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12.19.2006

Somber

I'm at a driver's license hearing office in Fort Worth (it handles suspensions due to DWI arrests) as I type this out. It's weird today because most of the officers in attendance have black bands over their badges in honor of the Fort Worth officer that was killed over the weekend. Somber place.

Edit: Sheesh, I'm away from the comments for the afternoon only to return to find that Christmas Cheer has broken out all over the place.

36 comments:

ellis said...

barry, my first thought is your a sleeze bag for representing these people and getting them off with little or nothing . but then i think , it could have been me when i was younger. i cant tell you how many times i did it(drive drunk).
there are no easy answers. no winners. all loosers.
choices=actions=concequences
good=good=good
bad=bad=bad

Anonymous said...

But, to your recent musings, why should they be somber? Shouldn't they be absolutely thrilled that he got to burn his way to Jesus? Won't they be having a ceremony soon, and all praising God for "taking him into his arms"? You raise some very precise issues, and I applaud your guts. I've been tapping along those same lines on this blog for some time.

Anonymous said...

When the toxocology tests of the 20 year old who rear ended the squad car (in the wee hours of a Sunday morning)are proven to show DWI, it will be interesting to find out which sleeze attorneys got the guy off of his last drunk driving charge. Maybe you did, Barry.

Maybe on this very day you are contributing to another "somber day" (as you put it) that we will all experience in the future. What would you think if the guy you are defending today kills someone (maybe a couple of children) in 6 weeks just because you sobered him up, cleaned him up, put a suit on him, told him to cry to the judge about how sorry he was. I challenge you, Barry, step back and take a look at the bigger picture.But then don't listen to me because I consider all attorneys to be whores and if your going to be an attorney then you have to be a whore (excuse me, I meant to say "an upstanding officer of the court")

greta said...

Couldn't it have just been an accident? Afterall, the accident happened right at an exit. It was dark.

Anonymous said...

This officer was a rookie officer who leaves behind a wife and 2 small children; he had stopped to help someone with a flat tire and an intoxicated driver (twice the legal limit), ran into this officer's patrol car and it burst into flames. It IS kind of ironic that you would tell us how somber it is where you are and for the reason you attend these hearings. I feel very sad for his wife and children.

Anonymous said...

It was dark outside, but that is why police officers have bright lights on top of their car and a directional bar telling you what way to move over.

Anonymous said...

ellis - I couldn't have said it any better...

Anonymous said...

Toxicology is back. DRUNK! Over twice the legal limit. And traveling at least 80 MPH at impact.
Lets keep all the drunks on the road, what da ya think Barry. It may be you next time that an officer is helping change a flat when a drunk comes along and destroys another family. Take it from a police officer who has come within inches of being hit by an intoxicated driver (after she sideswiped my patrol car), you are not doing a service to the community by keeping these drunks on the road. I'll keep puting them in jail. See ya in court.

Anonymous said...

why do all of these people that hate what you do read your blog?

Atticus said...

No one ever gets charged with something unless they are guilty. (We all know that) The police are incapable of ever making a mistake. You will undoubtedly never have a loved one who makes a mistake and gets accused of something. The simple way would be be to just copy the Nazi party and let the police decide all of the issues. The Nazis in Germany pretty much eliminated lawyers, and I think Stalin in Russia did too. You don't have a lot of lawyers running around in the Secular Midddle East Governments interfering with them. So I say get yourself a petition going and repeal the 6th amendment to the US Constituion (& maybe the first with it as well). When you repleal the 6th, you won't have to worry about people like Barry bothering you by defending people that get accused of something. We will all be secure then (in chains but secure)

Anonymous said...

thank you atticus

TXsharon said...

atticus: Haven't they already removed enough of our rights? But, I see your point and agree. ;)

Hateful crew this is. I hope you guys never need a lawyer.

Mary Mack said...

Innocent people are arrested all the time. Lawyers are there to protect those wrongly accused. Sometimes guilty people are fortunate to be given a second chance, and that's usually because of bad police work. If there's a solid case against someone, they aren't going to get off just because of their lawyer.

Anonymous said...

i hate lawyers....and doctors....and dentist.....and insurance companies.

but they sure r nice when you have a tooth ache or cancer or your house burns.

