Letters to the Editor 01/13/16
RED LIGHT UPDATE
The State Bar of Texas has responded to the Houston Coalition Against Red Light Cameras’ complaint against the actions of the Texas based law firm of Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLC.
This complaint documents unfair collection notices sent by this law firm on behalf of the Sugar Land Police Department which administers the red light program and collects the fines – largely for its own account.
We believe that Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson’s language is impeachable as it is obvious that the firm has colluded with the City of Sugar Land to hide the fact that payment of a red light camera fine by local residents is voluntary.
There is absolutely no effective penalty for nonpayment of these fines in Fort Bend County or many other counties throughout the state. This includes the adjacent counties of Waller, Austin, and Harris.
In dismissing our grievance, the Bar has concluded that the conduct we described is not in violation of its Rules of Professional Conduct. Apparently, in Texas law firms are allowed to assist many local jurisdictions in deceiving the public as to the truly voluntary nature of paying a red light camera fine.
We believe language in this law firm’s collection demands is extortionate, unlawful, and preys upon the uninformed. It is not the proper way to enforce the red light law.
— Helwig F.
Van Der Grinten
H-TOWN: TAKEOVER HAS DEEP FORT BEND ROOTS
Why would anyone want to leave!? Houston is one of the best cities in the world, and parents can attend games and support their children.
Missouri City Police Sgt. Daryl Smith accused Precinct 2 Constable Ruben Davis of pulling a gun on him during the 2012 Precinct 2 Constable Democratic Primary, which Davis won. City of Houston Police officers were called to the scene, but didn’t find any wrongdoing. A Star article printed last month erroneously stated that Davis – not Smith – made the accusation. The two candidates will meet in the 2016 Democratic Party on March 1.