Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

Texas Wesleyan's law school in downtown Fort Worth was sold to the Aggies 10 years ago for $25 million.  They tried to sell it to TCU a decade earlier for $60 million.

  •  Late last night, a Tarrant County jury declined to give the death penalty for a man convicted of murdering a police officer.

    • The defendant actually took the witness stand during the punishment phase.  That led to this exchange which, although a little murky, seems like a good way to end up with a death penalty. He got lucky. 

    • It's important to note that he was not the trigger man. 
  • We've got an escapee from the Vernon hospital. He "was acquitted by reason of insanity for stabbing his father to death in Austin in 2013." That's kind of the basis for Halloween's Michael Myers.

  • This has Manhattan abuzz this morning. The Upper East Side is a nice area.


  • "JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A team searching a Mississippi courthouse basement for evidence about the lynching of Black teenager Emmett Till has found the unserved warrant charging a white woman in his 1955 kidnapping, and relatives of the victim want authorities to finally arrest her nearly 70 years later."  

    • Yep, she's actually alive and living in North Carolina.
    • I want to see a copy of the actual warrant, but I've not located it online anywhere.   
    • I don't expect there to be any prosecution.  
  • A brawl on a Carnival Cruise was caught on video. According to Fox News, "An alleged threesome between passengers had upset their significant others when they learned of the rendezvous." Oh, my.Video.

  • Today is the last opinion day at the Supreme Court. Two things: 
    • The first African-American female justice takes the oath today at noon. Yesterday, retiring Justice Breyer gave us a final date and time as to when he would officially leave. 

    • Very legal nerdy stuff: An opinion will come out today in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency. There is a possibility that it will be a blockbuster that could all but eliminate the power of federal agencies to issue regulations that actually have any teeth.  That would be earth-shaking, but they've saved the opinion for the last day for a reason. Justice Gorsuch is a madman against the "administrative state", believing that since only Congress has the authority to pass laws as the Legislative branch, any agency, which are all under the Executive branch, shouldn't be doing the same.  If you hear that the "Chevron deference doctrine" has been eliminated after the opinion comes out, it's a very big deal.
  • Video.

  • Rep. Liz Chaney, who should be the hands down winner of Time's Person of the Year this December, received a standing ovation at the Ronald Reagan library -- holy ground for conservatives -- as she spoke of the work on the January 6th Committee. There's hope for our country yet. "The reality that we face today as Republicans, as we think about the choice in front of us, we have to choose because Republicans cannot both be loyal to Donald Trump and loyal to the constitution."

  • Ugh. Texas Tribune story.

  • More legal nerdy stuff: The Supreme Court slapped Native Americans in the face yesterday (anyone seeing a trend here?) and Justice Gorsuch, in his dissent, was not pleased.  He cited Worcester v. Georgia from 1832 as a time with the Court was not afraid to tell the U.S. to honor its treaties. That's the case where President Andrew Jackson, later the architect of the Trail of Tears, ignored the Court and purportedly said, "[Chief Justice] John Marshall has made his decision; now let him enforce it!" Wikipedia entry about that case.

  • I'm into season three of Succession.  I think it's fantastic.