Get your popcorn popper fired up.
Jury selection begins this morning in the trial of Harris County Commissioner Jerry Eversole, who stands accused of accepting bribes from a friend and developer to whom he allegedly steered county contracts and appointments.
The trial, which Eversole demanded start as early as possible after his Dec. 21 indictment, could mark the beginning of the end of a more than three-year corruption investigation that has worn on the six-term commissioner and saddled him with scandal.
Or it could be the start of a lengthy legal battle, with up to 21 years in prison, $700,000 in fines and his political office at stake.
“These next five weeks are going to be very, very difficult, but I feel wonderful, I really do,” Eversole said. “My wife and I are optimistic. The main thing is, it’s started, and it’s going be over. This has been four years of our lives.”
Well, that’s one way of looking at it. The trial is starting a little later than we originally thought it would, but it is now officially on. Anyone want to take a guess as to what will happen? Swamplot has more.