This afternoon Judge H.D. Black, Jr. dismissed the lawsuit accusing former Robertson County District Attorney John C. Paschall of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the estate of Marium Oscar after the Texas Attorney General’s Office failed to show up for a hearing. Judge Black also referred the still-pending probate case back to Robertson County Judge Jan Roe, who happens to be a political ally of Paschall and his attorney as well as a client of that attorney, Bryan F. “Rusty” Russ, III.
Conflict of interest? There ain’t no such thing in Booger County. As I reported last week, Rusty asked Judge Black to transfer the case from district court back to county court, even though the case originated in county court and Paschall was responsible for transferring it to district court in the first place. We now have a pattern: every time a judge realizes that Paschall has swindled the estate, Paschall requests a transfer to a new judge who happens to be a political crony.
You may recall that Judge Black ordered Paschall to deposit more than $86,000 of estate funds in the registry of the court, and Paschall brought the money to the district clerk in a brown paper bag. To this day, Paschall refuses to disclose the source of the cash. You may also recall that I represented the Calvert Historical Foundation in the lawsuit against Paschall until Rusty’s and Paschall’s allies took over the organization, ousted its president, and fired me (even though I was representing the foundation for free). … Read more