Some years ago I was contacted by an Investigative Journalist who was writing an expose of the Anthony Graves case and calling for the head of Charles Sebesta, the former Burleson County District Attorney.
After I had answered some of her questions, she said, “You are the only lawyer I have talked to who doesn’t have a lot of criticisms of Charles Sebesta’s reign as District Attorney.”
When the journalist implied that I wouldn’t denounce Charlie for fear of retribution, I said, “Charlie Sebesta is a cut dog; he can’t retaliate against anybody.”
I’m not saying the critics are wrong, I can only tell you of my dealings with Charlie. I always liked him even if he was giving me some kind of cheap bullshit on a criminal case. On a personal level he was always pleasant and easy to work with. Charles Sebesta has a website that defends his prosecution of Anthony Graves and strongly maintains that he is the victim here, not Anthony Graves.
I would never have imagined that he would stand accused of trying to use the system to murder an innocent man. I honestly believe that Charlie may have been possessed by an evil spirit; I’m not saying his head spun around and he projectile vomited, but that he lost contact with his personal moral compass due to arrogance and pride.
In a way it makes sense that I would click with Charles Sebesta because we share similar DNA and cultural history:
Scots Irish Blood
Land and Livestock
Small Town Practices
Let’s go to trial
I re-hash all that history to show that I am trying to be as objective as possible about Mr. Sebesta. It is my opinion based on what I know that he should have been disbarred for what he did to Anthony Graves.
I also believe the Attorney General’s Office and the Texas Rangers should conduct an investigation to determine if the charge of Attempted Murder should be filed against Charles Sebesta. Mr. Sebesta needs an investigation to clear his name. I have tried to fathom why an educated, genteel man would try to kill an innocent man and in so doing discredit himself and the entire criminal justice system.
The king decides to kill one of his subjects, has him arrested, thrown in the dungeon and then executed by the Crown. That scenario is why the Magna Carta was signed in the first place, and why I am taking a hard line on Charles Sebesta; he abused his office for the purpose of fostering injustice. That is why although I feel sympathy for Charles Sebesta as a person, I feel even more sympathy for Anthony Graves and his family.
The Disciplinary Committee that threw Mr. Sebesta out of the legal profession, (he had not been actively practicing since his retirement in 2000), was chaired by the First Assistant Brazos County District Attorney, Brian Baker. Brian is a career prosecutor as was his father before him. I have tried several jury trials against Brian and he is both an honest person and very intelligent man.
In view of Mr. Sebesta’s position on this subject; I would suggest a Court of Inquiry to determine for both Mr. Sebesta and Mr. Graves as nearly as possible exactly how Mr. Graves was found guilty and wrongfully convicted.