Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts

It wasn't her fault, and I worded the headline that way as a joke. I don't recall her laughing.    

  • No slowing down.

  • Plano ISD instituted a mask mandate. This is probably why. If we are going to have an insane outbreak in schools, we should know it within the next seven to ten days. 

  • With the full approval by the FDA of the vaccine by Pfizer, local Texas governmental entities (cities, schools, counties, state agencies) are no longer prevented from mandating that its employees get that vaccine. The wording of Gov Abbott's order, which had hamstrung those entities previously, had this limiting language:

  • The new re-constructed Bridgeport City Council voted last night to "have a full time paid fire chief [noting that] the city manager is committed to bringing a professional selection process back to the city council" to fill the position. (Emphasis added.) There is a lot going on behind the scenes, but this Messenger article seems to be what the vote was in response to.
    Credit Messenger report Austin Jackson for the thankless task of covering
    local government which has a value we don't appreciate. 

  • I've watched most of the video of the field sobriety tests and arrest of Allen West's wife. Hot legal opinions: 

    •  If I had to guess, the blood test may very well come back clean. And that would explain Allen West going so far out on a limb and going scorched earth on the the cops.  He knows it'll be clean. 
    • The Chief of Dallas PD came out yesterday and defended the arresting officer. But this line stuck out to me: "Regardless what the lab results show, I believe that she believed there was probable cause officer to think there was something impacting her driving."  Translated: The blood results my clear Mrs. West and I'm not saying I would have personally arrested her, but the officer honestly believed there was probable cause to do what she did so everyone get off her back. 
    • Mrs. West didn't sound drunk. She sounded scared.
    • The video is a perfect example of "failing the field sobriety tests."  According to the manual all cops use, she did fail the Walk and Turn and One Leg Stand tests. But from a practical standpoint and from a jury's perspective, she didn't.  However, the officer was forced to follow that nationally mandated manual which has its own scoring system -- a scoring system which is, and always has been, worthless and ridiculous. 
    • If this had been a simply refusal case without a blood test, I could win it every time. 
    • Very legal nerd stuff: There was only one clue in the HGN test. That's enough to seriously question everything the officer did. That can't happen. 
    • The scary part of the whole case is that the government can stick a needle in your arm based upon those facts.
  • I warned about these being in place for years, but at least they aren't hiding it any longer. 

  • The jury in the Familial DNA Cold Case saw a video of the defendant's "confession" yesterday (he said "I guess" when asked if he raped and murdered the victim, but other parts were more incriminating), but I noted how both detectives, once the defendant was on the verge of a tearful confession, patted him on the knee as a fake act of compassion to encourage him to keep going. 

  • I got to tour the new Wise County courthouse annex yesterday. It's very nice and very functional. The one problem I saw was that a person in the witness chair in the County Court at Law #1 can't see the person in the far right chair. That chair is normally occupied by a defendant who must be identified by a witness. (You really can't tell it from the photo, but the judge's bench obstructs the view based upon my own very scientific experiment of sitting in the chairs.)

  • Missed this from the weekend. 

  • People tell me all the time that they are glad I turned the comments off on Liberally Lean. Eliminating them has literally changed my life. I was absorbing other people's anger. That's not healthy for anyone.