Anonymous said...

from 2:27;

Do innocent people get jailed occasionally? Yes. but there can be no arguement that people that drink and drive do not need to be on the road. Maybe you bleeding heart liberals such as atticus will be lucky enough to never go through what that FWPD officer's family is right now. Oh, I'm sorry, you wouldn't because your not a cop. I can tell you that after twenty years in law enforcement, I have never arrested someone that I was not 100% sure was guilty of the crime they were being arrested for. I can tell you that I have seen Wise County juries find guilty people not guilty. I'll bet a steak dinner that 1000 guilty people go free for every 1 innocent person that goes to jail. All that said, I'm sure that there will be a smart*** responce to this. I'll pray for you and your family. You will need it the next time you get in your car and drive up the road to the store.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, forgot to spell check.

"response" is the correct spelling

TXsharon said...

Well anon 3:50, let's just do away with our entire judicial system and put you in charge of the world since you seem to know who is guilty and who isn't. Save a lot of taxes so the right winger should love that. Don't ever piss him off tho'.

Anonymous said...

TxSheehan, Why don't you send the money you save on cheap tampons to the IRS? The government knows how to spend your money better than you do. Isn't that the liberal mantra?

Anonymous said...

I did not say that I know everyone that is guilty. Don't twist words, as liberals do so well. The system is broke. It allows guilty to go free and innocent to be jailed. What I'm saying is lets keep thd drunks off the road. Lawyers like Barry fight to keep them out there with you and me.

betty boop said...

"Somber"...how did we get so far from the point? Regardless of how you feel about attorneys or police officers, I think Barry recognized the fact that because this young officer was killed, there was a somber atmosphere where he was, and fellow officers wore the black tape around their badge out of respect for the officer.

Atticus said...

Our system isn't perfect, but it is the best that there is on this planet. Lawyers represent police officers from time to time, who become "citizens accused". Police officers and conservatives hollar as loud as anyone when they get accused of something and guess what they avail themselves of the protection that our constitution provides for all of us. I think Tom Delay has been represented by the same lawyer who represented other prominent and not so prominent citizens accused. (Mr. Dick DeGuerin I think) It is interesting that a police officer told me recently that he found that the police officers who consistently got their cases dismissed and or not prosecuted were the ones that refused to learn from their mistakes in preparing their cases. The good police officers that I know, respect the system and don't blame the lawyers for all of its problems. Everyone has the right under our system of justice to be represented by an attorney. It is not a sin to exercise a right and that is what people do when they hire a lawyer. No we do not have a perfect system, but it is the best on earth.

Anonymous said...

You are correct. Everyone has the right to be represented by an attorney. The problem is the system has become a joke. I witnessed a drunk driver (snot slinging drunk)yell, calling a police officer everything but a white man, all recorded on video, just to be found not guilty for no other reason than the jury felt sorry for him. The officer did everything perfectly. The defense attorney unsuccessfully attempted to discredit the officer's description of the events, and the jury watched the video as the defendant yelled things that I wouldn't say to my worst enemy. Now, tell me what is right about that. PLEASE tell me. Attempt to justify that. CANT!!!!!

Anonymous said...

3:50, just because YOU were 100% sure that everyone you arrested was guilty DOES NOT make it so.

mzchief said...

I had a YOUNG friend who was killed by a drunk driver and an ELDERLY friend who passed peacefully in her sleep. I cried just as many tears for the one friend as I did the other. I EQUALLY miss both of my friends. From MY experience the circumstances of the death of those whom we love does not lessen or increase the void caused by the passing of loved ones.

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When attorney's do what attorneys are suppose to do, at WORST only ONE innocent person goes to prison for EVERY 1000 guilty who walk free. EVERYTIME an attorney mounts a VIGOROUS defense "The System" is tested.

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To anonyNOTHING 2:43...
THE HATERS read BARRY's blog because it gives them a chance to do that at which they are best, HATE.

How it must SUCK to be a HATER!

Anonymous said...

yes people die in all sorts of ways, dwi is wrong and should be punished but there are worse things and riskier things that kill kids. (like some school teachers)
seems that the punishment should fit the crime. alr start the punishment before they even go to court, and if aquitted the dwi and alr stays there forever. does that seem right?

Anonymous said...

