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2.13.2007

Boring Legal Junk


The Dallas Morning News did a series last year on 18-wheeler safety. I didn't know that the paper, on its web site, placed the full trial transcript (now called the "Reporter's Record") of a wrongful death trial that occurred in the district court in Wise County. It's not the most exciting reading in the world, but I'm certain its the first time such documentation has ever been published on the web. (Lots of local lawyers were involved in it.)

Go here and look on the right side if you are so inclined. (Lots of other good Wise County stuff on the page.)

But I'm not sure what court reporter Jeff Goodwyn thinks about all of this. If I were to call him up and ask for a transcript of a trial, he'd charge me a fee. (Heck, I paid a court reporter in Fort Worth for the transcript of an expert witness just the other day.) But now anyone can just log on to the DMN web site and download the transcript for free?

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

I wonder how much the defense lawyers paid belo to print that.

m&m said...

I'm glad you posted this and plan on reading it, because I heard the judge didn't allow the highway patrol's report of the accident, which said the car crossed the center line and that he wouldn't allow cell phone records which showed the drivers phone was in use at the time of the accident. Plus, he allowed the fact that the truck driver was an illegal immigrant to be the main focus of the trial, which to me seems irrelevant. Can't wait.

Anonymous said...

M&M
How is it that the illegal mexican is irrelevant? Considering that they hired an illegal immigrant it means that he didn't have a valid license and should not have been on the road and therefore the accident may not have occurred. Also meaning that they disregarded the law and put a driver on the road that would endanger others all for "trying to make another dollar." They should have paid them double...

m&m said...

It was the trucking company that hired him, not TXI. So, how is TXI responsible. It should have only dealt with the trucking co. And he had a drivers license and had been driving truck for years without even a citation. So, whether he is legal or illegal doesn't play into deciding who crossed the center line of the highway and caused the accident.