Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

This guy, with his talk of civil war, was just ahead of his time. By the way, the voters of Lubbock County  re-elected him two years later.

  • The funeral homes in Uvalde wouldn't take him, but a funeral home in Crystal City, about 30 miles away, finally handled the burial. In the defense of Uvalde funeral homes, they kind of had their hands full.

  • Something weird is going on with the prosecution of the mass shooting in El Paso. The two lead prosecutors are suddenly gone.   One of the assistant DA's was "let go on Monday." The only explanation was a statement by the DA which simply read, "Following recent events, a change was necessary. We wish Mr. Briggs the best." The other prosecutor "had just started her position July 11 under the grant funding provided to secure special prosecutors on the case." Her only comment was that it "had been a pleasure to work on behalf of the citizens of El Paso." 

  • Here's a hot prediction: I bet the jury finds him not guilty. But I'm at a disadvantage because I don't know the lawyers. Prosecutors are Tim Rodgers and Sam Williams. Defense lawyers are Kathy Lowthorp and Rafael Sierra.
  • I kept seeing this headline everywhere yesterday and it's incredibly misleading. He'll also have to do three years probation which is a relatively harsh sentence. In Texas, the probation term for a misdemeanor DWI can't exceed two years. 

  • The Colleyville Grapevine ISD school board has now been taken over by Trump Republicans.  And because of this, they are passing very Trumpy policies and having meetings which have turned into circuses. If you watch any public speaker from Monday's meeting, check out this guy who, I'm pretty sure, doesn't support any trans-friendly rules. He was there to celebrate.

  • Being a part of a union, or at least the equivalent of a union, is very helpful.

  • Trump's lawyers are always morons, but they were incredibly smart drafting the "motion" they filed in connection with the Mar-a-lago search.  File a motion which serves as a press release and the media will eat it up. It always works, and most lawyers never use this technique when there are basically no rules against it. (But the judge did issue an order yesterday which can only be interpreted to mean, "Why don't you try again before I dismiss this.")
    This guy is a great 4th Amendment follow
    Federal judge's Order 

  • $11.7 million a year. And that doesn't even include the amount side gigs he has which brings in a fortune. 

  • Legal nerdy stuff: A new case out of Houston says that if the trial judge incorrectly gives the defendant more jail time credit against his sentence than he actually had, there's nothing the State can do about it. The misdemeanor assault case actually arises out of incident where a fan slugged a New Orleans Pelicans coach at a Houston Rockets' game. Side note: The defendant won that battle but lost the war. Because of the same incident, he had a probation revoked in a separate case and received four years in prison. 
  • Messenger: Above the Fold