Random Friday Morning Thoughts

Natalie Portman at Baylor/Texas. And the game looked entertaining. 

  • Re: Yesterday's weather prediction. Here is the radar as you woke up this morning. I've once again proven to be the Most Trusted Man in Weather.

  •  This is most heat I've seen on the $300,000 Man so far. 

    • I've decided that the powers-at-be made the decision that McCraw wouldn't be fired or resign until after the election.  Abbott's campaign probably thought that his exit would give Beto a talking point so keeping the status quo was the safest court of action. 
  • New this morning

  • Trump will be back by Monday, right?

    • Twitter is now a private company. If you owned a share as of the close of business yesterday, you'll be paid the amount Musk upon which agreed to buy you out: $54.20 a share. Five days ago, people still weren't sure the sale would go through. You could have bought it for $50 on Monday.

    • I find it almost inconceivable that some merger and acquisitions lawyer pushed a button last night and $44 billion was electronically transferred. But that is what happened. 
  • Meta's (Facebook's) stock plummeted yesterday. It is down a jaw-dripping 70% this year. 

  • Good. And what a weird name.

  • Dateline: Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. They think the fire was set to cover up a homicide. 

  • I like hot mics in general. 

  • Pageant drama.

  • Man, that's a wild jump.


  • Very legal nerdy stuff: This perjury case was reversed yesterday by the Fort Worth Court of Appeals because of a jury instruction was given about a specific section of the law that is on the books but which most criminal lawyers, including me, have never heard of. (CCP 38.22 §4.) And it had absolutely no application to the trial. How screwed up was the trial?: (1) There was "expert testimony" before the jury as to whether the language of the that law applied to the case. That's bizarre. And the court of appeals didn't exactly like it. See footnote 23. (2) And the jury was given a "special issue" on that law in addition to the guilty/not guilty verdict form. Say what? 

    • Here are the players. There were special prosecutors brought in. 

    • For those of you who take a deep-dive into that case, that's a heck of a probation disqualification provision buried in the statute which governs the admissibility of written confessions, isn't it? 
  • 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: 3 years, 115 days.
  • Messenger: Above the Fold