‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house,
Lawyers complain of D’Metria, a known louse.
She uses her color as a sword and a shield,
She’s the argument for judicial reform that lawyer’s wield.
Multiple candidates of color in Dallas abound,
In the CCL Primary they simply could not be found.
Some say she is bad side of affirmative action,
But be prepared for the racist claimant faction.
She ran as the only Democrat,
Republican opposition fell thuddingly flat.
Straight ticket party voting, voted her in.
Four fund raisers propelled her on to a win.
Battle Ground Texas’ claims were left in tatters,
They can claim this one win – a lasting disgrace that matters.
Political advisor claims of candidates with integrity and the temperament to Judge,
Can now be amended with this permanent smudge.*
The summer passed with a shocking internet display,
Someone dared to caricature D’Metria in an offensive way!
The Supremes had ruled the Benson affidavit a sham,
We were supposed to ignore this? “Oh, Yes Ma’am.”
Heated phone calls were made, complaints were lodged,
Candidates were outraged, and blame was dodged!
Oh, this must be racial in motivation,
Was D’Metria’s specious and rehearsed narration.
The Fourth of July passed with candidates on vacations!
D’Metria’s was paid for with attorney donations.
Websites in offense to D’Metria were repeatedly hacked,
Criticism MUST BE SILENCED or attacked.
This ridicule must stop, it’s unsightly – unseemly,
Our law firm is portrayed much too extremely,
We know she’s a judicial disgrace and a shame,
But we are entitled to play the donation game.
Law firms with specialties of campaign finance law,
Were retained for D’Metria to give her a call,
When websites changed, or matters grew worse,
During business hours they often conversed.
They should have cautioned on campaign finance filings,
But internet sleuthing was much more beguiling!
Some law firms gave early, some attorneys gave often,
In hopes wacky rulings they would be able to soften.
Perhaps she would be more prone to at least timely rule,
And Mandamus would not be an indispensable tool.
None dug deeper in to D’Metria’s personal conduct,
No one looked further in her Henderson County attempts to obstruct,
Obstruct integrity, ethics and pervert the law,
“I have no recollection,” was her sworn flaw.
If matters get tight for your client with that which is true,
In CCL 1, “I have no recollection,” should work for you!
If you find yourself in D’Metria’s County Court,
“Possession is nine-tenths of the law,” was her legal retort.
Try that theory on her or her Plea to Jurisdiction,
The Motion to Transfer Venue she used might receive benediction.
Did she copy those filings from a case in her Court?
Were those motions she denied – for which she NOW sought support?
Fellow Judge Lorraine Raggio stepped up to the plate,
D’Metria’s a RIGHTEOUS WOMAN she proclaimed, a bit late.
Two judges are better than one, they believed,
In Henderson County the Judicial Team was not well received.
With four demands for attorney contributions,
D’Metria raised almost $200K for retribution.
Her coffers were full she continued to spend!
To Santa Fe, to Lost Pines to air fare no end.
She purchased expensive gifts and office décor,
She continued to ask for more and more!
Luncheon at Neimans and thousands for wine,
Fund raising expenses, and lovely places to dine!
Her campaign reports were faulty and incomplete,
Campaign finance compliance she did not meet.
A mere triviality, there was money to raise,
Attorneys to fleece for financial praise!
There was the pesky William Wolf’s Third Mandamae to dodge,
Judicial Polls were unfair was the complaint she would lodge.
Fellow judges complain mostly in quiet halls,
In secret murmurings and untracable squalls.
D’Metria won and she’s flying high!
Once again attorneys can turn a blind eye.
On Vinson & Elkins; On Haynes and Boone;
They hope that D’Metria will be dancin’ their tune!
On Baron & Budd and Mr. Van Shaw.
They know the judge – AND they know the law!
Well, except for those Mandamae and those silly Appeals,
Where the Fifth reversed and rendered, “Uhm, no deal.”
On Domingo Garcia and Melodeee Armstrong,
To D’Metria’s Super Donor Club they truly belong!
On Miller & Weisbrod and mediators GALORE!
With D’Metria they hope for an excellent rapport!
Then there’s Ben Abbott, a good friend, indeed!
You never know when you might have a need.
Frank Branson’s a guy who always comes through,
Does he have so much money he does not know what to do?
