Longtime Harris Co. Judge 'Wild Bill' Hatten dies

June 16, 2011 12:37:54 PM PDT
There's sad news to report from the Harris County Courthouse. Judge William 'Wild Bill' Hatten, a popular figure and legend of the courthouse has died at the age of 97. Judge Hatten presided over the 176th district court in the 1970s and 1980s. There's still a picture of him in that courtroom.

Judge Hatten remained active in his church and American Legion after his retirement.

We caught up with Judge Hatten at his birthday celebration at the courthouse last year, and he showed his wit and character were still well intact. You can see our interview with him in the video window above.

Statement from Harris County DA Pat Lykos on Judge Hatton's passing:

"I was truly saddened to hear of the passing of Judge Bill Hatten. He was passionate about justice. His zest for life showed in all he did. Bill had a great sense of humor and a twinkle in his eye -- even when he was yelling at a lawyer or a defendant. He will be sorely missed."


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