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Friends- As we enter into the Christmas Holidays, there are 8 to 10,000 souls in the Harris County Jail tonight. Not all these folks need to spend the Holidays locked up, behind bars, and away from their loved ones. A good number of souls are locked up and behind bars who should not be. Why do I say this?
Consider of those 8-10,000 souls, a number fit the following description:
It is wrong for the above-described presumptively innocent accused, to be denied PR bonds and kept in Jail; Particularly over the Holidays. For the most part they are in jail simply because they are too poor to hire a bondsman and judges lack either the heart, the wisdom or political courage to grant them PR Bonds.
If you know of someone who is in jail right now, and they fit the description I have given, email me at Rfickman@gmail.com . To be clear, I am not soliticiting cases. I will not represent anyone I am contacted about. I am soliticiting human stories. I want to know who the people are, who are being abused by this system. I want their stories to be told.I want to put a face on this inhumanity.
As we enter into this Holiday it might be worth reflecting on what our JudeoChristian Religions have taught us about how we should treat the poor. The present systematic denial of PR bonds to the Poor seems entirely inconsistent with our shared religious upbringings:
Deut 15:11 “There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.”
Isiah 10:1-3 “Woe to those who enact evil statutes, and to those who continually record unjust decisions, so as to deprive the needy of justice, and rob the poor of my people of their rights…
Ezek. 22:29,31″The People of the Land have practiced oppression and committed robbery, and they have wronged the poor and the needy and have oppressed the sojourner without justice…Thus I have poured out My indignation on Them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath;their way I have brought upon their heads,” declares the Lord God.
Proverbs 21:13 “If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.”
Proverbs 29:7 ” The righteous care about Justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.”
Job 29:12 ” I rescued the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to assist them.”
Matthew 5:3 ” Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is kingdom of heaven”
Matthew 25:41-45 When Jesus comes to the Earth and judges between the sheep and the goats, “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ They also will answer, ‘ Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ He will reply, ‘ I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least amoung you, you did not do for me”
First John 3:17 “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can God be in him?”
Jesus Christ said, If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in Heaven .
As we enter the Holidays, perhaps some of our Judiciary, will look to their own faith and find a renewed commitment to take men one at a time. Perhaps the poor will find a leader among the Judges who will show the others the way.
Robb Fickman, Houston
The client believed to be facing potential Wire Fraud Charges related to SBA PPP loan applications. Investigation of applications for PPP loans and PPP forgiveness demonstrated that the Client had at all times acted in a lawful manner. Investigation demonstrated no fraud was committed by the client. Case closed.
Client was charged by Federal Indictment with making a social media post that threatened Malicious Damage and Destruction of a Building by Means of Fire and Explosives in violation of Federal law. The Defense showed that Client was a law-abiding citizen. The Defense further showed that the alleged threat was not made with any criminal intent.
The client, a public official with a long history of public service, was accused by a former girlfriend of engaging in non-consensual sexual relations. The Defense investigation and analysis showed through a detailed timeline that the allegation made absolutely no sense. Phone records, including calls and texts, were relied on to help establish an accurate timeline. The Defense met with law enforcement and reviewed a detailed package that exonerated the accused.
Client, a Houston area professional who frequently travels for work, was accused by his wife of assaulting her in his family home. Defense showed that wife’s story lacked credibility and there was no physical evidence in support of the wife’s allegation.
The client, a young Black male, was driving his car when police pulled him over for no apparent reason. It looked to be a profile stop. The client was accused of possessing a controlled substance in his vehicle. The Defense showed that there was no lawful basis for the police to stop the Client’s car. The Defense also showed that there was no lawful basis for the search of the Client’s car. It was a bad search, so the seized evidence was not admissible.
Client charged in Federal Indictment In “Operation Wrecking Ball” with 55 named co-defendants. Client faced seven charges. Client was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine and Conspiracy to Engage in Money Laundering. Client was also charged with four counts of Distribution of Cocaine and one count of Money laundering.
Allegations involved client’s alleged use of his home to distribute cocaine. Government’s lengthy investigation involved numerous wiretaps, surveillance, video, pole cams, search warrants, vehicle stops and use of cooperating co-defendants.
Client went to trial with four remaining defendants. After a two-week trial, Judge granted Motion for Acquittal on four of the seven charges. Jury found Client Not Guilty of remaining three charges.
Client charged in Federal Court with two counts of Wire Fraud related to Five SBA EIDL loan applications. The Government alleged the client, a Houston professional, defrauded the Small Business Administration out of over $150,000. The Government also found the intended loss was over half a million dollars. The Client faced up to 20 years in prison on each count. The Defense investigated the case and negotiated a deal that included the Government not opposing a probation. The Federal Guideline calculation was for a prison sentence and the Probation Department recommended a prison sentence. Attorney Fickman submitted a 90 page Defense Sentencing Memorandum asking for Probation.
Client was retired professional. Client was accused of being involved in a road rage incident in 1960 Area. Defense put together a 100 page memorandum that demonstrated complainant was actual aggressor.
Client was accused of touching child. Case involved thousands of pages of psychiatric and Child Protective Services records as well as investigations by multiple police departments. After three- year fight, case dismissed.
Client accused of shoving and knocking down family member causing injury. After investigation, charges were dismissed.
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