The Campaign For DA


Random Friday Morning Thoughts

From the DA's Office to the courts, Denton County has always seemed to be less than ideal place to work. Everyone involved just seems to be a little miserable. And just try being a defense lawyer walking into that environment. 

  • The crazy case of the coach in Wichita Falls committing suicide days after allegations of sexual abuse appeared on social media spilled over into a school board meeting last night. 
    • This headline doesn't do the meeting justice because . . . 

    • . . . the headline should be about how administrators might be getting a little nervous right now.

    • Deputies attended the meeting to keep order (and I just liked the picture.)

  • This was a heck of a story, but Costa Rica would be a great place to try and hide in (at least while it worked.)  Here's the town on Google Maps where she was found. She lived in a hostel there. I would do that.  

  • It appears that Brittney Griner's trial in a Russian courtroom is going on at this very moment. Here's a pic of her arriving for court.  (I did a quick search for that Jimi Hendrix t-shirt but couldn't find it. Edit: A faithful reader did.) 

  • GPS and robotic boats? Think of all things you could smuggle in if you could program a boat to arrive at some remote shoreline in the middle of the night. 

  • And another. There's an ill wind blowing.  

  • Christian Nationalism is full front and center now. 

  • A helicopter? They used a helicopter? Video

  • Nerdy legal stuff: The newly-revamped-for-the-next-generation Supreme Court ignored multiple criminal cases yesterday and, by definition, became more prosecution oriented. Justice Sotomayor was not happy. Link

  • Legal nerdy stuff #2: I just like the way this dissenting opinion in a state criminal case this week started off. It comes out of the Waco court of appeals:

  • USC and UCLA leaving the PAC 12 for the BIG 10 went from rumor to becoming officially confirmed in just a matter of hours yesterday. That was stunning.
    • Here's the map of the new Big 10. (USC and UCLA are way over there on the left.)

    • This is funny.  Flashy LA teams showing up for games in Nebraska and Iowa. 

  • "Shout out to all the women fighting for their rights right now. I love you so much!" Moment ago on Fox and Friends. Video.

  • Keeping up with new stories about criminal cases being solved using ancestry databases coupled with DNA testing is getting harder and harder because there are so many. I saw this one out of Montgomery County, Texas this week. The detective solved the case by just "reading an article" about how easy it was. 

  • Time which has passed since the Wise County Sheriff's Office, despite having a full male DNA profile, has failed to solve the murder of Lauren Whitener in her home at Lake Bridgeport: 1,094 days.
  • Messenger: Above the Fold