The Campaign For DA

12.11.2012

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts


  • The reaction to this Cowboy tragedy is really surprising to me. Jason Garrett fully supported Josh Brent yesterday at the press conferences and said he is fully welcome at the Cowboys' facility.
  • What happened to the lock-em-up-and-throw-away-the-key mentality?
  • And the boys on The Ticket were speculating that the Cowboys would pay for Brent's criminal defense. Two words: No. Way. 
  • The victim's family said yesterday that they didn't want Josh Brent to go to prison. Note that they don't make the call, the DA's office decides whether to push for that. But it is always interesting when a victim's family and the DA's office get cross-ways.
  • But what in the world was the victim's mom and grandmother doing on Piers Morgan last night? That wreck was barely 48 hours old and they are flying to New York to be on TV. Sheesh. 
  • Jerry Jones said on The Fan this morning that Josh Brent will ride to and sit with the victim's family at the memorial service today.
  • The range of punishment is 2 to 20 years in prison, but a judge or jury could suspend any sentence and place Brent on probation. (Yeah, I know the "deadly weapon" aspect tricks it up.)
  • The charge is "Intoxication Manslaughter." Not "voluntary manslaughter" or "involuntary manslaughter". 
  • The fact that Brent had a prior DWI out of Illinois does not change the range of punishment.
  • There was a lady who came forward yesterday to say Brent wasn't trying to get the victim out of the car after the crash and she, in essence, had to "coerce" him to help.  I was skeptical when I read her account. When I heard the audio of her describing it, she sounded credible.
  • But a drunk and stunned Brent may not have been the clearest thinker after the wreck. 
  • There were 12 Dallas Cowboys at the club along with Josh Brent?
  • Some are saying that the Cowboys victory at Cincinnati on Sunday may be one of the team's greatest victories of all time because of the tragedy. I don't get that at all. 
  • Mark Cuban hosted TMZ the other day in place of Harvey Levin. That sleazy and cheesy role is perfect for him. 
  • Last night I coaxed those in the house to watch an episode of The Three Stooges. Everyone was laughing except Mrs. LL who had a "McKayla Maroney is not impressed" look on her face. 
  • How are they not tracking the bomb threat calls to Decatur High School? These kids using a burner phone ala The Wire? Edit: According to the Update, the threat wasn't made via phone and three teenage girls have been "arrested."
  • I went 12-2 in the Wise County Courthouse Fantasy Football league, finished the regular season in first place, and then got bounced in the first round of the playoffs. 
  • There's a sexual assault of a child case starting this morning at the courthouse. It's a He Said/She Said which are always the hardest cases of all.
  • We got our Christmas tree up in a timely manner but the guy who normally puts our lights on the roof (I ain't getting up there) isn't returning our calls or emails. (Oh, and I think we've trained the Family Pup to attack the Family Cat every time the cat gets near the tree. Mrs. LL put bells on the lower branches to warn us when the cat's War On Christmas begins.)