Skip to comments.BREAKING NEWS: Nueces County sheriff confirms judge found dead at courthouse
Posted on 07/15/2013 7:58:03 PM PDT by Nachum
CORPUS CHRISTI State District Judge Tom Greenwell was found dead from a gunshot wound Monday night in his chambers, Nueces County Sheriff Jim Kaelin confirmed.
Corpus Christi police, medics and Nueces County Sheriff's Office deputies responded about 7 p.m. to the courthouse after a report that a man was found with a gunshot wound to the head.The courthouse closed at 5 p.m.
It was unclear how a gun could have passed through security or been within the county building, equipped with security personnel and a metal detector. Attorneys, judges, and some media outlets who have courthouse identification badges typically aren't required to pass through the security checkpoint.
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Ummmm, a security person did it? Check their bank accounts for a sudden spike in funds. Maybe they did it for Trayvon.
This kind of thing is becoming a pattern, is it not?
Lord God, rest the soul of Thy servant and comfort his family. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, amen.
Bump for in the AM.
Was he anti abortion by any chance?
Greenwell was first elected District Judge of the 319th District Court in Nueces County in 2002, becoming the first Republican ever to win a county-wide judicial race in Nueces County. Greenwell was overwhelmingly re-elected to the Court in 2006, and was elected to his third term, without opposition, in 2010.
Judge Greenwell is a 1981 honors graduate of the University of Texas School of Law. Greenwell received his Bachelor of Arts degree, with a double major in journalism and political science, from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 1978. He served as a staff attorney on the 13th Court of Appeals beginning in 1981 and was chief of the Courts legal staff from 1991 to 1996. Greenwell was in private practice from 1997 until his election to the District Court bench in 2002.
Judge Greenwell served two years as the Presiding Administrative District Judge of Nueces County. In addition to presiding over the 319th District Court, Greenwell currently presides over Nueces Countys newly created Veterans Court.
So what's Eric Holder going to do, now that it's a judge?
"And that's pretty much why I worked so hard to get Zimmerman convicted. They paid me a visit, and I made the smart choice."
I would presume suicide.
There was a judge and his court reporter killed in Atlanta about 5 years ago. They were shot in the court room.
Mental detectors beat metal detectors every time.
Well I hope the mobsters that run the Dem party were more subtle than to shoot him in the back of the head and throw the gun like they did back in the Clinton days.
“becoming the first Republican ever to win a county-wide judicial race in Nueces County”
Ohh, I wonder what Holder has planned now. ;)
That would be my guess. Maybe he was close to being indicted for corruption.
Was he married?
He was recently involved in a disbarment proceeding of a lawyer. Maybe the other guy took revenge.
Could have been self-inflicted.
For him to win in Nueces County he had to get a lot of Hispanic votes. That’s good.
He’s the first Republican Judge in forever or maybe never. Read the article, people are checked for weapons when they come in except for those who work there, such as attorneys and judges. Attorneys and judges can concealed carry. That is a big time Democrat county. I’d check attorney weapons for use.
I suppose it could be a suicide as there isn’t any kind of report about what happened.
Definitely. The three shots in the back of the head are a "dead" giveaway, pardon the pun :).
He also was responsible for a controversial child custody award. Judge Thomas Greenwell awarded custody of a 3 month old breast feeding infant child to a man who was not adjudicated as the childs parent. The case was not even assigned to judge Greewell but was assigned to judge Marisela Saldana who was present and in court the day of the hearing. Nueces County practices walk through defaults whereby attorneys walk to a judge and have them sign orders. These hearings are held without notice to the other party which was what happened in this case. This man walked into court with attorney Gregory Spivy and said the baby is his and the judge said ok and awarded him joint managing conservator.
Why would anyone take a gun, go to work, and commit suicide there? Why would his office be better than just any place outdoors?
If the suicide was a sudden decision, the victim couldn't have a gun handy - the courthouse does not allow guns; and though it's possible for a judge to sneak one in, there is no real need to do so. Judges have armed guards already.
If the suicide was a planned decision, why go to work, write papers whole day, and only then end it all? Who can even do such a thing, and why to do the work at all? If the work was that important, there will be more tomorrow anyway.
A judge dying in his office most likely means that he was simply there when he was killed. He couldn't be easily killed anywhere else. A sniper could, of course, take a position 500 yards away from the judge's house and kill him on the way home. This means that the killer was not a sniper, and he had no rifle, and he was not going to bother with establishing a [vulnerable] position. Getting to the judge in his office is certainly the most straightforward method. The complexities of getting a silenced gun, and of getting it through the detector, are purely technical, and can be managed. For example, take an overhead projector on a stand, or a computer, or a light fixture, and wheel it in through the detectors. It will beep since it's full of metal - but who is going to take it apart to look for an extra pound of steel that isn't supposed to be there? Who is going to remember that fact if the gun was prepositioned a week ahead of the murder?
Hidalgo County had a similar bad run of DA’s and prominent lawyers in recent years. Hope it isn’t just traveling north.
Wasn’t it a court judge who shot and killed a Texas DA and his wife not long ago?
My thoughts, too.
The article says judges are allowed concealed carry into the courthouse—though that doesn’t mean it’s suicide.
Why would anyone take a gun, go to work, and commit suicide there?
It’s a good question, but maybe because it isn’t at home... the people there would be “equipped” to handle it...being law enforcement. And they would be quite sensitive in notifying family?
Year, a JP who was convicted of thievery killed the prosecutors after he was convicted in Kaufman County.
It was at the end of the day so maybe the court security closes down at the end of the day too.
On the other hand, if someone murdered him, why wouldn't someplace outdoors be way better than a courthouse with security and cameras and all?
Unless the murderer is someone courthouse security trusts. Courthouse closes at 5:00. Waste the judge at 5:30. Casually leave. Drop the weapon in the trash miles away, securely wrapped in a McDonald's bag. Shut up.
It was an attorney who killed a judge and the judge’s wife.
Was the judge married?
Judges dying is usually a political message from SOMEBODY.
Left alone, judges seem to live to 90 or so.
The Chicago mob is a lot more subtle. Think how sophisticated the Capone mob has become as it evolved over the last seven decades.
Untouchable. And now they have a former bag man in the mayor's office, and a contingent of black associate dupes running the White House.
Absolutely untouchable. There are people laughing their freaking asses off at their unbelievable good fortune.
And America is swirling down the toilet, a nation in steep decline.
St.Peter was heard saying this evening: “Here come da Judge!”
Thanks for posting. That was what I thought immediately, and I think it’s great that you are trying to stop paranoid rumors.
Judge Found Dead in Nueces County Courthouse Office from Apparent Suicide.
Posted: Jul 15, 2013 7:05 PM
Updated: Jul 15, 2013 10:02 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI -Crime scene investigators are on the scene at the Nueces County Courthouse after a cleaning crew finds a man dead from a gunshot wound on the 8th floor inside Judge Tom Greenwell's office.
Law enforcement sources confirm that the body inside the room is that of Judge Tom Greenwell, who appears to have died from a gunshot wound to the head in an apparent suicide.
The courthouse was already closed for the day when the discovery was made.
We'll have more information as it becomes available.
Hope he wasn’t a Judge Gary Little.
This is very sad! Many of my local political friends are rather distraught by tonight's news.