The Campaign For DA

8.29.2015

Random Flashback: Were The Records Ever Released?


It got my attention in April why all records requested by the Messenger regarding the shooting of the man in Montague County by police (it's the shooting which gave rise to a memorial service for a Wise County Drug Dog) had not been released. Here's my post. There was no reason then why they should not be released. There is no reason now. Police reports. Autopsy. Video. Everything. Have they been turned over yet?

Is there anyone, whether liberal, conservative, moderate, or even apathetic who does not believe that government records no longer relevant to any litigation should not be turned over to the public? Come on, we love transparency in Texas. And we love the rule of law, right? It applies to law enforcement and prosecutors, right?  Under Texas law, all public records must be disclosed unless there is a specific exception. I can't think of an exception that would be applicable in this case.

Heck, for the first time in my life I feel like saying, "If you have nothing to hide then . . . . " But I shouldn't, and don't, have to justify the Messenger's open records request.

If all the records were turned over, I apologize, If not, they will be. Have you ever seen a respected newspaper and a a crazy lawyer blogger who has become obsessed with keeping government accountable team up? I haven't asked them, but I think they'll be willing to let me ride in the sidecar.

Edit: Thanks to a comment, I was reminded of this: There was an in depth review of the incident at a training seminar which was not open to the public. And the Montague D.A. was a speaker.  So where are the records? And is there anyone who attended that meeting who would be willing to confidentially tell me if anything remotely disturbing was revealed?




22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tactical debriefing sept 9, law enforcement only- no cameras, recorders or press

Wcso

Anonymous said...

If Montague County is anything like Wise County, the records are probably gone by now and nothing will be done about it. The good ole boy system is still alive and well in these parts of the woods.

Anonymous said...

Really? You are doing a bit, right?

You are going to blow up WC over this, but do not even make one post about all of the Obama and Clinton cover up, ignoring of FOIA requests about Fast and Furious, IRS, Clintons hidden server, deleted emails, on and on and on.

You really are delusional.

Anonymous said...

Not too complicated Counselor. Bad guy shot leo dog. Good guys shot bad guy in defense! Case closed!

Anonymous said...

This debrief is scheduled for Sept. 9th, 2015.

Anonymous said...

And is there anyone who attended that meeting who would like to confidentially tell me if anything remotely disturbing was revealed?

I don't understand this remark

Goober's Friend Andy said...

I don't know why you are getting your panties in a wad over this. School boards are the most corrupt under the table governing entities around and you regularly give them a pass.

Anonymous said...

9:37 Then why not release the records? Good lord you people are f'ng idiots!

Anonymous said...

I'm gonna hop into my little time machine and run on over to this here seminar. When I'm done, I'm gonna come on back and let you know how it went. Typical defense attorney. Trying to make it look like something was covered up in this seminar that has not happened yet.

Anonymous said...

File a freaking lawsuit. That is the only way to remotely get any information out of the Obama administration...sometimes.

Anonymous said...

If it ain't hard to figger, why the cover up? To borrow one of the law and order folks favorite lines, "If you got nothing to hide..."

Anonymous said...

Who would name a dog Leo?

Anonymous said...

How about the judge who died in the car wreck out on 287 back last spring? Nothing was ever released then, either, and 4 people died.

Anonymous said...

After DiCaprio.

Anonymous said...

Law enforcement folks and government employees are a privileged class in the good ol US of A. They don't have to live by the same rules as the rest of us. Come on, everybody knows that. Of course, they've got something to hide or reports and records would be available immediately.

Anonymous said...

Keep blocking my comments Barry, you'll go down with the Sheriff and all the other corrupt politicians in this county. Just because you haven't been formally made aware of an investigation doesn't mean one hasn't been started. You all will have your day in court.

Anonymous said...

It was a Dawg folks K-9 Pepper was just another dawg

Anonymous said...

K-9 POLICE LIVES MATTER!!!

Anonymous said...

Police are out of control. No wonder the knee grows be ambushing. What we have here is failure to communicate.

Anonymous said...

you're such an idiot Barry! Law Enforcement, Public Safety personnel, Teachers, Nurses, and the list goes on - go to classes all the time that aren't open to the public! Of course, it doesn't get everyone stirred up quite as much as pointing the finger at law enforcement. One day you will need them and maybe then you will appreciate them.

Anonymous said...

Why don't you just ask someone who was involved? 200 Rook Ramsey Drive.

Anonymous said...

Who gives a crap if they shot him ?