But they’ve got her deference, they’ve walked through the door,
They can avoid her creepy demeanor, most just abhor.
Those whose unpaid D’Metria dues have accrued,
You must take your chances and possibly be screwed,
D’Metria’s bias, her ignorance, her incompetence,
Her perversion of the law will make you wince.
Remember her most favored can be associated for a rate,
They claim her incompetence and wrath may abate.
“For whatever reason we do well in D’Metria’s Court,”
Associate us and she may not sell you short!
Cottage industry law firms, curry her favor,
They claim return on investment that does not waiver.
So if you find yourself on the end of unconstitutional rulings,
And you find her spiteful, vengeful, bias grueling,
Find a D’Metria Club member to carry your case,
At least your client will not end in disgrace.
But watch for the Appellate, they have her number,
Your trial court win, they may ultimately encumber,
With a TAKE NOTHING ruling and attorney’s fees,
You will have taken a hard fall from the D’Metria trapeze.
The Illustrated Children’s Cautionary Tale: D’Metria, the Vedy Vedy Bad Judge will be presented at story teller conferences nationwide!
Copies will be available here.
Integrity Experience and the Temperment to JUDGE? Laughable Claim.
*Democracy Toolbox claims they promote candidates who have “integrity, experience and the proper temperament to be a Judge.” Hmmmmmmmmmmmm. In this issue no one has budged.
But hey, there was that additional money to be made!
Management fees could be added, and voters swayed!
Expenses could be obscured with these vague management fees,
Extra funds can be obtained, when you represent a sleaze!
Rulings could be downplayed or made obscure,
Management services would help to detour,
Detour the obvious, known D’Metria reputation,
Gloss that over with the fact she had the nomination.
Yes, indeedy, straight ticket party voting gave us D’Metria,
They got their money, in four years they will again see ya!
How many fund raisers will we have then?
Will we go from four to eight, maybe ten?
For now, everyone else is left to deal with the sloth,
The Nightmare of D’Metria and the pain she has wrought.
The typical expense was in the $5,333 range. This additional expense was RECORDED on a STATED date very close in time to the Supreme Court decision on the Benson Affidavit. There is no real indication of when these expenses were incurred to to whom payment was actually made, i.e. law firms that specialize in specific areas ? Internet firms? No indication at all. Just the term, “Management Services.” Management of what? In comparison to other judicial candidate expense this stands out as unique and ‘extra.’ See more on D’Metria’s inabilibty to comply with Campaign Finance Reporting Guidelines below and here as well.
4. DATE: Enter the date the expenditure was made. The date of an expenditure is not necessarily the date goods or services are received. It is the date on which the obligation to make a payment is incurred, as long as the amount of the payment is “readily determinable”. Generally, the amount of an expenditure is known (and therefore readily determinable) when the obligation is incurred, but in some cases the amount is not known until the receipt of a bill. An amount is readily determinable if the vendor can provide the amount at the filer’s request.
Example: On June 29th, a filer orders political signs. On July 16th, the filer receives the invoice for the signs. The date of the expenditure is June 29th if on that date the vendor can provide the amount the filer will owe the vendor for the signs. Filers should request a vendor to provide the amount of an obligation at the time the obligation is incurred.
Example: Filers will generally not know the cost of a long-distance telephone call until receipt of a monthly (periodic) bill. In that case, the date the expenditure for the telephone call would be the date the bill was received.
Glossary for D’Metria
There are some ‘hard’ words and complex concepts in this poem. A Glossary has been provided for D’Metria.
2. Having a deceptive attraction or allure
3. Having a false look of truth or genuineness such as “Specious Reasoning.
1. To make use of meanly or unfairly for one’s own advantage
1. The state of being the case : fact
2. The property (as of a statement) of being in accord with fact or reality
3. The body of real things, events, and facts : actuality
4. The judgment, proposition, or idea that is true or accepted as true
1. To block or close up by an obstacle
2. To hinder from passage, action, or operation : impede
3. To cut off from sight
1. To find fault
2. To hold responsible
3. To place responsibility on another
1. A drawing that makes someone look funny or foolish because some part of the person’s appearance is exaggerated
2. Someone or something that is very exaggerated in a funny or foolish way
1. Writ issued by a superior court commanding the performance of a specified official act or duty