Random Friday Morning Thoughts

The drive-through at Whataburger in Decatur got the attention of a faithful reader. 

  • We knew the drop was coming, but it's still amazing to see.

  • Oh, my.

  • We had a nice 100 in criminal filings yesterday in Wise County: 66 felonies were indicted and 44 misdemeanors (Class A and B) were filed.  Edit: Yep, that was the actual math in my head. 
  • Say what? I completely missed this from two days ago. 

  • Trump had a Trifecta.
    • Taking "clearly marked" classified documents to Mar-a-Lago after he lost the election. 

    • Gaps in the call logs for January 6th.

    • Getting rid of documents by flushing them down White House toilets. 

  • I still don't understand what happened with Hispanic voters in the Valley in the last election when compared to the last two presidential election years. (Chart's source.)

  • Sarah Palin's lawsuit for libel against the New York Times may go to the jury today. (She sued them over an editorial linking her to the shooting of Rep. Gabby Gifford in Tucson, Ariz. in 2011. The Times had issued a retraction.)  Assuming she can get past the threshold of proving the Times had a reckless disregard for the truth, she has other problems. The first one is damages since she testified she had some "sleepless nights" over the editorial, but that's it. The other problem came to fruition yesterday when the judge ruled that the jury would not be asked about punitive damages because there was no proof of "ill will." From trial watchers: 

  • We had a pretty good instance of Republican on Republican violence yesterday.
    • It started it when Rep. Jeff Leach called out the Republican opponents of other Republican incumbents over being too pro-life.

    • Then one of the opponents came back and pointed out that Leach had actually sponsored the failed death-penalty-for-women bill that he was complaining about. 

  • There was an assault last night at Clemson. Video.
  • Aggie payday. 
  • Hot sports opinion: I never for one single second thought Ware was a Hall-of-Famer while he was with Dallas. 

  • Over-the-top legal nerdy stuff: Hey Texas criminal justice practitioners, you want to see a case where that "Judicial Confession" your client signs in a Pre-Trial Diversion agreement was later actually used against a defendant, but the State still lost because of the way it was worded? Here ya go
  • I love this quote from an investigator in this Houston cold case: “Once we find that DNA, it used to be a showstopper if they weren’t found in  CODIS [the criminal database]. That’s not even an issue anymore. So what, they’re not in CODIS? We get a good DNA profile, the next step is to begin that genetic genealogy and start building family trees on these cases and find our suspects."

  • 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: 952 days.
  • MessengerAbove the Fold