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5.26.2017

Random Friday Morning Thoughts




  • A couple of years back, a high school football player was charged with sexually assaulting a young boy in the Texas Capital Of Wrongful Convictions: Williamson County. The case grabbed headlines. He turned down a plea bargain, was convicted, and sentenced to 25 years. Yesterday, in a shocking development, law enforcement re-opened the case because they might have got it wrong. So wrong that they went so far as to name a new suspect. 
    His friends in courtroom when sentence was announced.
  • Understand that in order for a case like that to go wrong, a prosecutor had to stand in front of a jury and tell them that the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. How can you get it so wrong? Or, in more practical terms, how can you recklessly talk yourself into believing something that you cannot possibly know?
  • And Another (Washington State):
  • A Montana courts reporter called out a New York Times reporter who stole her work in the Congressional candidate body-slamming case. 
  • Quickly deleted yesterday: 
  • In case you didn't see it, the Body Slammer won last night in Montana despite the incident the night before.
    A little callback humor for ya.
  • I've always told Mrs. LL I wanted to drive the famous Highway 1 in California. It looks like to do it this summer would be a little challenging.
  • A little fun long read for your long weekend: A Texas Monthly story on corrupt cops on the border. It always seems to involve unsupervised drug cops. 
  • A 45 year old south Texas high school principal shot himself in the school's parking lot after resigning. He was not under any type of investigation. 
  • Trump was Full Trump yesterday.
  • You want to be miserable? Walk around the Colonial Golf Tournament today in this heat and humidity. 
  • In a nine inning game last night, your Texas Rangers struck out twenty times. That ties a major league record. 
  • I missed that Fox 4's Steve Eagar, when talking about security for an upcoming concert in Grand Prairie, said John Lennon would be appearing instead of John Legend. I bet some teleprompter script writer got chewed out.
  • Speaking of Fox 4, the crazy guy who ended up being burned in the RV yesterday actually called Fox 4 during the chase. It was recorded. You think the station would lead with that last night on its newscast if, for nothing else, self-promotion. Nope. They did two spare stories before they got to the RV story, and then just casually threw in the call reference and played the audio. 

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

You want to be miserable? Walk around the Colonial Golf Tournament today in this heat and humidity.

The Cowtown Colonial invitational should bring in a trailer to the tournament like T. Cullen Davis once did. T. Cullen used the trailer to screen the movie Deep Throat for his Fort Worth high society friends during the tourney. Beats watching the stupid golf I suppose. Happy ending!

Anonymous said...

I think you're giving too much credit to the former Williamson County Prosecutor. Her name is Jana Duty. She already went to jail once for withholding evidence and has her own issue with investigations. Look her up.

Anonymous said...

Williamson County gonna Williamson County. It's all about getting the conviction count up for reelection.

DF Michael Morton

Ernest T said...

9:03 -

Do you think that 90% of the people at Colonial (or whatever it is now called!) are there to watch golf? No. They are there to drink and be seen!

Anonymous said...

Not everyone is bothered by heat and humidity, whole bunch of folks will not be miserable at all at Colonial today.

Anonymous said...

Actually, this summer would be a perfect time to drive highway 1 in California. Less traffic maybe. There's over 600 miles of it, detouring around this slide takes you into the mountains and through Spanish mission country and small towns and wineries; not exactly a penalty for missing a few miles of coastline.

Anonymous said...

Good lord BG, what a skank. I'm gonna' need a pick me up.

Anonymous said...

Zero thoughts on the Christians murdered in Egypt?

Anonymous said...

You ask ".....How can you get it so wrong? Or, in more practical terms, how can you recklessly talk yourself into believing something that you cannot possibly know?"

Answer = The same way scumbag defense attorneys can stand up and say without a doubt their client didn't commit a crime.

Anonymous said...

There may be 600 miles of the PCH, but you don't want to take it farther south than San Francisco. The traffic jams in LA are the worst, and there are actually lights all along the highway in Orange County. Start in SF and drive to Oregon. I agree with 9:54, the detour would be just fine.

Rage

Sam Brows said...

Yup, the body slammer won. Sad day for the state of Montana, but completely understandable given the timing of the incident. I'm sure he'll be able to give his constituents his full attention while he's being deposed and working with his attorneys in preparation for the civil trial the Guardian reporter will be bringing.

Anonymous said...

Hillary Clinton, speaking at a graduation, just mentioned that the students should fight against all the efforts to keep law abiding American citizens from voting. What efforts are those?

Anonymous said...

If that jerk lays hands on me again, I'm decking him. No more Mr. Nice Guy.

DF Prime Minister of Montenegro

Anonymous said...

Whoopsie.

DF Jana Duty

Anonymous said...

Just because you can tattoo, doesn't necessarily mean you should tattoo.

DF Mother of RTG

Anonymous said...

Someone should tell the Washington State An Another that knitting can be a nice distracting hobby. At least it would get her mind off teenage boys.

DF Knit One, Purl Two

Anonymous said...

@ 9:33 wrong tournament the Nelson is the crowd you are referring to the colonel is more of a golf crowd.

Anonymous said...

You win !!!

Anonymous said...

12:32, oh my. Been to the Colonial lately? Nope. It's every bit the see and be seen deal as Nelson.

Anonymous said...

Los Angeles is hundreds of miles south of San Francisco and some of the best spots are between the two cities. Driving south of LA will put you in Orange County dumbass, not SF. You don't have to take it all the way to LA from SF.

Anonymous said...

The guy is a billionaire, this will be settled in months you idiot.

John Holmes' Ghost said...

RTG - You followed a Hottie with that naughty... meh. her man-ish face is no cure for ED.

Anonymous said...

Gross. She has tittoos.

Anonymous said...

Hey Rage --

You seem to know a lot about San Francisco. Why is that?

Anonymous said...

Decatur CC very successful
Decatur volleyball very successful
Decatur basketball very successful
Decatur baseball very successful
What is wrong with Decatur football ? Every other program is successful !

Anonymous said...

While that sexual assault case is tragic if the wrong person was convicted, most wrongful convictions happen BC the victim identified the wrong person as the assailant. If that single misidentification is uncontradicted and appears credible at the time of trial, then often the State proceeds to trial for a jury to make a guilt/innocence determination. It would be the same situation if an adult victim was robbed on the street and later identified the robber, and this single identification went uncontradicted and appeared credible.

The police might have purposely focused on a single assailant (Kelley), but if the police was unaware of McCarty's existence and McCarty was never identified as having a connection with the sexual assault incident, the police would have no reason to look at McCarty. Only after McCarty confesses or someone finds pictures of the victim on his phone/computer does someone have cause to investigate McCarty's connection to this crime.

Unquestionably there are issues related to the reliability of the 4 year old's identification. However, if the 4 year old was your child and unwaveringly identified Kelley as his abuser, wouldn't you want the State to prosecute Kelley for the crime?

I'm not necessarily a fan of Jana Duty or WilCo DAO, but I can see them prosecuting the Kelley case under those circumstances. If there were questions about the 4 year old's credibility or reliability in identifying Kelley, then my response might change.

Anonymous said...

I think there are many on the SO list who were wrongly convicted...crooked detectives and D.A.'s