Early Texas Judges: Crazy Deals and Crazy Cases
by Justice Ken Wise
The Heritage Society Tea Room
Free for members, $5 for non-members
The November lecturer is Appeals Court Justice and Texas history podcaster, Ken Wise. Among the characters to be explored are Thomas Jefferson Chambers and his questionable land speculations, as well as his stealing Supreme Court records to keep from losing a case. Judge B.C. Franklin was the messenger to Interim President David G. Burnet from San Jacinto after the battle and was also the first judge to hold court in Houston for the newly formed Republic of Texas. But he also presided over a semi-secret court to dispose of a captured American ship at the end of the Texas Revolution. Justice Wise will speak a bit about our courthouse square and other early cases in Houston.