Ex-DA Frank Briscoe, onetime Harris County legal heavyweight, dies
By MIKE MORRIS
Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle
Jan. 5, 2011, 10:13PM
Former Harris County District Attorney Frank Briscoe, a popular prosecutor who twice sought to be Houston's mayor, died Tuesday at Oak Bend Medical Center in Richmond. He was 84.
A presence in Harris County law and politics for more than three decades, Briscoe served as Harris County district attorney from 1961-1966, worked seven years as an assistant in the same office, as an assistant attorney general for the state and as a criminal defense attorney. He also was an assistant district attorney in Fort Bend County.
Colleagues described him as a sharp mind and a vigorous prosecutor.
"He thought rapidly, and he worked rapidly," said Carl Dally, a retired judge who served under Briscoe as a prosecutor, then partnered with him in private practice. "When he was DA, once in awhile he'd go into court in the morning, in the county court-at-law where they had some DWI cases, and he'd just pick up the file and try the case right then."
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