Friday, November 14, 2003

Texas lawmaker Joe Nixon, who is to be honored today by the Texas Civil Justice League (TCJL), used a perk of his office to delay more Texas court cases than any other legislator, new Texans for Public Justice research reveals. Texas law allows lawmakers who are attorneys for cases in state courts to obtain “legislative continuances” that automatically postpone those cases for the period starting 30 days before a legislative session and ending 30 days after the session ends. The No. 1 "court clogger" is Houston Rep. Joe Nixon who accounted for 27 percent of all reported special-session continuances. “Justice delayed is justice denied,” said Texans for Public Justice Director Craig McDonald. “If the Civil Justice League must give this court clogger a civil-justice award, how about a bronzed bottle of Drano?” Read More