Robb Fickman

Robert Fickman has practiced criminal defense in State and Federal Court for 36 years. He is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, a Past President of HCCLA, past Board Member of TCDLA, and a longtime vocal critic of the criminal justice system. He received the HCCLA President’s Award in 2018; and HCCLA Torch of Liberty Award in 2019 for his many years of fighting to eliminate Harris County’s “Plea Mill” and systematic denial of PR Bonds. In 2006, Mr. Fickman summited Denali, the tallest mountain in North America.

Opinion: Many Texas Judges Acting Inhumanely

Our nation and the world are engaged in an awful battle with a deadly pandemic. Over a million people are already sick and many thousands will die. Officials have urged us to stay at home. They have called on courts to cease operating in all but the most essential situations.

Have all the criminal courts in Texas heeded the official admonishments?


Many of our judges are still requiring the presumptively innocent accused on bond to attend court. These dockets are most often unnecessary. The accused who do not appear risk revocation of their bond and incarceration.

To needlessly require an individual charged with a crime to choose between risking the loss of their liberty or the loss of their life is nothing short of cruel.

People define themselves, particularly in times of crisis. Lincoln said if you wanted to test a person’s character, you need only give them power.

Unfortunately, at this critical time, too many of our Texas criminal court judges have chosen an inhumane path. In so doing, they have failed Lincoln’s character test.

These judges who have abused their authority and needlessly require court appearances have disgraced themselves, the bench on which they sit, and our criminal justice system.

Let these judges who have so acted be remembered for the poor and inhumane judgment they showed when it counted most.