Taxpayers are furious that former convicted Assistant District Attorney Don Bankston will be sworn in as newly chosen Associate Judge for 268th District Court Judge O’Neal Williams in Fort Bend County.
In November of 1984, Bankston was indicted by a grand jury on two felony counts. First felony count was theft by a public servant which carried a penalty of a 2-20 year prison sentence if found guilty. Second felony count was misapplication of fiduciary property which carried a 2-10 year prison sentence if found guilty.
Read the case for yourself online at www.fortbendcountytx.gov, then click on “I want to search for court records.” Then click on “criminal case records” and click on “Search by case.” This is the case number: 84-DCR-015186.
The district attorney at the time turned the investigation over to the Prosecutor’s Council, in which a full investigation was done. Seven individuals testified before a grand jury and a two-count indictment was handed down. Bankston was even allowed to listen to the audio recording of the hearing!
In typical form, this case drags on until July 1987, where visiting State Judge Allen Stilley dismisses the original theft indictment and transfers Bankston’s $1,000 bond to the new two-count indictment. Grand jury re-indicted Bankston on same felony charges which carried the same penalty if found guilty. (Case#84-DCR-015186A.)
In an agreement to preserve Bankston’s law license so he could continue to practice law, Bankston pleaded guilty on Sept. 21, 1987, to a reduced charge of recklessly misapplying funds and received six months probation.
Special prosecutor Jim Leitner handled the nearly three-year-old case and told state district Judge Stilley in a motion that the misdemeanor charge was all he would be able to prove to a jury.
So let’s fast forward to what is happening now. Bankston is a convicted criminal regardless of the plea deal.
Why would he be allowed to adjudicate any case? Why would taxpayers pay one red cent to Bankston? He pleaded guilty to being a thief. Now we want him in charge of cases? Why?
The whole thing is dirty, good ol‘ boy play.
Editor's Note: Mr. Bankston pleaded guilty to misapplying fiduciary funds and was offered deferred adjudication probation, in which judgement was deferred to later, if ever. He successfully completed his probation and he was not judged and therefore cannot be considered a convicted criminal.