Legal Ethics

Tough-Guy DWI Prosecutor Is Himself Charged in Drunken-Driving Case

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Arrested late last Thursday and charged with driving while intoxicated, a longtime prosecutor in Galveston County, Texas, with a reputation for winning lengthy sentences in DWI cases will now get a chance to see the view from the defendant’s seat.

Lester Blizzard was suspended with pay by the outgoing district attorney and that suspension is being continued, without pay, by the new district attorney, Jack Roady, who took office Jan. 1, the Houston Chronicle reported.

“Lester Blizzard is among the finest prosecutors Galveston and Harris counties have ever known,” Blizzard’s lawyer, Chip Lewis, told the newspaper. “He has been an advocate for citizens of both counties for over 20 years. Judges, prosecutors and defense lawyers alike recognize what a valued public servant he has been over the years.”

A sheriff’s deputy was also arrested for DWI at approximately the same time and location as Blizzard, in what appears to have been a holiday checkpoint crackdown on drunken driving.

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