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