Power Top Ten #4: Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon

Power Top Ten #4: Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon

Image: From left to right, Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon, State Senator Brandon Creighton of Conroe, Montgomery County Sheriff Rand Henderson, State Representative Will Metcalf of Conroe, and Precinct 1 Montgomery County Constable Phillip Cash.

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports

Conroe, December 21 – Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon is the fourth most powerful person in Montgomery County and is The Golden Hammer‘s Power Top Ten #4. Ligon is a no-nonsense prosecutor. He’s treated the unconstitutional mandates during the Chinese Coronavirus with the care a believer in the Texas and United States Constitutions would appropriately give those mandates by ignoring them completely.

The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, continues the tradition of listing the Power Top Ten, the ten most powerful people in Montgomery County. The Power Top Ten doesn’t commemorate the ten best people in Montgomery County necessarily, but the most powerful people who are actually able to accomplish political or policy goals. In other words, he or she can get things done in Montgomery County. 

So far, The Golden Hammer has named six other people in the Power Top Ten:

#5 Montgomery County Sheriff Rand Henderson

#6 Conroe Independent School District Superintendent Curtis Null

#7 Montgomery County Judge Judge Chief of Staff Jason Millsaps

#8 Conroe Mayor Jody Czajkoski, Conroe First Lady Nicole Czajkoski, and Quadvest President Simon Sequeira

#9, Woodlands Township Chairman Gordy Bunch.

#10, Conservative Republican activist Ginger Russell.

#4: Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon

This newspaper asked Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon late last week to name his top three accomplishments during the very challenging year of 2020.

Here’s how Ligon responded:

“The top 3 accomplishments of 2020 that I feel most strongly about revolve around services to victims and keeping the public safe without fear or favor to any defendant.  Most recently a two year prosecution culminated in a 10 year sentence for defrocked priest Manuel La-Rosa Lopez.  The archdiocese of Galveston Houston threw everything they had into defending La-Rosa Lopez against allegations that he had sexually abused multiple victims through his role as a priest. His imprisonment is symbolic for every victim of violence and sexual assault many of whom never tell their stories, or their perpetrators never face justice.

“Secondly, working with all the criminal justice stake holders to quickly transition to remote dockets and hearings in order to keep the court operating [during the Chinese Coronavirus pandemic].   We focused on community safety and continued to work and resolve cases focusing on those that do harm to our community from predators, pedophiles and habitual offenders through pro active ICAC [Internet Crimes Against Children] investigations, on-scene response to every murder, and all crimes where alcohol or drugs were suspected of causing death or serious bodily injury.

“Lastly, it was less covered but perhaps had the greatest impact on criminal justice issues in the county.  It was clear early on that the executive orders issued by the governor concerning criminal sanctions were unenforceable.  Many of the executive orders were hastily drawn and were poorly drafted for consideration of enforcement of any criminal  culpability.  Sheriff Henderson and I agreed that this was indeed a public health crisis, but it shouldn’t be turned into a public safety crisis where officers would be forced to enforce criminal penalties.  We advised all law enforcement agencies that we would not accept criminal charges for any face mask violations nor would we charge anyone with other criminal conduct as proscribed by executive orders.  To date not a single person has been charged with conduct stemming from the governors executive order.

“Our job is to hit hard but fair blows in keeping our community safe.  Sending an armed officer with cuffs and paramilitary training to respond to a call concerning someone not wearing a face mask is a clear over-reach of law enforcement’s mandate.  Our jail in Montgomery County continued to be occupied with over 90 % of those in jail for either felony convictions or awaiting disposition of a felony matter.  That helps to keep our community safe.”

Those thoughts come from a law enforcement leader who clearly understands how to get things done and to make those things happen in a fair and thoughtful manner.

 

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