His defenders, however, cite two high-profile prosecutions of Democrats. In late 1990, Earle went after the powerful Texas House speaker, Gib Lewis, who was his friend. Lewis pleaded guilty in 1992 to filing false financial statements and soon retired.
One of Earle's former targets, ex-Attorney General Jim Mattox, defended Earle on the issue of partisainship, eventhough Earle went after Mattox for bribery.
"You might question his competence as district attorney," Mattox told reporters, "but I don't think you could question his motivations as being overly partisan."
Earle even held himself accountable to the law.
Earle even prosecuted himself in 1983, paying a $212 fine for tardy campaign finance disclosure filings.
I think Earle says it best himself.
"Being called vindictive and partisan by Tom DeLay is like being called ugly by a frog."
Earle Has Prosecuted Many Democrats
Houston Chronicle: COPS AND ROBBERS Earle prosecutes Democrats and Republicans alike