Random Friday Morning Thoughts

Update: He received 90 months in prison and was released in July of 2019. But the man could kick.

  • The video of the beating which led to the man's death will be released this evening on YouTube. The way everyone is asking for calm makes you think it must be very, very bad. 

  • Remember those high gas prices? Chevron suddenly just has billions for a stock buy-back. We're all suckers.

  • More Russian bombs dropped on Ukraine . . . 

    • . . . Correction: 

  • Government gigs are the best gigs. Especially when they run you off.  

  • A suspended police officer was found not guilty in Wichita Falls yesterday. You don't have to get too far into the story before you realize why: What a convoluted mess. Defense lawyers were Reagan Wynn of Fort Worth and David Guinn of Lubbock -- pretty big hitters. The special prosecutor was Ted Steinke. (I knew I had heard Steinke's name -- most recently because of his connection to a case involving a wheels off Dallas judge.)

  • Passing courtroom observation. I haven't watched a great deal of the sensational murder trial going on in South Carolina right now against attorney Alex Murdaugh but, from what I've seen, the prosecutor (Creighton Waters) is really, really good.  And everyone's southern accents are fantastic. 

  • Legal nerdy stuff (which is important to criminal practitioners): The other day I received a general Brady notice from the prosecutors office - a notice that something is very wrong with a witness -  concerning a chemist from DPS. He had ended up being sanctioned by DPS for the mishandling of evidence. But get this: I learned yesterday that the the chemist's name does not necessarily appear on the lab report for the case even though the chemist was exclusively in charge of the blood tubes during the process of analysis. There's absolutely no way to know the chemist was involved unless the prosecutor's office tells you. Fortunately, in Wise County, our prosecutors will do this. I bet that's not the case elsewhere. 
  • Legal nerdy stuff: The Fort Worth Court of Appeals yesterday enforced an arbitration clause in a complicated legal malpractice case filed in Wise County. I mention it only because some local lawyers are involved in the litigation (but not the subject of the malpractice claim).
  • This is right on point. Dak had his chance for "the" moment. Instead it was a miserable three and out. 

  • 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, 206 days.
  • Messenger: Above the Fold.