Publisher’s Note: Longtime political leader and activist Betty Anderson shared her letter to the Board of Pardons and Paroles with The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, this afternoon. Anderson has provided an excellent summary of the situation involving Montgomery County’s longtime resident Adrian Heath, who just transferred to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division, from the Montgomery County Jail, where he’s serving a 3-year sentence for illegal voting.
Texas Board of Pardons & Paroles
4616 W. Howard Lane, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78728
April 15, 2017
Dear Members of the Parole Board;
My name is Betty Anderson, and I am writing on behalf of my friend Adrian Heath, (Pin #97961, Pod 1.)
I’ve been a Republican activist for over 20 years.
I am writing you today because I’m very concerned about a situation here in Montgomery County, where I have been living most of my adult life. (Since 1972, my husband & I founded and pastored several evangelical churches while founding 2 thriving Christian schools. Then my husband founded & is now the President of a graduate level, accredited seminary with over 300 students in 22 countries. Our community outreach here is known by many.)
Here is my concern: Ten good friends of mine, conservative Christian activists, have been accused of wrongdoing in regard to a Woodlands Road Utility District election in 2010. One of them, Adrian Heath, is now in jail, awaiting a 3 year prison sentence — for doing something that he and the others believed to be perfectly lawful and ethical, in fact –righteous. They were trying to expose this incredible, highly gerrymandered district which brings in millions of tax $$.
I don’t think any of us here actually believed that the extremely flimsy accusations against these good people could possibly end up with a prison sentence for any of them! But here we are.
I am attaching a certified letter from our then Montgomery Co. Elections Administrator, Carol Gaultney, which is dated April, 19, 2010, well before the election day. It includes a list of 24 people whom she had certified in advance of the election, as being eligible to vote in the WRUD election. This document proves without a doubt that these are duly registered voters, with 12 showing the same address. This, along with an audio recording from the Secretary of State’s office proves that these people, in good faith, believed that what they were doing was perfectly legal. (The visiting judge didn’t allow the recording to be admitted in court!)
I’ve been a precinct chairman here for over 10 years, so I’ve repeatedly taken the required classes for Election Judges. I can attest to the fact that the Election Code is relatively vague concerning residence requirements, however in this case, it’s obvious to me that Adrian Heath satisfied the requirements to vote in this election.
I’ve known Adrian Heath for at lease 20 years now and I can say, without reservation, that Adrian Heath is a very responsible citizen, neighbor, husband and father. He’s a man of character and a dedicated conservative activist. In fact, over 10 years ago, he taught a 12 part series of classes on the U.S. Constitution for our Montgomery Co. Eagle Forum chapter (the largest and most active Eagle Forum organization in Texas, according to Cathie Adams.)
Several months ago, over 300 people signed an online petition asking the Court of Criminal Appeals to hear Heath’s case, which they had previously denied to do. There is now a growing groundswell of concern about this case – being so unjust, that it could go this far, and the concern now is moving beyond Montgomery Co. Doesn’t Adrian have14th Amendment rights to “Due Process” and “Equal Protection” under the law?
The District Attorney and Assistant DA refused to prosecute these people because they knew these accusations were saturated in political revenge. –So in comes a “visiting judge,” thanks in part to the efforts of Sen. Tommy Williams who continued to push this evil attack through. (NOTE: Several of these activists had previously filed legitimate Ethics Commission complaints against Sen. Williams, who had to pay some fines for not following the law himself. –In his case, the law was not ambiguous.)
I’m not sure exactly what steps to take to help rectify this terrible injustice against Adrian, but we need your help. Adrian did not want to have to pursue a pardon & parole and none of us grassroots activists wanted him to either. We only wanted justice to be applied fairly, and Adrian to be declared innocent. There are too many REAL voter fraud situations in Texas that actually do need to be pursued. We don’t want our tax dollars used to incarcerate an innocent man.
As members of the parole board, you have a great deal of influence. Please help us to rectify this terrible situation.
Founder & President, Montgomery Co. Eagle Forum
Precinct 31 GOP Chairman, Montgomery Co.
Past President, Texas Tea Party Republican Women, Harris Co