Harris County Criminal District Court judges are coming under increasing scrutiny for bail decisions in cases where the defendant, once out of custody, commits a new crime, including murder. 248th District Court Judge Hilary Unger is one of them, given a series of incidents where defendants in her court bonded and went on to commit serious crimes.
Some would say such cases make Unger, 59, unworthy of re-election. We do not agree. She’s the top pick for Democrats in the March 1 primary for two reasons: her overall record on the bench is strong and because we don’t think her challenger would do any better.