Part one, by Richard Pegues
Monday May 21st parking was scarce around the Liberty County courthouse. The 75th District Court and the County Court-at-Law were both choosing juries and the hallways were wall to wall people a little before 8:30 AM.
It took a few hours to choose two juries for Judge Morefield’s court and I was not chosen, but the whole day was worth it because of one juror – juror number sixteen. When juror number sixteen was asked a question, he did not hold back how he felt about his experience with the courts in Liberty County and he confirmed what Liberty Dispatch has said all along.
Assistant District Attorney Logan Pickett did not make the morning without having to ask his boss, D.A. Mike Little to come help him at the bench, but he did ask the question that set off juror number sixteen. Juror number sixteen responded in reference to Pickett questioning the jury pool about whether they could be fair and balanced and wait until they hear the evidence before deliberating the case at hand, and whether they could give up to a twenty year sentence for burglary of a habitat.
“I would have a problem with that. If you consider that Liberty County has sentenced someone to only five years for murder, I would find it very difficult to sentence someone to twenty years for this crime”, Juror 16 said in a loud clear voice that carried through the high ceilings of the 75th District Court. Juror 16 looked Logan Pickett in the face and continued, “I think a lot of us have come to realize that our justice in Liberty County is much easier on the rich and powerful and much harder on those not so fortunate.”
It is not known if he knew he was addressing a member of perhaps the most controversial family for this very thing. But his next comment was piercing and could be considered to be aimed partially at Pickett and completely at Pickett’s boss, current DA Mike Little. Juror 16 told us about a case where the accused was told it didn’t matter whether they were convicted or not the decisions made by the D.A.’s office could hold that person under the gun for years.
Here a side note and example also- of one innocent Liberty Dispatch contributor that has been vindictively and selectively prosecuted and held under the gun (oppressed) for years by Mike Little and has been recently forced to file bankruptcy. Juror 16's words litterally shook the very foundation of the Liberty County Courthouse.
Assistant District Attorney Logan Pickett changed the topic and moved on to other potential jurors. The race to get him before juries and write stories about his success must not have impressed Juror 16. He got the final word on the subject. And the final word was just what Liberty Dispatch has been saying all along...