Ed Emmett turns to Cactus Jack to remove the Jerry Eversole corruption casestain
After months of drama and weeks of speculation, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett has named a replacement for Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jerry Eversole. Jack Cagle (known as Cactus Jack) will represent be the county commissioner ad interim until the election in 2012.
Eversole announced his resignation in September as part of a plea deal in his criminal case, which included corruption, bribery and tax fraud charges. Eversole pleaded guilty to lying to an FBI agent on Friday — and he faces up to five years in prison. His resignation became effective Oct. 1, after two decades as county commissioner.
For the past few weeks, Judge Emmett has considered his options for Eversole's replacement — from 66 possible choices, Emmett culled the list to a dozen politicians, public officials and community activists. From those, Judge Jack Cagle was selected.
Cagle was elected as the presiding judge of Harris County Civil Court at Law No. 1 in 2001, and also serves adjunct professor for the University of Houston Law Center. Like Emmett, Cagle is a Rice University graduate and the two are friends. Cactus Jack has presided over more than 650 civil jury trials.