The Campaign For DA

8.12.2014

This Is Getting Crazy



I swear I wrote about this case when it first happened and said it was a crappy criminal mischief case against this woman. Some middle school kids staying at her house (a pretty high tone house by the way) caused some damage to a neighbor's home. And, as often the case, everyone gets charged including this lady.

To no one's surprise, the Tarrant County DA's office backed down and dismissed the case after she wrote an apology. Now the DA's office is upset because the "apology" filed with the District Clerk is not the same as the apology which later appeared on the lady's Facebook page. You gotta be kidding.*

Nevertheless, the prosecutor in the case, Mark Thielman, has filed a "Notice of Filing to Make the Record Speak the Truth." What the heck is that? We pay people with taxpayer dollars to spend time filing stuff like that?
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* (The only interesting legal aspect of this is that the image of the "fake" apology letter on Facebook bears a file mark by the District Clerk. I'm trying to read between the lines but there is almost an assertion that an original apology letter was handed to the clerk for filing and a "copy", which wasn't a copy, was file marked as well and maintained by the person who filed it. That person is mysteriously referenced as "a well-dressed man." Edit: If that did happen, and I'm not saying it did, I don't think that's a crime. I could be wrong, but nothing in the Penal Code jumps out at me.)