Harris County honored Mike Anderson, the former Harris County District Attorney who lost his battle with cancer on Aug. 31, by renaming the STAR (Success Through Addiction Recovery) Court courtroom after him on Dec. 17. It’s now the Mike Anderson Memorial Courtroom.
Anderson, who took office as DA on Jan. 1, is a former STAR Court judge. He was a Harris County assistant DA for 17 years and a district court judge for 12 years. The STAR Drug Court Program provides non-violent, repeat drug offenders with treatment.
According to a press release from the Harris County DA’s office, currently 144 defendants are participating in the program and more than 400 have graduated since 2003.
At a dedication ceremony, where a portrait of Anderson was unveiled, 262nd Judge Denise Bradley, one of the Harris County judges with a STAR docket, said there is no better way to honor Anderson by naming the courtroom after him because he got “great joy” from his work in STAR court.
“He was an absolute sucker for a happy ending,” Bradley said to a packed courtroom. “He always had words of encouragement and he always, always made people think they could do it.”
In September, Gov. Rick Perry appointed Anderson’s widow, Devon, to succeed him as DA.
— Brenda Sapino Jeffreys