Random Friday Morning Thoughts

What a difference a decade makes. Unemployment falling to 8.3% was actually great news, and I thought Trump was absolutely irrelevant. 

  • Breaking news this morning is that unemployment has fallen to 3.8%. 

  • For about 45 minutes last night, we thought the world was about to implode. Literally. 

  • It's over. A guy whose mom won the lottery and paid her son's lawyers at least $600,000 to defend him -- lawyers which then made the strategic decision to sit silent in trial and do nothing, will now spend the rest of his life in prison without even presenting a defense or challenging the State's evidence. (I last outlined that case here.) "They questioned no witnesses, made no opening or closing statements, and registered no objections with the judge." There's a Texas Monthly story worthy of being written about all of this. 

  • An apartment building blew up in a D.C. suburb yesterday, injuring ten and leaving "several" unaccounted for. And it was caught on video.

  • This seems like a very big deal. Less Democrats voted in the Texas primary than four years ago while Republican numbers were up significantly. 

  • I don't know, but if I guy is trying to hit on you with this type of text exchange, I think you should be able to figure out that something is amiss.

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  • Thought I would check in on our familiar COVID graph.

  • Pointing out alleged "gaffes and blunders" while not knowing how apostrophes work. 

  • "Sure thing, I'm available for an interview . . . as long as we can do it at dusk while I stand in my front yard holding a horse."

  • I still can't get over how close this was. 

  • The NFL combine is going on which I will casually pay attention to, and this caught my eye yesterday. That guy weights 336? I remember when William "The Refrigerator" Perry was the only guy in the NFL over 300 pounds, and even then he was a big blob of goo. Look at this guy.

  • Extremely legal nerd stuff: A couple of months back I highlighted a search and seizure case out of Fort Worth. Not only had the defendant been charged with a new crime, that offense was used to revoke his current probation (he'd run into a bit of "rough patch" in his life).  Anyway, because of the illegal search, the court killed the new offense and, likewise, held it couldn't be used to revoke the guy's probation. Well, the court issued an opinion on rehearing yesterday which, although still holding that the police engaged in an illegal search, now allowed the defendant's probation could be revoked but for a different reason. 
    • It's pretty simple: The state filed a Motion to Revoke because of (1) committing a new offense and (2) failing to report to his probation officer. As stated, the court held it was a bad search on the new offense so it couldn't be used to revoke his probation. But what about failure to report? Can't he be revoked for that violation alone even if the new offense couldn't be used? Sure. And that's what the State argued in it's original brief and even cited to the record to support it:

    • In its original opinion, the Court, in a footnote, said "nope, you didn't offer any evidence proving he failed to report. You lose on that ground, too!"  (Paraphrased.)

    • Now, after stringent urging by the State, the appellate court has decided in a revised opinion that the State did offer evidence on failure to report (which they most certainly did), but still tried to blame the State in a footnote for originally saying they had not. 

  • 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: 974 days.
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