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And another joins the Texas Prosecutors Society


By Rob Kepple
Executive Director

Like ships passing in the night, our September-October 2020 issue of The Texas Prosecutor was going to print just as Donna Hawkins accepted our invitation to join the Texas Prosecutors Society. Donna is a respected former prosecutor from Harris County and has had a great career in the profession. Donna, we are honored to place your name with the others for our Class of 2020!

The “Machine Gun Mike” Scholarship Fund
In the last edition of this journal, I reported on the passing of legendary Houston prosecutor and defense attorney Mike “Machine Gun” Hinton. (He might have been best known for prosecuting the “Candyman”—search for “the man who killed Halloween” to read all about it.)  Mike, who was a member of the TDCAF Board at his passing, had a lot of friends. Indeed, Chuck Rosenthal, former Harris County DA and Foundation Advisory Board member, quickly organized an effort to memorialize Mike with a scholarship fund. That took off, and within weeks it had accumulated $5,950 in donations. The list of donors to the fund reads like a “who’s who” in Texas criminal law. Thanks to the following individuals who gave substantial gifts in Mike’s name so that his legacy would be preserved:

Kathy Braddock

Vic Driscoll

Lawrence Finder

Jack Frels

Leon Frels

Mary Flood

Bert Graham

Jerry Gross

C. Hamel

Keno Henderson Jr.

Helen Jackson

Timothy Johnson

Rob Kepple

Chip Lewis

Maria McAnulty

Mary Beeler Meadows

Charles Rosenthal

Ken Sparks

Larry Urquhart

Carol Vance

Ron Woods

From the latest issue of TDCAA's journal, The Texas Prosecutor.

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