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Legal Services Division Chief
The chief of the district attorney's legal services division is Bill Delmore, a career prosecutor with almost thirty years of experience.
A graduate of the University of Texas and the University of Houston Law Center, Delmore clerked for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals before joining the Harris County district attorney's office as a misdemeanor trial prosecutor.
Before retiring from Harris County
in September of 2008, he
served as general counsel to the district attorney, John B. Holmes, Jr.; as the chief of the appellate division; and as the chief of the Legal Services Bureau
In January of 2009, Delmore ended his brief retirement to join the staff of his former Harris County intern, Brett Ligon.
has authored more than 600 appellate briefs, and represented the State in numerous capital murder cases in which the death penalty was imposed.
has represented the State (and his
fellow prosecutors) in several Texas courts of appeals, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
, the Texas Supreme Court
, the United States Court of Appeals
for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
US Supreme Court Uses Foreign Precedent to Craft Some Opinions -- 07/11/2003
Bill Delmore, assistant district attorney for Harris County in Texas (whose office unsuccessfully argued the Lawrence case), adopted a different view, saying reliance on foreign precedent to reach decisions affecting the United States was "not appropriate."
"We've always been proud (in the U.S.) of going our own way because, frankly, we tend to be better at this democracy thing than a lot of countries," Delmore
But the Harris County District Attorney, represented by prosecutor William Delmore III, argues that heterosexuals and bisexuals also face the possibility of arrest and conviction if they for some reason choose to engage in sex with a person of the same gender.Three other states - Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma - have similar laws criminalizing sodomy only between members of the same gender.Lambda also contends that the law violates the Constitutional right to privacy, a claim that has much broader implications, including for laws in nine other states that ban all sodomy, regardless of the gender of the participants.The privacy claim was at the heart of the attack on the Georgia law, a claim the court repudiated in the Bowers decision.
Humble beginningsThe case which gay-rights attorneys are hoping will yield a landmark decision striking down sodomy laws began incongruously - as a petty dispute between friends.
...Delmore, the Harris County prosecutor, said those who disagree with the law should turn to the Legislature, not the courts.
In filings requested by the Supreme Court in response to Lambda's petition for an appeal, Delmore
claimed that same-gender sodomy has been considered criminal behavior for centuries.In his
said lawmakers were justified in passing a law designed to set standards of sexual morality.The law is part of Texas' "communal belief that the conduct is wrong and should be discouraged," he
wrote in the filing.Delmore
also strongly relied on the Bowers decision, saying same-gender sex "could not conceivably have achieved the status of a fundamental right in the brief period of 16 years."In a friend-of-the-court brief supporting Texas, the California-based Pro Family Law Center
said states should be given leeway to protect the public from the spread of diseases like AIDS.
Corollary harms citedBut gay-rights groups, in filings before the court, urged the justices to accept the appeal.In its brief, the Human Rights Campaign said sodomy laws are responsible for "stigmatizing gays and lesbians as outlaws" and "contribute to an atmosphere of hatred and violence" against gays.
Bill Delmore, chief of the legal services bureau in the Harris County district attorney's office ... says that if the Court expands the protected zone of privacy to sexual conduct that occurs outside the marriage contract, it would "doom" any prospect of upholding fornication or adultery statutes, which are on the books in some states.It also would "raise serious questions" as to whether a state can regulate private acts of prostitution and consensual incest, he adds.
â€œThe most guilty person in the history of Montgomery Countyâ€ | Andrew Purcell
The findings of fact and law were drawn up by Assistant District Attorney Bill Delmore, then signed by the judge, as they had been at every stage of the case.
This is not unusual in Texas: the document summarizing the hearing and noting which witnesses offered credible testimony is often written by the prosecution when a conviction is upheld.
What was remarkable, however, was that Delmore wrote it before the transcript of the hearing was available, instead relying on his own notes.