One of the true legendary Judges of Harris County, Texas, William Hatten, passed away this week at the age of 97. It seems like almost anyone who has been a Houston Criminal Lawyer for more then ten years has a story about "Wild Bill" as we affectionally knew him. Judge Hatten was forced to retire at the age of 75 as judge of the 176th District Court of Harris County, but that did not stop him from continuing to serve as a visiting judge until a few years ago. I had several trials when he was presiding in the 338th District of Harris County, and when I was a prosecutor in the 90's. Jurors loved his "war stories" and his unique demeanor. Judge Hatten was eccentric before being eccentric was cool. I learned that being yourself was the most credible thing you could do to gain a the trust of a jury. He emphasized to me that a jury will see through you if you pretend to be someone you are not. His colorful personality will be missed. Judge Hatten was just as equally proud of being Catholic, a Knight of Columbus, and reaching out to youths as he was being a judge. I can only hope that I live as full of a life as he did.