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Complaint #3 against Judge Pratt

Greg Enos does not give up, y’all.

Judge Denise Pratt

With just days before early voting begins in the GOP primary, Webster family lawyer Greg Enos has filed a third criminal complaint against embattled family court Judge Denise Pratt with the Harris County District Attorney’s office.

The complaint, which details one of the 631 cases Pratt dismissed on Dec. 30 and Dec. 31, accuses the freshman Republican judge — who is seeking a second term this year — of backdating an order in open court. It includes sworn affidavits from a couple who say Pratt informed them that she was “backdating this order” and screenshots indicating Pratt signed the order at an April 25 hearing, but dated it March 5.

Enos’ second criminal complaint, filed last month, alleges that Pratt broke the law by purging hundreds of cases last month without giving prior notice to lawyers or their clients. His first complaint against the district court judge, filed in October, accuses her of backdating orders in two unrelated cases. That complaint led to the resignation of Pratt’s lead clerk and sparked an investigation by the DA’s office and a grand jury, which ultimately no-billed her.

Pratt, through her lawyer, blamed the backdating on her court clerks. Enos says it’s “totally different” this time.

“The last time was circumstantial. She was blaming the clerks,” he said. “If these two witnesses are willing to go into a grand jury and the (Harris County) District Clerk’s records back up what they say … I don’t know how she would not get indicted for this.”

See here for previous blogging on Judge Pratt. Houston Politics has a copy of the complaint and a few more details. This whole thing is just…wow. I can’t wait to see what happens next. Texpatriate has more.

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3 Comments

  1. Pratt Should Give UP! says:

    http://www.divorcereality.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Crazy-Pratt-order.pdf
    The District Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit is investigating another instance of Pratt tampering with a government record. In this case, the D.A. reached out and called the lawyers in to discuss the case without me even being involved. Pratt’s behavior in this case will seem bad to the general public but to family law attorneys, what Pratt did in this case is sure proof she is crazy and you will hardly be able to believe it. The parents and attorneys in this child custody modification case (no. 2007-28477) agreed to temporary orders which Pratt approved on a handwritten order on August 29, 2013. The typed temporary orders were submitted in September 2013 and months went by without Pratt signing them. Last month, after reading about Pratt’s “New Year’s Eve Massacre,” one attorney checked and to her horror discovered that Pratt had taken the temporary orders and scratched out “temporary” and handwritten “final” and initialed her change. Pratt also scratched out or removed all of the mother’s periods of possession except for “as agreed.” Insanely, Pratt also appointed an amicus attorney in this “final order.” Pratt made all of the changes to an agreed order that had been signed by the parties. Pratt made these changes and never notified the parties or attorneys. Pratt signed this “final” order on December 30, 2013, a day we all know she was very busy dismissing hundreds of cases. Perhaps this was another way for her to make her court statistics and case count look good. This situation is being investigated presumably as another instance of tampering with a government record.

  2. Robert S. Clark says:

    Charles – I certainly agree with you. KNOWLEDGE IS GOOD. Keep up the good work, and hopefully my fellow conservatives will see that this judge simply needs to go. Our families in Harris County just should not have to put up with the emotional and financial damage that Denise Pratt is causing. Thanks for a great blog and for keeping this issue in front of folks.

  3. Robert S. Clark says:

    Charles – I certainly agree with you. KNOWLEDGE IS GOOD. Keep up the good work, and hopefully my fellow conservatives will see that this judge simply needs to go. Our families in Harris County just should not have to put up with the emotional and financial damage that Denise Pratt is causing. Thanks for a great blog and for keeping this issue in front of folks.

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