During the Monday night League of Women Votes Debate, Johnson admitted that the mailers were wrong. Corridor News reached out to Johnson and asked him how or why the mistake was made…
Melissa Jewett, Publisher
Recently, Hays County residents received mailed fliers from Chris Johnson, a candidate for County Court at Law Place 2 running against incumbent Judge David Glickler.
The flyer includes a photograph of Judge Glickler’s DWI arrest in 2015 but dates it for May 23, 2015, the “Night of the Memorial Day Floods.” However, according to arrest records, Judge Glickler was arrested on May 26, 2015, around 11:30 p.m. under suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
During the Monday night League of Women Votes Debate, Johnson admitted that the mailers were wrong.
Corridor News reached out to Johnson and asked him how or why the mistake was made.
“The simple fact of the matter, I should have double or triple checked the mailer before it went out….it was just an error. It got corrected to the 26th on the mailers that will be coming out in the next couple of weeks,” said Johnson. “The date at the top was correct.”
Johnson said he wasn’t sure when the corrected mailers would be sent out to residents.
When asked why residents would receive a second one, Johnson said, “You’ve got to talk to different people at different times; some voters are going to vote early, and some are going to vote later on.”
He continued to say his campaign had already spoken with the early voters; the corrected mailers would be directed at the other groups of voters.
Political verbiage on mailer Chris Johnson Mailer
David Glickler DWI Arrest
May 23, 2015
Night of the Memorial Day Floods
While a typo can be understandably overlooked on a date, there is the question of the six words listed below it. As the Memorial Day floods did take place on May 23, 2015, some of the fliers’ recipients are wondering how the mistake was not noticed during proofing.
Those who live in glass houses……
Currently, Johnson is employed as an Assistant DA in the Hays County DA’s office as a prosecutor under Wes Mau who is also running for re-election.
According to Dallas Justice and San Marcos News Streamz, in May of 2009, Assistant District Attorney Lynn Peach resigned from the DA’s office for “profound philosophical differences.”
Peach realized what she called a “fraud on the court” was happening during a Hays County trial against Shawn Nathan Shipman, a San Marcos resident facing multiple narcotics charges.
According to reports, Peach testified in open court that San Marcos Detective, Laray Taylor, and Hays County Assistant District Attorney, Chris Johnson, did not contest the informant’s story of being a “concerned citizen” or inform the court of a deal she had made with San Marcos police for information on Shipman.
The confidential informant was successful; in exchange for her information on Shipman, her case was dropped.
Peach testified in open court that a San Marcos Detective had cut a deal with an informant testifying against Shipman in exchange for reduced charges in their own legal problems.
“I thought, ‘Holy smokes, he’s lying,’” Peach said on the stand in response to questions from Shipman’s attorney, David Watts.
Peach revealed the truth about the informant in this case. Shipman was given a new trial. The District Judge in the case, Jack Robison, recused himself; the Hays County District Attorney’s office offered no objection to Shipman’s request for a new trial.
It is unknown whether Johnson was sanctioned by Texas State Bar for this issue.
The other side of the political coin
Corridor News contacted Judge Glickler to ask for a statement about the mailer; as a resident of Hays County and Buda, Glickler received the mailer himself.
“To shrug it off as a typo is incredibly dishonest because it wasn’t just an erroneous date. My opponent photoshopped in the caption ‘Night of the Hays County Memorial Day Floods,’ indicating his clear intent to falsely link my mistake with the worst night in Hays County history. It’s disappointing that someone who claims to have so much honor, integrity, and sense of justice finds it more convenient to justify one lie with another, rather than owning his intentional, misleading attack. And it’s even more concerning, in a day where prosecutorial ethics are under heavy scrutiny, that Mr. Johnson–a career misdemeanor prosecutor–would make overzealous accusations without regard for the truth, for his own political gain. I am deeply convinced that a candidate for judge should have the integrity to own his mistakes, even when it is difficult to do so, and I speak from experience on this point.”