Backdating probe

District Clerk Chris Daniel said he looked into two of the six cases Enos included in his complaint, which led to the resignation on Monday of Pratt's lead clerk, a well-liked, 25-year employee of the District Clerk's office.

"The only times I've had actual cases in Judge Pratt's court, my clients have won, so I'm not disgruntled against her personally, but I'm just upset by what I see happening," the attorney said.Last month, he resigned from the bench and pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors in exchange for two years of probation. If the allegations hold up, though, the Harris County Republican Party may ask Pratt to step aside, said Chairman Jared Woodfill, who is convening an advisory board to review Enos' complaint.Blakemore said Pratt intends to run for a second term and already has begun campaigning. The last time the board convened was in 2006 to review allegations against former Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal, who eventually decided not to run."The legal system produces winners and losers," the statement says. Often the easiest person to blame for an unwanted outcome is the judge." The statement, which says an unnamed lawyer "has already been forced to recant some of his claims and has even offered an apology," goes on to say that "there are hundreds of attorneys who appear in this court who are satisfied" and that Pratt "looks forward to a speedy resolution of this criticism from one unhappy lawyer." Blakemore confirmed the statement is referring to Enos.While the mis-marking and backdating of renditions and other documents are the crux of Enos' complaint, it also says Pratt "takes months to make rulings in contested cases" when most family court judges do so immediately or within a few days.

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