Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

Nothing is more important in the courthouse than your credibility. That goes for everyone.

  • Your reminder that the record is 14,218. We may have broken it yesterday -- the numbers will be released this afternoon. 

  • I told you it would take 7 to 10 days to determine if we'll have a problem. We have a problem

  • I'm not exactly sure what Bridgeport's "Decals with Dads" is, but it looks fun. 

  • A federal judge has sanctioned nine Kracken lawyers, including Sydney Powell and Lin Wood, in their "Big Lie" post-election litigation including referring them to the appropriate body for consideration of disbarment. They should be disbarred.  And the judge went scorched Earth on them. 

  • From those conned by Trump to those willing to take a horse dewormer instead of the safest vaccine America has ever seen, I've learned more about my fellow man in the last four years than I have in my entire life.  And I've been giving them way too much credit. 

  • The Tarrant County DA's Office is going Hollywood with self-promoting tweets like this. And this one is deceiving and bordering on being an outright lie. It says he was sentenced to the "maximum" but that is misleading. The State actually failed to prove a first degree felony charge (maximum sentence is "life or 99 years") against the man and the jury found the guy guilty of a lesser second degree felony -- and that's what he got the maximum of 20 years for.  (Nerd stuff: They charged him under 30.02(d) but he was found guilty under 30.02(a)(3).)

  • This is getting a really weird. He tried to ban masks and now he's trying to ban private entities from requiring vaccine proof if the private business "receives public funds by any means."

  • But his bar for success is really low. It's currently defined as keeping the lights on during a summer day.

  • Afghanistan evacuations since August 15th: 95,700. What more could you ask for? 

  • That officer who is coming forward is seriously underestimating the number of far right wing nutcases out there.


  • I pointed out the other day that a person sitting on the far right of the counsel table can't see the witness in the new courtroom in Wise County. It dawned on me that this isn't just an inconvenience but is actually a constitutional issue. A Defendant has the right to confront his witnesses under the Sixth Amendment. If he or his lawyer can't see the witness's face while they testify, that's a problem. 

  • What is wrong with some prosecutors and law enforcement? Just admit when there has been a royal screw up. It's not hard. 
    Story from 2017

    Story from yesterday.

  • Note to defense lawyer in the story below: If the prosecutor offers you a plea deal where the victims are going to be upset and run to the press about it, don't embarrass the prosecutor further by telling the paper you were "surprised" by the offer.