Random Friday Morning Thoughts

Ten years ago Bridgeport and Decatur were still playing each other.   (That's the game ball being delivered in the top photograph and not an injury situation.)

  • Regarding Thomas Houchin's DWI arrest. The Messenger, to its credit, got a hold of the probable cause affidavit which police are required to prepare whenever there is a warrantless arrest. If you are a defendant in a DWI case and have only two "clues" on the Walk and Turn test and one on the One Leg Stand test, I generally like your chances. A lot. Whenever I see that in a case, it tells me the person is going to look fantastic on the video. And the video is basically all the State has when there is no blood or breath test. (The facts don't make it a "bad arrest", they just make it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for prosecutors to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.)

  • Mansfield High School shooting case updates:
    • The shooter, Timothy Simpkins, was released on bond yesterday. Some of our state representatives must think the kid must have been convicted in a secret trial already, or he has never heard of the presumption of innocence. Jeff Leach is a lawyer and a Baylor graduate. 

    • To the extent it's characterized as a "mass shooting", his attorney ain't wrong. 

    • One more thing about the case that I was slow to realize, Simpkins, the shooter, was the kid who was getting the crap beat out of him in the video. The probable cause affidavit says he had on "light colored hooded shirt" on during the fight which preceded the shooting. 

    • A photo from inside a classroom during the lockdown.  Here's a video of cops busting through it to check on the room. 

  • As we all knew it would be, the Debt Ceiling Crisis was avoided last night. But we had a split vote of the Texas Senators to get there:

    • Here is Cruz's exact quote after the vote. It's funnier when you see him say it. 

  • I wish there was more information about this Sheriff near Amarillo who was found not guilty yesterday. It had something to do with allegations of purchasing equipment at a discount. 

    • His lawyer was happy on Twitter.

  • These are headlines I've seen over the last 24 hours.  What's the next step, formal book burnings?

  • I saw this posted yesterday.  Have I ever mentioned the fact that DPS spent tons of your money on gun boats? 

  • The third victim in the Three-Bodies-In-A-Dumpster case has been identified. Maricruz Mathis, 33, had her "throat slashed" and then her body set on fire in the dumpster. 
  • 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: 828 days.
  • Messenger: Above the Fold