The Campaign For DA

6.15.2015

Random Monday Morning Thoughts



  • The Wise County hunting accident in which a grandfather killing his grandson is beyond horrible. 
  •  Uh, oh. "22 3-inch binders were found in [the Tarrant County DA's] misdemeanor offices and brought to [DA Sharen Wilson's] attention after she took office in January. She said the binders contained more than 6,000 handwritten notes entered by past misdemeanor prosecutors on pre-printed forms seeking their personal observations about officers who served as witnesses in prior misdemeanor trials. The forms, dated from 1993 to 2014, included an option of 'Fudges: (Good/Bad)' under the section about testimony given during the trial. She said the documents raised questions about the credibility of 16 officers, as well as three breathalyzer operators. 'In 19 of the forms, the officer (or operator) is said to have lied but not always on the stand,' Wilson said." This Star-Telegram story praises Wilson for investigating the notes and now disclosing, as required by law, evidence favorable to a defendant. But am I to understand that for over 20 years those notebooks existed and not disclosed to the defense? Think about that. You are charged with DWI and the prosecutor knows that the officer and/or the Intoxilyzer operator have lied in the past yet you weren't told about it? By the way, how does an officer "fudge" in a "good" way?
  • I've never watched more than 15 minutes of Game of Thrones, but everyone was talking last week about the scene involving a child and fire. This weekend, I happened to run across it at the exact moment it began. Really? Isn't that just a bit over the top? Maybe I'd feel differently if I had followed the show, but it sure felt like a group of writers got together and said, "Let's do this!!!! It's crazy!!!"
  • When you think of a murder committed in the course of a robbery you don't normally think of a  Subway but it did in Dallas last night. 
  • A real life Jaws: Two teens lost limbs by shark attacks off of a North Carolina beach this weekend. 
  • I heard Frederick Frazier, vice president of the Dallas Police Association on the radio this morning in light of the incident at the Dallas PD headquarters over the weekend. Oh, my. He managed to use it to advocate for more military equipment, more security at the headquarters and all sub stations, and for a bigger budget from the city.  (One of the first Google results for him is the title "Wiretapping bill dead mainly because Dallas cop was a jerk".)



36 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't have to worry about it because I'm not stupid enough to drink and drive.

But, I'd hate to find out lying and withholding affected someone who was innocent.

Hunting accidents are, indeed, horrible.
I had a very good friend die in a similar accident.

However, low IQ and ignorant people use these situations to advance a police state.

Rare and random accidents do not trump the advantages of law-following citizens ability to protect their families.

Anonymous said...



Barry is like a child who wanders into the room in the middle of a movie and wants to know what's happening.

Anonymous said...

"A real life Jaws: Two teens lost limbs by shark attacks off of a North Carolina beach this weekend"

BAN OCEANS!!!!'

Anonymous said...

I'm close the family with the accident. Please people stop telling us it is god's plan and that you have a hard time explain him.

mrjohnson.3516 said...

Come on Barry, you were a prosecuto,you know full well that some officers can be led by the nose to agree with the prosecutor in trial, if it doesn't substancially change his story. Don't make us think your a virgin,we know better.

Anonymous said...

Your comment on the notes kept by ADA is an example of how defense attorneys blow everything out of proportion. All attorneys no matter what side you are on evaluate and grade a witness' performance. The vast majority of them are benign in nature and simply rate a individual performance such as this person is a good speaker in front of an audience or this one is not, thus more work may be necessary with this one. What are these officers strengths and weaknesses, etc... But of course you portray it as if every note contains inforamtion that the officer was lying and this was hidden. You are always thumping about innocent until proven guilty but yet you jump to the conclusion that officers were lying and DA, ADA covered it up. Where is your proof?

Anonymous said...

RTG needs some leg work. Hit the bike, take a walk, do some high rep squats.

DF Richard Simmons

Anonymous said...

On the RTG: The bikini tells me first day of beach vacation, but the stripper shoes tells me first night on the new job at the gentleman's club.

DF Tony Soprano

Anonymous said...

Decaturites are bashing The Messenger for all the posts on the hunting accident. They have a lot of hunting friends. If it had happened to unknowns they would be bashing the grandfather. I hate hunting of any type.

Anonymous said...

Games of thrones...it was over the top I thought in several ways. I think there was a couple unneeded screams.

