Details are sketchy now but former Houston U-S attorney Michael Shelby has died. The cause of death is unknown. However, investigators say Shelby may have taken his own life with a self inflicted gunshot wound. Shelby was battling cancer. Here’s the release when he originally left the U-S attorney’s office:

At an early morning meeting attended by almost 300 employees from each of the six offices of the Southern District of Texas, United States Attorney Michael Shelby announced his resignation as the chief law enforcement officer for the Southern District of Texas effective June 11, 2005. Mr. Shelby has served as the United States Attorney for this District since December 2001. Although no definite plans have been announced, Mr. Shelby is expected to enter the private practice of law in the Houston area.

Citing his oft repeated admonition to all United States Attorney’s Office employees to “remember what is most important,” Mr. Shelby told the assembly that he was following his own advise to ensure the educational and financial futures of his wife and two daughters.

“I believe in what we do. I have a strong sense of obligation to the President, Attorney General Gonzales, and the people of this District,” Shelby told the group. “But I also have an obligation to my wife and children that I can no longer put aside.”

Michael Shelby, a graduate of Texas A & M University and the University of Texas School of Law, has a long and distinguished career as a prosecutor. Over the course of the last twenty years, Mr. Shelby has served the citizens of Harris County as an Assistant District Attorney, and the Southern District of Texas and the District of Arizona as an Assistant United States Attorney. In December 2001, Mr. Shelby was appointed by the President George W. Bush to serve as the United States Attorney for the seventh largest district in the country.


  1. Anonymous July 19, 2006 4:54 pm 

    He was a very skilled and dedicated professional, and those who knew him will tell you how kind and caring he was. Few knew about his painful struggle with cancer… He will be missed.

  2. Anonymous July 19, 2006 10:57 pm 


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