Huffington Post reports on Texas’ Allegations Of Voter Fraud

Many are skeptical about claims from Texas’ Secretary of State David Whitley (R) and Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) that 95,000 noncitizens may be on the voting rolls and that 58,000 of them voted in at least one election since 1996. Election officials, lawyers and experts said that number is likely inflated because of people who applied for driver’s licenses when they were legal permanent residents and later became naturalized.

Douglas Ray, a special assistant Harris County attorney, said officials were “very skeptical about the accuracy of this list.” He said the county previously received inaccurate data from the state, including in 2011, when the state sent a list of allegedly deceased voters, some of whom turned out to be alive.

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County Attorney Vince Ryan Appoints Ieshia Champs Assistant County Attorney: Mother of 5’s law school pics went viral

Ieshia Champs has been appointed Assistant County Attorney to work in the Children’s Protection Practice Group. Champs was sworn in on January 9 at the Harris County Attorney’s Office at 1019 Congress in downtown Houston.

Champs previously interned with the County Attorney’s Office and received national attention when she graduated from the Thurgood Marshal School of Law at Texas Southern University and a photo of her and her five children went viral. Champs, who has experienced periods of homelessness and who is raising her children as a single mother, graduated from law school with honors before passing the Texas bar and beginning her career as an attorney with the County Attorney’s Office.

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Houston Public Media: In Latest Development About Bail System Lawsuit, Misdemeanor Judges Withdraw Appeal

Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan said in a statement he supports the newly-elected judges in their effort to resolve the case “on terms they find acceptable.”

Ryan added his office is “confident” the parties “will be able to reach a settlement that maximizes the number of misdemeanor detainees who are eligible for prompt release from jail without secured bail and that also provides due regard for the rights of victims and protection of the community while preserving the independence of the judiciary.”

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County Attorney Ryan Encourages Awareness Of Revised Sexually Oriented Business Regulations

A revised Harris County ordinance regulating Sexually Oriented Businesses (SOB’s) went into effect January 1, 2019, and will apply to areas of unincorporated Harris County.

The regulations include additional sections on prohibited conduct by employees, contractors and customers of SOB’s. Among the revisions is a specific prohibition against using “an anthropomorphic device or object”—a so-called sex robot—for sexual activities in a business. The ordinance has also been rearranged into sections based on SOB type to make reading and enforcement easier.

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Harris County sues after exploding Glock injures deputy

From the SE Texas Record:

HOUSTON – Last March, a Harris County deputy was allegedly seriously injured when his handgun exploded.

On Dec. 31, the county filed suit against the makers of the gun, Glock Inc., along with the makers and sellers of the ammunition, Olin Corp., in Harris County District Court, seeking up to $50,000 in damages.

According to the lawsuit, Deputy Herman Sanders was on duty on March 1, 2017 and injured as he pulled the trigger of a Glock 21, 45 caliber handgun “that exploded in his hand and face.”

Sanders was training at the firing range when the incident occurred.

“The bullets were ejected out of the barrel of the gun,” the suit states. “The round never left the pistol and blew back into Deputy Herman Sander’s face and hand.”

The county alleges the defendant companies negligently placed defective products into the stream of commerce.

The county is suing to recover worker compensation benefits paid to Sanders.

Harris County Attorney Yvette Jircik represents the county.

County Attorney Vince Ryan Wins Order to Cleanup Unlicensed Salvage Yard

Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan has obtained a court order to require the cleanup of an unlicensed automotive salvage yard that has been damaging the environment by allowing automotive fluids to contaminate the ground and water near the business.

District Court Judge Caroline Baker ordered Aloysius Ikwuezunma on October 26 to cease operating an automotive wrecking and salvage yard at 5607 Charrin Drive in north Harris County until he obtains a license from Harris County.

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Harris County Moves to Ban “Robot Brothels”

From Houston Public Media:

Harris County commissioners are prepared to ban so-called robot brothels, just as Houston did last week.

Harris County already bans live sex acts at any place of business. Robert Soard, First Assistant County Attorney, said that, in his reading, that includes sex with “anthropomorphic devices.”

“Now, that being said, because of changing technology, it might be a good idea to amend the current sexually oriented business regulations,” Soard said.

The Office of the Harris County Attorney has been working with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office on the amendment.

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Harris County Attorney Ryan’s effort To stop Sale of Fraudulent “Miracle Solution” Upheld by Appeals Court

Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan’s effort to stop the sale of a fraudulent medical treatment has been upheld.

The Fourteenth Court of Appeals in an opinion issued last week affirmed an injunction obtained by Harris County Attorney Ryan that halts the promotion and distribution of a fraudulent medical treatment known as the “Miracle Mineral Solution.”

After Ryan filed a lawsuit in 2017, District Judge Randy Wilson ordered Shane Hawkins D/B/A Genesis II Church of Health and Healing, Chapter #119 to stop promoting or selling the “Miracle Mineral Solution.” This alleged medical treatment was called a “health sacrament” of the church and was touted as a cure for 95 percent of human diseases. The solution, also marketed as MMS, is actually a sodium chlorite product used in disinfectants and as an industrial bleaching agent.

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Harris County Attorney Ryan Celebrates National Voter Registration Day

Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan celebrates National Voter Registration Day today by making training for lawyers available online.

Ryan recently hosted a Continuing Legal Education session about voting issues that could be raised by government officials or members of the public.  It included an overview of the Texas Election Code and Voter ID laws. That seminar is now being offered free online for any lawyers who wish to view it.  CLE credit will be given.

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Alleged plot to eliminate Third Ward voters with ‘registration challenges’ isn’t what it seems

According to Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan, Chairman of the Harris County Republican Party's Ballot Security Committee Alan Vera, matched addresses against a data base to find things like a post office box, for example.  And that's not a good enough reason to submit a challenge.

“Many people have for instance post office boxes because they get a lot of mail or they have some personal reason for not wanting their personal address out there for the public,” Ryan said.

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