Random Friday Morning Thoughts

Highland Park High School was in the middle of a series of mysterious bomb threats that had the high-tone community in a tizzy.  Eventually, a single 16 year old student would be charged. I'm not sure whatever happened to him.

  • I'm not sure I've ever seen winds like that yesterday. I told you to keep your head on a swivel.
    • There are lots of photos of the storm out there, but this one in Weatherford was pretty good. The courthouse is to the right. Edit: A faithful reader at for the Wise County courthouse annex has informed me this photo is fake. Upon review, my source (the link) was the Star-Telegram and they attributed the photo as being from Facebook and originally posted by the Parker County Judge Pat Deen. The paper has now issued a correction and pretty much blamed the county judge. 

    • Here's the other good pic from the Messenger's office.

  • That was quick. 

    • The jury barely had time to read the verdict form and elect a foreperson. 
    • My own personal standard for what is "beyond a reasonable doubt" is very high.  But even I could have been talked into a guilty verdict. Maybe.  But I'm probably the worst State's juror you could possibly have. 
    • That being said, the speed of the guilty verdict is a little unsettling.
    • In this age of everyone-is-a-celebrity, a juror has already given an interview to Good Morning America.

    • The judge did a good job but he did a little grandstanding when he overruled a Defendant's motion to override the verdict: "The evidence of guilt is overwhelming. I deny the motion." Hey, just deny it. 
    • One thing that bugs me after any big trial is that suddenly every TV and radio commentator believes everything the losing side lawyers did was wrong and everything the winning side did was right.
    • Side note: Man, Murdaugh is a big guy.

  • Anyone check on her insanity or competency? Unlike the press release from the Tarrant County DA's office below, the Star-Telegram says there was evidence that she suffers from mental illness and "hears voices."  Andrea Yates anyone?

  • That was the maximum sentence for a 27 year old, and I wondered why in this Intoxication Manslaughter case out of Collin County. I got my answer: He had a blood-alcohol content of 0.377 and he had a prior DWI conviction out of Tarrant County.

  • In other DWI news:

  • Florida proposes as many weird laws as the Texas far right-wing.  The party of "small government"? Story.

  • Most "normal" Republicans are avoiding CPAC this week which has turned into an Ultra-MAGA convention as of the last few years. But Ted Cruz still goes and plays to the crazy Turmp hardliners,
  • That was a very weird experiment.

  • 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, 242 days.