Thursday, December 21, 2006
Dallas Judge Keith Dean, the man who sentenced Tyrone Brown to life in prison after violating his parole for the first time by testing positive for marijuana, is now pressing the Texas parole board to free Brown after 14 years in prison. Judge Dean sentenced Brown to life in jail despite his own written guidelines that call for counseling for the first time failure of a drug test while on probation (though otherwise, there are no restrictions on the punishments Texas judges can impose for parole violations.) So far the judge has yet to explain why he resorted to such a harsh punishment, perhaps out of unwillingness to admit that he is either a racist, a cruel and bitter man, or simply an incompetent. At least he's now doing the right thing in calling for Mr. Brown's release.