from office under a Texas law that allows a county official to be removed for incompetency, official misconduct, or “intoxication on or off duty caused by drinking an alcoholic beverage.”

The lawyers Ms. Holland has approached have not leapt at the opportunity to remove Ballman, and she has until February 5 to respond to a motion to dismiss filed by Ballman’s attorney. The attorneys who have declined to take her case cite that their schedules are too full or that it would take too much time to become versed in Chapter 87 of the Local Government Code. One attorney acknowledged fear of reprisals – the real reason that none of the local attorneys is wiling to take up Ms. Holland’s cause.

I don’t have anything to fear from a Panhandle DA, so I would be thrilled to pursue Ballman’s removal. Maybe since Ms. Holland is receiving some publicity, attorneys who are willing to represent her will come forward.


  • Do it, Matthew! Then John Grisham will write a book about you, it will be made into a movie, and I can sit there in the theatre elbowing everyone around me saying, "I used to read that guy's blog every day!"

    Oh, but forgetting my own selfish reasons, for a moment, do it cuz it's the right thing to do. Yeah, that's what I really meant to say.

    By Blogger Ivy the Goober, at 3:03 PM, January 21, 2006  

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