The Campaign For DA

6.03.2015

I Never Thought I'd Miss Rick Perry


Say you were arrested for possession of drugs but it was for an amount so small that it is either a misdemeanor or, even if a felony, under Texas law you are entitled to a mandatory probation (if you have no prior felony convictions.) But let's also say the cops only found that small amount of dope because you called 911 to help a friend who had possibly overdosed or even you had possibly overdosed? Should we make it a law that we'll give you a pass on the drug case in those situations since you were seeking help?

The Texas legislature overwhelmingly said yes.

Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed it yesterday.

(But he did sign a bill renaming a highway after the American Sniper.)

19 comments:

Anonymous said...



We give too many free passes in this state so I'd disagree mostly.
I also think we ruin young people because of their age and stupidity. That being said, in some cases we let it go it should be discretionary.

As far as Ricky Perry goes, as a moderate republican (in theory) I didn't like him. Gregg Abbott I cannot stand period.

Anonymous said...

No, how do we know you didn't give the drug to your friend who overdosed and that's why you only have a small portion. You could possibly be a murderer.

WOW, a lawyer you say?

Anonymous said...

But he's a "pro-life" advocate! Provided that life is a fetus, of course. Once you're born, you're on your own.

Sam Brows said...

Abbott likes to sit in judgment of others. He gives the appearance of being unfamiliar with the edict that we love our neighbors as ourselves for love doth cover up a multitude of sins.

Katy Anders said...

11:53: What a fantastic point! Or what about, instead of calling 911 about an overdose, you had assaulted a kid? What then?

Didn't think of that, did you?

(??)

Triple Fake... said...

If you have a medical emergency, of course you should call for help. But you took or gave the drugs knowing it's illegal, so you should suffer the consequences of taking or administering an illegal substance.

Like Katy says, what if you shot somebody and then called to request help? Do you get a pass for requesting assistance? And in keeping with the nature of the question, let's say you only slightly wounded him, but regardless of the severity of the wound, it was still illegal to shoot him?

How about this one? You and a friend are high or drunk while driving. You get pulled over. You say "I was taking my friend to the ER because I think he may have OD'd or have alcohol poisoning." How often do you think that would happen if you knew you wouldn't be charged?

Anonymous said...

Katy and a couple of others made some good points. You can't fix stupid with laws, either.

Anonymous said...

11:53

If an individual makes the decision to ingest a substance that causes their death, the supplier of said substance cannot be a murderer because it was ingested by choice.

The only exception I can think of is if someone ate your cooking.

Katy Anders said...

For the record, I don't believe I made a good point. In fact, I was being facetious.

As a matter of public policy, we should not be discouraging people from calling for medical attention when they need it. If someone is lying there thinking they might have overdosed - or God forbid, FINDS someone they think overdosed! - they shouldn't be afraid to seek medical attention out of fear they'll wake up handcuffed to the hospital bed.

Anonymous said...

One day, the state of Texas will once again have a governor that is respected...unlike recent times.

Double Fake James Pinckney Henderson

Anonymous said...

I keep waiting for my Republican leaders to realize there is more to their base than bigoted,homophobic, NRA zealots, low IQ types, but maybe they're right.

Third Party anyone?

Anonymous said...

Perry was sickening, Abbott is like Cancer...it doesn't get better.

Goober said...

Quit bitchin', this is what the majority of the people who who did voted for. If you don't like it get off your butt and go vote the idiots out. (Fat chance that will happens).

Anonymous said...

Wow BG,

This is what has your panties in a wad? But you do not wish to address ANY of the Obama or Clinton scandals?

This guy was just elected. You have years of terrible government, or outright criminality, that you could bring up concerning the other two.

Have you NO shame?

Anonymous said...

Yeah we need to make it OK for people to overdose their friends. Does it really matter anyway? Don't the cops just show up and shoot everyone to death?

Anonymous said...

Just remember, a gold-digging baby-murder advocate with a gross mole and pink shoes was our other option. If Abbot is an abbhole it's pretty much the Democrats' fault

Anonymous said...

I don't know where the majority of these posters come from, but after considering a allowing my name to show I decided against it. But I gotta say that if they are from the Wise County area, of which I lived in for 6 years and got out of ASAP so our kids could get a good education, that thank goodness we ran as fast as we could!

Stupid is as stupid does.

Anonymous said...

Both of them are dumb Crackers...

Anonymous said...

Although this statement could be perceived to be very insensitive, our current governor reminds me of Guy Caballero, owner and CEO of the SCTV network.