Despite Grimes County’s peaceful appearance, people do live here; so it must contend with increasing crime. And as the District Attorney explains, mounting caseloads are forcing some victims and accused to have to wait awhile for justice.
DA Tuck McLain says county Judge Ben Leman occasionally sits as a presiding judge, but he has many other duties that prevent him from exercising his full judicial role. And even if he could, the da says it still wouldn’t be sufficient to clear the back-log of cases that has been developed over the past many years.
If Grimes had a full-time County Court Judge, McLain asserts, that would help expedite these cases, both giving victims speedy justice and innocent suspects a swift chance to clear their names.
For Grimes to have its own County Court Judge, he says the position would need to be funded by the County and approved by the state. So if you think it would be worthwhile, McLain recommends speaking to your elected officials as a good first step.