It does show the extents the father character would go to become king of the mythical world the series portrays

Anonymous said...

Those sharks are racist!!

Anonymous said...

Sharen Wilson is surely at fault here...these should have been released sooner!!

Anonymous said...

9:24,

Please don't use your distant-relationship with the family for an attempt at sympathy.

In fact, just shut up.

Anonymous said...

....and there's that "low IQ" at 10:01.

Apparently, she just rolled out of bed to make a comment.

Triple Fake... said...

I know what you're trying to say about the Subway robbery/murder.
But when you're dealing with a mentality that thinks it's a good plan to rob a Subway, then a certain wild-card element gets introduced.
A smart criminal wouldn't rob a Subway. A smart criminal also would eliminate any resistance by shooting somebody in the leg, thus greatly reducing the odds of a murder/death penalty charge.



Game of Thrones follows a series of fantasy books. What you saw may not have been a scene from the books, but the entire premise is based on a form of alternate reality. So, anything goes. I believe you would term this "beyond belief".

Anonymous said...

I hate turkey hunting.

Don't get me wrong, I'll kill turkey's. They eat all my deer corn and destroy my feeders.

I just hate the birds. They stink, and what little meat is on them is tough.

I don't see getting camo'd out to kill a turkey.

When I go into the woods I'm going to kill back straps.

mzchief said...

For those of you who'd rather put your money where your mouth is and provide more than lip-service, regarding the grief being experienced by Callen Little's family, please feel free to, do as some of us already have, make a donation at the Callen Little Go-Fund-Me page. Not surprisingly the goal has been reached but I assure you, Michael and Tasha will need much more, than the amount that was set, to get through this horrific tragedy.

As for comments regarding this matter, nothing more really needs to be said other than silent prayers for the family and all the friends who've been devastated by this accident.

Thank you, in advance, to those of you who wish to show some compassion/respect for Callen's family and friends, who read this blog.

Sam Brows said...

i'm tired and I want to go home...

And the notebooks ARE a big deal. Yeah, they probably contain a bunch of stuff that is benign, but from what's been released so far, we clearly know that they contain notes from prosecutors who concluded that their witnesses either lied on the stand or were lying so badly during discussions about the arrests that those same prosecutors didn't feel comfortable putting those witnesses on the stand. In either event, you've got clear ethical violations that are bad enough that, had they happened in a civil trial that resulted in a multi-million dollars jury verdict instead of a criminal trial, would have people like 9:38 beating the drum to have the responsible attorney dis-barred.

Anonymous said...

Real men/hunters don't need feeders!

Anonymous said...

I've had prosecutors lead me, get facts wrong, just not understand, etc to the point I went back on record myself and told the judge. Some prosecutors just don't get it.

Bear said...

I was a witness for the prosecutor in a trial once in which the defending lawyer displayed a large, blown-up photo. The photo was reversed and distorted the explanation of what happened. While on the stand, I pointed out to the defendant's lawyer that the picture was "backwards". He was not even capable of understanding what I was saying. He merely berated me and said that I did not know what I was talking about and that "HE" was asking the questions here, not me.

Outside (and sometimes inside) the courtroom, lawyers can be idiots.

Bear said...

Oh yea! He lost.

Anonymous said...

DF Tony Soprano @ 9:54 AM:

The fat on her legs tell me she's not a pole dancer.

Anonymous said...

MZ,

You, have an, annoying, rogue, comma habit,

Anonymous said...

Did mizchief find religion or imposter?

Anonymous said...

HUNTING IS STUPID.....

Anonymous said...

So true 3:17....ooohh those commas drive me nuts!

Anonymous said...

What's up, with all dem, commas?

Anonymous said...

Why would mischief the atheist be praying?

Anonymous said...

10:18
Your an idiot.

Anonymous said...

Today's RTG has cellulite on the from of her legs.

Anonymous said...

Shut up, you're an idiot!!! Mom! He called me an idiot!

Anonymous said...

Hunters trail cameras are better than the cameras that are there to catch criminals. WTF ?

Anonymous said...

Controlled release? That ain't huntin.

Anonymous said...

Will the Tarrant County supervisor of the misdemeanor section during the time these forms were filled out by prosecutors be scapegoated?

Anonymous said...

Mschief isn't an atheist. Read her profile. She believes in God just not religion. Ya'll know you can believe in God and not be religious.