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‘Hit mail’ tactics misleading at best - The Galveston County Daily News : Letters To Editor

November 27, 2014

‘Hit mail’ tactics misleading at best

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Posted: Saturday, March 1, 2014 12:00 am

The “hit mail” against Patricia Grady, which landed in mailboxes Feb. 24, was misleading and probably illegal.

First, an indictment against Manuel Gutierrez appeared under accusations that Grady defended “the worst of the worst” and helped “violent criminals.” A probable cause statement on file with the Harris County District Clerk shows that Gutierrez, at age 17, had contact with a 13-year-old girl, who said he “did not force her.”

Grady was the first attorney for Gutierrez, but she withdrew from the case.

Second, Grady represented Rodolfo Garza because she was appointed to do so.

Grady also withdrew from representing Garza, citing an irreconcilable conflict, which, due to attorney-client privilege, was not disclosed. Grady handled it the right way.

Third, the mail piece does not disclose the actual people behind it.

The alleged payer, “Conservative Republicans of Galveston County PAC,” has not filed a treasurer designation with the Texas Ethics Commission.

Nor did any such committee file an expenditure report. Both filings were due Feb. 24 (not just mailed) for any transactions through March 1. Surely someone paid for this mail-out before Saturday.