HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston lawyer whose firm has a case before the Texas Supreme Court helped the wife of Justice David Medina arrange for bail when she was indicted earlier this month.
Attorney Frank G. Harmon didn't put up any money for Francisca
Medina's $42,000 in bonds. But he did ask bail bondsman Edd
Blackwood to write her bond.
Harmon told the Houston Chronicle that he didn't help pay for
the bond, hasn't given the Medinas any money and won't help pay
their legal fees. Harmon also said the Medinas did not ask for his
Harmon said he called the bail bondsman because he felt sympathy
for the Medinas and had worked with the bondsman when he was a
Harmon is a partner in Crain Caton & James, which is
representing Crown Cork & Seal, a defendant in an asbestos
liability lawsuit. The state supreme court has not issued a ruling
on the case, which was argued in February.
The plaintiffs in the case are challenging a 2003 law that
retroactively eliminated pending and future asbestos claims against
Crown Cork & Seal.
Harmon said his involvement in the case is minimal. The lead
attorney for Crown Cork & Seal is former Supreme Court Chief
Justice Tom Phillips, Harmon said.
Francisca Medina has pleaded not guilty on charges of felony
arson, felony criminal mischief and state jail felony criminal
Francisca Medina were indicted on charges related to the June 28
fire in the Houston suburb of Spring. The fire damaged their home
and two nearby houses as well, causing about $900,000 damage.