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Judge Jaclanel McFarland of Houston; scofflaw, ethical gremlin

 

Judge Jaclanel McFarland sits on the 133rd District Family Court in Houston. Unfortunately, Judge Jaclanel McFararland succeeded in duping the voters of Harris County (Houston) into electing to a judgsehip in November 2008.
 
Texas Election laws prohibit the use of campaign funds for personal use. Put simply, campaign funds can only be spent on legitimate official officeholder duties and/or for lawful and recognized campaign purposes.
 
It appears that Judge Jaclanel McFarland is intellectually incapable of understanding these prohibitions despite the fact that he’s been a lawyer for over thirty years. One would like to think that Judge Jaclanel McFarland would have by this time developed the mental capacity to comprehend such simple terms.
 
Below are expenditures that Judge Jaclanel McFarland made with campaign funds, all of which in my opinion are clearly illegal.
  • CRACKER BARREL, 20090416, $70.91, COFFEE CUPS FOR JURY ROOM
  • Garden Ridge, 20090620, $141.56, glasess and clocks for court offices/jury
  • SAN JACINTO MUSEUM/GIFT SHOP, 20090404, $64.65, DECORATIONS FOR JURY ROOM
  • SHELL, LULING, 20090330, $211.07, FRAMED ART WORK FOR LAW LIBRARY
  • SHELL, MADSONVILLE, 20090516, $109.74, PAINTING FOR WOMEN'S RESTROOM
  • SHELL, 20090624, $75.75, TEXAS WILDFLOWER THROW AND PILLOW FOR CHAMBERS
  • THE ALAMO, 20090331, $139.65, WALL DECORATIONS FOR THE JURY ROOM AND CHAMBERS
It would be difficult to imagine that judges sitting in the Family Court in Houston are required to provide (a) paintings for the women’s restroom, (b) wall decorations for the jury room, (c) art work for the court’s law library and/or clocks for the court and jury room.
 
How could any of these purchases possibly relate to the official officeholder duties of Judge Jaclanel McFarland? It is patently clear that Judge Jaclanel McFarland made a personal choice in making these expenditures; therefore he knowingly violated Texas Campaign Laws in so acting.
 
What’s next for Judge Jaclanel McFarland? Will he determine that it is his official duty to provide the restrooms in the courthouse with toilet paper? If so, maybe he should consider having them printed with the term “Equal Justice Regardless of Gender,” which I imagine would engender a few guffaws from  the litigants appearing at the courthouse.
 
And if that doesn’t suit Judge Jaclanel McFarland and his cohorts on the Family Court bench in Houston in regards to the litigants appearing before them, then maybe they could pool their funds and equip the restrooms with the toilet paper pictured to the right. Hmmm, maybe that’d straighten out some of the ingrates involved in custody disputes to sing a different tune if ya know what I mean.
 

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