Random Friday Morning Thoughts

A decade later, I still love that teaser/trailer/commercial. And here's a breakdown of Ozymandias on Wikipedia.

  • I don't think we yet realize just how a significant day yesterday was. It's the most significant prosecution of Trump yet, and it has to be done. The consequences of letting him get away with all that led up to January 6th is too great.   

    • The courtroom sketches seem to cement the need to have cameras in the courtroom. 

    • He's still a clear and present danger to the United States.

  • Pretty emotional video clip filmed while fighting the Runaway Bay fire. 

  • Greg Abbott's buoys have already killed a child. "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in."

  • Did the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office just kill another one? 

  • "THROCKMORTON (KFDX/KJTL) — Throckmorton County sheriff resigns, blames lack of help. Doc Wigington, resigned unexpectedly Thursday blaming a lack of help with law enforcement. According to a social media post, he said that for 8 months, he has been without a full-time deputy and only a couple of part-time deputies and that the trooper and game warden are being deployed to the border and Austin."  I'd quit, too.

  • I love that the Justice Department is still rounding up the Insurrectionists. We learned yesterday that they got this guy from Brady on Monday.

  • So your just paying $1 million when you didn't do anything wrong?

  • Wise County Courthouse renovation: I can't get it to work on my laptop, but when viewed from a phone, you can get a panoramic view of the third floor of the courthouse which is now gutted.  For those familiar with it, you can now walk straight from the jury/commissioners room all the way to the other side. All the walls are gone.
    Taken from jury room looking east. The two doors are the bathrooms.

  • Legal/local stuff: A Wise County criminal case was affirmed on appeal late yesterday.  Very legal nerdy stuff: The decision deals with an interesting "commitment question" during voir dire regarding the range of punishment.  The the trial judge ruled, and the appellate court agreed, that you can't ask this:

    • Nerdy stuff continued: The defense lawyer was trying to get the hard-liners stricken for cause. The way to do it seems to be limited to asking: "Could you assess the minimum punishment of 25 years." That question is OK.  From the defense standpoint, you hope they will be honest and say "no." