Random Friday Morning Thoughts


  • That post above was about Prince not appearing at a Super Bowl party in Addison because he hadn't been paid as agreed. It was a disaster in that people who paid "$1,500 a ticket" or "$25,000 a table" weren't told about he cancellation which had occurred earlier in the day and showed up for the event. As outlined in later Dallas Morning News story years later, Chris Arnold was heavily involved. 
  • There are simply no words to describe what happened in Fort Worth yesterday. After watching the second video of the incident unfold, I was done. I didn't want to see any more. So far we know the identities of two of the six fatalities: Aaron Watson, 45, of Fort Worth, and Tiffany Louann Gerred, 34, of Northlake.  The Medical Examiner puts the time of death for both at 6:13 a.m. 

  • Edit: One of the victims was Christopher Ray Vardy, 49, from Boyd.
  • The story was on the cover of the The Wall Street Journal this morning:

  • In my next criminal trial in Wise County, can I get that special deal where I meet with a couple of jurors halfway through the trial so they can tell me what they think I should do next? 

  • Headlines from the last hour: Republican Golden Girl Nikki Haley finally came to her senses and has turned on Trump:

  • Anyone cocking an eyebrow at this story? "Van Duyne called police after she heard a shot and saw a body on her front walkway at around 3:45 p.m. [on Wednesday.]"

  • Surprise: The government refuses to prosecute the government.

  • Random bad cop news I saw this week:
  • The White House this morning

  • Dave Ramsey with some loving words of financial encouragement. Good lord, man.   

  • I can't tell you how close the facts of this Idaho criminal justice disaster came to happening in Wise County in the Lauren Whitener/Aric Maxwell case: A murder/rape was committed, DNA was left behind who didn't match the guy the cops targeted, but a conviction based upon a coerced confession was obtained that put the man in prison.  But 20 years later he was freed and the true killer, who had lived nearby, was identified by a familial DNA investigation. The only difference is that Aric Maxwell, in the Lauren Whitener case in Wise County, never confessed despite over 15 hours of interrogation spanning five different interviews. He was arrested, indicted and kept in jail for six months anyway. I'm still as pissed off about it now about as I was last year. 

  • Speaking of: Time which has passed since the Wise County Sheriff's Office has failed to solve the murder of Lauren Whitener in her home at Lake Bridgeport: 588 days.
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