This is the sort of thing that happens when you elect Democrats.
Here’s something relatively new: A Harris County polluter is going to jail.
Vince Ryan, the new Harris County Attorney, has decided to make pollution a priority, and he went after the owner of a northside auto-parts salvage company that had been dragging its legs on cleaning up and paying fines.
He convinced district judge Tony Lindsay that the polluter was in contempt of a court order mandating clean-up, and so Luis Ortiz will now be spending five days in jail.
It’s been about 10 years since that’s happened, the office announced.
Harris County Special Counsel Terry O’Rourke tells Hair Balls — who forgot to ask if he still goes by the nickname “El Tigre” — that the move was designed to put a scare into other polluters.
“In the 21st century there hasn’t been anyone sent to jail by the Harris County Attorney’s office because of pollution,” he says. “We plan to send a lot more, to send a message.”
What a concept, eh? I say go get ‘em, Vince and El Tigre.