Bill Brenza, Special Reporter to The Golden Hammer
Conroe, July 16 – “It’s Hammer Time,” the popular Facebook Live and YouTube show found at MCPLive.TV, will host Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney Mike Holley and renowned bailbondslady Georgette Whatley in “A Tutorial on Bail Reform.” Texas Governor Greg Abbott has made bail reform one of his legislative priorities. During the Regular Session of the 87th Texas Legislature, however, the Texas Senate and Texas House of Representatives ignored the issue. Abbott included “bail bond reform” as both part of his call for the current Special Session and part of his rationale for vetoing the Legislature’s portion of the State Budget, since the Governor said the legislators had failed to perform their jobs.
The following is Holley’s official District Attorney’s Office biography:
Mike Holley is a native Texan who moved to Spring in 2006. Mike started his career in the United States Army as a Military Police Officer in the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. The Army then sent Mike to law school, and he subsequently became a Military Prosecutor and Paratrooper in the 18th Airborne Corps in North Carolina. Assignments as a Military Defense Attorney in Korea, Japan, and Thailand followed.
Mike was deployed to Iraq in 2004 to be the Chief Prosecutor in the Abu Ghraib Detainee Abuse cases. Following this one-year assignment, Mike served as a Professor of Criminal Law. Mike left the Army as a Major after 13 years of service. He then worked for six years at one of the country’s best private law firms, the Lanier Law Firm, but ultimately desired to return to prosecution work.
For the last 4 years, Mike has been a Felony prosecutor and Chief of the Misdemeanor Division. Mike assisted in the creation of our county’s Veterans Court, prosecuted Animal Cruelty cases and served on the Vehicular Crimes call-out team. Mike spends a substantial amount of his time training new lawyers and law enforcement officers in the County, and he has spoken at various conferences across the state and the country.
Mike graduated Summa Cum Laude from Abilene Christian University and The Texas Tech School of Law, and he has a Masters of Law from the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia. Mike has been married to his amazing wife, Renee, for 25 years. Mike and Renee have four children.
As the First Assistant District Attorney of Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, Mike is responsible for the day to day management of the office including the preparation and presentation of the annual budget.
Whatley is a renowned bailbondslady and the proprietor of ASAP Bail Bonds. Her official biography as the elected Chair of the Montgomery County Hospital District follows:
Ms. Whatley has served on the MCHD Board of Directors since 2004, including a term as Chairman. She is the owner of a small business located in Conroe.
Ms. Whatley earned an Accounting Degree from Sam Houston State University, where she graduated Cum Laude in 1985.
After working for Mitchell Energy for a number of years, she earned her teaching certification and taught elementary school for 15 years. After her teaching career, she decided to become a small business owner and real estate investor in 2000.
She lives in April Sound and has been a resident of Montgomery County since she was in high school. Ms. Whatley is proud of her two children, Stephanie and Geoffrey, who both currently attend Texas State University in San Marcos.
Callers will have the opportunity to speak directly with the host and with Holley and Whatley during the show by submitting questions on Facebook or calling 832.990.9170 during the live presentation.
The show will air from 12 noon to 1 p.m. today, Friday, July 16, and will continue with encore presentations throughout the weekend.
To watch the show, please go to MCPLive.TV on Facebook, or YouTube. To call in with a question, please call 832.990.9170 during the live presentation.
MCP.TV and MCPLive.TV are the brainchildren and the network, which the brilliant Bill Brenza, its President and Executive Producer, created. “It’s Hammer Time” airs live every Friday at noon.