THE ISNITE’S ORIGINAL POST ABOUT ELLIOTT: http://carey2.blogspot.com/2007/05/shocked-at-fort-bend-county-assistant.html
A former Fort Bend County prosecutor claims he was fired Friday to give his boss a better shot at winning re-election, but District Attorney John Healey said Mike Elliott was dismissed for “performance issues.”
Healey confirmed Saturday that he terminated Elliott, who headed the office’s economic crimes division.
He declined to elaborate.
“I have a habit of not discussing personnel matters,” Healey said.
Elliott said the dismissal was politically motivated.
“He is trying to use me as a scapegoat,” Elliott said Saturday. “He doesn’t want to take responsibility for his own actions,”
Healey, who intends to run for re-election, said that the firing may actually provoke competition in next year’s Republican primary.
“As a matter of fact, I don’t think he would have run against me had I kept him in the office,” Healey said.
Elliott, who was hired in 1992 by a previous district attorney, made headlines a decade ago for his domestic violence prosecution of former Houston Oiler Warren Moon, who was acquitted.
More recently, he pursued criminal charges against Fulshear Mayor James W. Roberts. The charges were dismissed.
Former employees of Holden Roofing, owned by Brett Holden, sued Elliott and Holden in federal court last year accusing them of conspiring to pursue unfounded criminal indictments and a groundless civil case against the workers. The lawsuit contends that Elliott pursued a malicious prosecution against them because of his friendship with Holden, who also made political contributions to Elliott’s wife, Fort Bend District Clerk Annie Rebecca Elliott.
Mike Elliott has denied the lawsuit’s allegations.
Elliott said he was fired minutes after a man he prosecuted for intoxication manslaughter received the maximum 20-year sentence.
But he doesn’t have a copy of the termination letter, he said, because it was taped under a glass table top.
“(Healey) asked me to slide the books over and see if I could read what was under the books through the glass,” Elliott said.
The letter stated that he was “overzealous,” he said.
Elliott, who was led away from the courthouse by deputies, said his legal career will continue in private practice while he weighs other options.
“I had told him that while I was under his employment, I wouldn’t run against him,” Elliott said, “but I’m very strongly considering what many, many people are asking me to do — which is run for district attorney.”
Fort Bend’s new economic crimes division chief is Scott Carpenter, a former Harris County prosecutor.