Joe Kendall and water pitcher drip

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Judge, I moved into your old chambers in the district bench, and when you went on up I think to the Court of Appeals I got back over on the side of the hall with the holdover cells. And there’s only one thing I found in the medicine cabinet, and that was a can of hair spray and a comb. And then when I moved over on the appellate bench, I inherited an office and went in. And I said, “Whose office did this used to be?” They said, “It used to be Judge Vance’s.” I went in there, and in the medicine cabinet was a can of hair spray and a comb. So I left it for Judge O’Neill when I left, if you care to go back over there and get that.

You know, back one time I had a chief prosecutor that was a pretty good prosecutor by the name of Martin LeNoir. And we got some new courts, and Judge Gerry Meier and a couple others — Keasler I think went on at the same time. And Judge Vance wanted the new judges to have more experienced prosecutors. So he took LeNoir away from me and gave me Cathy Crier instead, so that wasn’t too bad a trade. In return for that, I had to move to number three. And I had heard of this young misdemeanor prosecutor name Joe Kendall. So I asked that Joe Kendall be sent to my court. And he came in there, and he’s making one of his first arguments and he’s doing the historical I guess we all learned from the Henry Wade days on of the sweeping finger pointing to the defendant. And Joe managed to hit a water pitcher that was on the bench, and it turned over of course and went everywhere. He said, “Judge, let me get that.” And I said, “No. Go on with your argument.” And Kendall had to sit there and continue his argument with that water going drip, drip, drip, drip down to the floor.

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