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COMMISSIONERS COURT HEARS FROM THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY GRAND JURY.–WITH VIDEO

Monday morning District Attorney Brett Ligon addressed Commissioner’s Court on the investigation by both the FBI and the Montgomery County Grand Jury. Although by law he could not got into detail on what was discussed in the Grand Jury he did give Commissioner’s some advise on how to handle things in the future.

Ligon stated that he learned the FBI had started and investigation and contacted them to see if the District Attorney’s Office needed to assist. Once the FBI completed their investigation with no charges they informed Ligon it might be beneficial for his office to look into the allegations also. When the District Attorney’s Office requested copies of documents that the Federal Government had used to reach their decision Ligon was met with resistance. Due to it being a Federal investigation the Federal Government would not release the documents. Ligon appealed to higher ups within the Justice Department with  the same resistance. The next step would have been Attorney General Eric Holder, a step Ligon didn’t take.

Most of the investigation dealt with the use of taxpayer money for the Joe Corley Detention Facility and it’s construction. In addition was the Montgomery County Mental Health Unit.  Not just how it was built but the checks and balances that were skirted around to get it going.

Two of the twelve Grand Jurors then read a letter to Commissioners on how they felt about what they discovered. Even though there was nothing illegal found by either the FBI or the Grand Jury several procedures were side stepped.

“We expect more from our elected county officials,” said the grand juror.

“It has become apparent that although there were no actionable criminal charges, ethical violations, mismanagement and lack of financial oversight were present,” the grand juror said.

The grand juror said, “The lack of ethics in decision making, failure to disclose personal relationships, and pure disregard for best practices and above board dealing was very upsetting to each of us.”

Director of Infrastructure Mark Bosma told Commissioners it was impossible  for a full set of drawings to be complete within just a few days after signing a contract. He also questioned the reason for needing the developer at over $6 million dollars.

BELOW IS THE LETTER FROM THE GRAND JURY

GRAND JURY LETTER

March 28, 2013

To the Commissioners Court and fellow Montgomery County citizens:

This Grand Jury of Montgomery County, Texas, having completed its term would like to relay the following information:

Over the last several months, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office presented volumes of testimony, numerous witnesses, thousands of documents and evidence concerning potential criminal conduct in the development, construction and financing of the Joe Corley facility and the Mental Health facility. Our sole job as the Grand Jury was to review this evidence and determine whether probable cause existed to indict for criminal conduct. After reviewing the evidence and applicable law, it has become apparent that although there were no actionable criminal charges, ethical violations, mismanagement and lack of financial oversight was present.

As 12 citizens of Montgomery County, Texas, the best way for us to express our sincere disappointment in the conduct of the Commissioners Court and to try to change your dealings was to author this letter to you to be presented in a public forum so that our community would know that this matter was given every attention. The lack of ethics in decision making, failure to disclose personal relationships, and pure disregard for best practices and above board dealing was very upsetting to each of us. We expect more from our elected county officials and hope that major changes in how the court functions and how individual commissioners handle personal relationships are made immediately. The County Judge and Commissioners Court should continuously train in ethics and best practices to ensure that these violations do not reoccur.

We strongly challenge our Commissioners Court to immediately consider and adopt ethical guidelines that prohibit members of this Court and other county employees from conducting personal business with vendors, developers, architects and engineers currently engaged in the pursuit of county business. This simple ethical practice avoids the appearance of impropriety and the easy lure of inappropriate financial dealings.

Our county officials should not profit on the backs of their constituents.

Sincerely,

Grand Jury of the 410th District Court

 

 

 

 

 

BRETT LIGON AND COMMISSIONER NOACK RESPOND TO THE INVESTIGATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRETT LIGON ADDRESSES COMMISSIONERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIRECTOR OF INFRASTRUCTURE MARK BOSMA EXPLAINS WHAT HE DISCOVERED AFTER LOOKING INTO THE CONTRACTS AND DEALINGS WITH THE JOE CORLEY DETENTION CENTER AND THE MENTAL HEALTH UNIT

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRAND JUROR READS THE LETTER TO COMMISSIONERS DRAFTED BY THE 12-MEMBER GRAND JURY.

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5 Comments

  1. LittleFoot

    Yes, well Brett Ligon should talk and investigate ethics of his DA in court system. Look at citizens human rights, and freedom. Just as something as simple as allowing citizes protect there property over simple issues and learn to use better judgement of simple senseless cases kept out of court system. This includes the Sheriff dept knowing when there is a real threat instead of rushing to wrong decisions just for a quick arrest without checking and getting statements from witness.
    They can be wrong you know but will not admitt it..

  2. james kratz

    The Grand Jury system is the Heart of our Criminal Justice system.
    Everyone owes a debt of gratitude to these fine citizens representing you and I in Montgomery County serving or having served on a Grand Jury.
    Supporting the Grand Jury is our District Attorney Brett Ligon, who cites former Harris County Judge Robert Eckels Jr for instituting an “Ethical” standard in County Government. I worked for his father Bob Sr and Robert when he was a State rep. I know of no better example.
    Director Bosma should be commended for speaking up in open session, publicly allowing you and I to be better informed. Bold in todays political atmosphere.
    These good Officials ARE the reason America leads the way in freedom, human rights worldwide.
    We should not forget, FBI, Texas Rangers, Hiway Patrol, Sheriffs Department, Constables, local Police for their supporting roles.
    Sincerely,
    James Kratz
    NorthWood
    Porter

  3. LittleFoot

    Oh I would like to add I lost my job of 22years over this racoon because of arrest they say DA probabley called work to see what kind of employee I was charges discharge firearm now I cant find job because of this termination from job and if they dont dismiss it only mideameaner over a racoon I will not be able to find work oh no unemployment either due to termination from work there is somthing wrong internal with DA as well a waste of taxpayer money tieing up court system over somthing so minor I feel They have punished me enough all the stress and jobless and who is going to hire me now but they want to keep tieing this up and spending the taxpayer money over a racoon makes no sense

  4. LittleFoot

    I feel they should also investigate the D A in the court system I live in East part of Montgomery County there is a deer lease across street thousand somthing acres all neighbors and I know there is a severe racoon problem I shot at ground to protect my property to scare off a racoon during the day which had to be sick to see a racoon during the day and was arrested I did not lie told truth unlike others in neighborhood do I went to jail and still fighting this in court…
    This is a waste of tax payer money and should be dismissed but the DA still wants to keep on for what a racoon. Makes no sense

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