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Countiss steps into new role as criminal DA
San Jacinto News- Times
COLDSPRING – He’s worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, Appellate Section, the U.S. Courts of Appeals, been in private practice, enjoyed his own private practice, served as district judge and served as adjunct professor at SMU Law School, University of Houston Law School and South Texas Law School since the early 1960’s and Saturday he was sworn in as San Jacinto County Criminal District Attorney. Richard Countiss has wasted no time settling into his new job. Running unopposed, he started familiarizing himself with the offi ce before the November General Election which cast him as the offi cial winner of the position “I have spent a lot of time getting to know the staff, meeting some of the law enforcement leaders in the county, becoming familiar with the existing cases, reviewing the criminal law and criminal procedures I will be working with and making contact with other district attorneys in the area that I will interact with,” Countiss said. “We have some major cases that have developed within the last few weeks and I will need to start preparing them for trial immediately. The latest murder case, involving a family custody dispute, is number one on my list and I want to get it to trial as soon as the investigation is completed,” Countiss said. The new criminal district attorney said he is particularly disturbed by the crimes directed at children – both sexual and assaultive. “There is no greater coward in the world than a person who assaults or sexually abuses a child and I want San Jacinto County to become a very unpleasant place for those who commit such crimes,” Countiss said. Countiss was nominated by the San Jacinto County Democratic Executive Committee as a replacement candidate to fi ll the vacancy in the nomination made with the unexpected death of former San Jacinto County Criminal District Attorney Bill Burnett who was unopposed on the ballot.