I think some have gotten a little of the point Barry was trying to make. This time of the year, it should be about peace and joy, and Christmas cheer, (if I understand it right?), its not about burying a loved one, however they may have passed. But, it is also part of life. There are lots of wrongdoers out there when it comes to drinking and driving, some of whom happen to even be police officers and lawyers. I admit I'm not perfect, and am very lucky to have never been in an accident that resulted in a death or was caused by a drunk driver, (never been in any kind of accident.) Barry is hired to do a job, and if that means defending someone who was accused of driving drunk, that's his duty. Does it actually mean he agrees that the person is innocent? It does not matter. Don't criticize our wonderful justice system, the police officers, the lawyers, and the ones who got off when they clearly know in their hearts they were wrong. People, we choose the paths we take, and we ordered that drink, and then next, and the next. Just think, it could have just as easily been you behind that wheel that hit the patrol car. Then you inturn would be looking for an attorney to help you. The young man will, convicted or not, not forget the fact he made a mistake that resulted in a death. He will forever live with the physical and mental scars of this terrible tragedy. He will be punished, simply for the fact an officer died, and his life also forever changed, prison time or not. So, if all of you want to B.... and moan about the justice system, then start with thinking the next time you only have one or two drinks, and get in your car to drive home. That's all it takes to end a life, and you would argue then that you were not drunk. I personally know how it feels to live everyday wondering if my police officer will come home, and they work their hind ends off trying to keep us safe. It also circles in my head when the girls and I decided to go to "happy hour", that it could be me killing another person. Just remember what you have said here the next time you do exactly what that young man did. There is a name for it... Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

You guys missed my initial point. It is my contention and guarantee that LAWYERS represent anyone that has the thousands of dollars to pay them....... there is no social or moral consciousness to it. Do you think Barry ever asks his client "O.K. first of all tell me the truth, did you drink and drive?" and then based on that answer tell the individual "I cannot in good conscious defend you unless we plead guilty". NO!!

The first immediate question is "how much money do you have to mount a defense?" MONEY fuels the day, NOT truth, Not justice, Not moral values -- M-O-N-E-Y!!!!!!!

mzchief said...

Sadly, there is NO "JUSTICE", there is ONLY the "LAW" for those who CAN afford it.

O.J. Simpson PROVED what happens when a defendant has as much money and resources as does the prosecution.

Collectionsite said...

Barry I admire you that you do the job you do without judgment. You provide a paid service as any other professional you are paid to do. Would anyone else expect there doctor to do a "half hearted job" because he "felt" you deserved to be sick?
As far as driving drunk and the terrible misfortunes that comes with it everybody losses. I too have had a loved ones life taken by a drunk driver. But I do not blame the system nor the attorney.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Christmas and Barry ...

Please keep defending those that need defended and If you EVER start to let your personal feelings sway your defense please let me know and I will find you another job :)

Anonymous said...

Collection, again you miss the point.

A Doctor is trying to help you........... a lawyer is trying to exploit a situation in order to get your money.

A lawyer makes a tremendous living through the exploitation of other people's misery -- even children.

Collectionsite said...

Anon:
My point is he is a paid professional. As any other paid professional I hire him to do my bidding. NOT my Judging ... if I wanted an judgmental opinion I would hire you ;)

Anonymous said...

Well, 12:30PM, I've come across a few doctors who were obviously exploiting their patients. You know, the ones with good health insurance.

3:50PM - if you are/were posting during your shift, quit wasting the taxpayer's money and resources and get back to arresting people.

Anonymous said...

Shut Up SquareHead,

Anonymous said...

Shut Up SquareHead,

anonymouse said...

anonyDUMBASS 1:25/1:24
you make people with turrets syndrome look bad.
just shut up now, bitch.

Anonymous said...

3:50

You have NO idea how wrong you are. Juries hardly ever find anyone innocent! Unless youre a millionaire and hire a fancy attorney, but even then you dont have much of a chance.

You say you never arrested a innocent man? I hope to god you are right. But how did you know they were guilty? Hearsay? Real scientific evidence (fingurprints, dna, ect)? Hopefully it was not the first one...

But the sad truth is 90% of all convictions are because of somebody else accusing somebody of something. Thats horrible. People can say anything...

I think if somebody is guilty they deserve punishment. But what about the man on death row that was convicted because on one wittness? Or he was black and had a all white jury? Or the father who now must register as a "sex offender" till he dies because his wife got mad and accused him of rapeing their young child? Or the young man serving a prison sentance for being in the wrong place at the wrong time for a drug deal?

Most people arrested are either innocent or guilty but not to the degree they were charged with. Notice how I said arrested instead of convicted? Thats because now days your guilty until proven innocent.

Sad but its the truth..