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CLEAT endorses McLennan County Sheriff McNamara for re-election

February 3, 2016 • Around the State

Charley Wilkison delivers the endorsement for McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara.

Charley Wilkison delivers the endorsement for McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara.

WACO — McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara won CLEAT’s endorsement for re-election Feb. 3 for his commitment to law enforcement and his efforts to resist privatization of duties best performed by sworn officers and deputies.

“Sheriff McNamara is good for McLennan County and he is good for law enforcement,” CLEAT Executive Director Charley Wilkison told the incumbent’s supporters who rallied outside the courthouse on behalf of the sheriff.  Continue Reading »

CLEAT gets unjust suspension overturned for Harris County officer

January 25, 2016 • Law Review

Travis Lutze and Bob Thomas

Travis Lutze and Bob Thomas

In early January, CLEAT was successful in representing Harris County Detention Officer Travis Lutze  in an appeal of a five-day suspension without pay.

After a Sheriff’s appeal hearing, the five-day suspension was reduced to a non-disciplinary letter of reprimand  and the five days’ pay was reimbursed.

CLEAT Staff Attorney Bob Thomas represented Officer Lutze.

CLEAT leadership demands parole of cop killer be denied

January 15, 2016 • Around the State

In a letter to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, CLEAT President Todd Harrison and Executive Director Charley Wilkison requested that the parole of  Fort Worth cop killer Samuel Lee Hillburn be denied.

Fort Worth Officer Dwayne Freeto was assisting a stranded motorist with a flat tire at 3:50 a.m. on Dec. 17, 2006. His patrol car was struck from behind by the inmate’s vehicle, causing it to burst into flames and trapping Officer Freeto inside.  At the time of the accident, inmate #06809804 had a blood alcohol content of over twice the legal limit. Continue Reading »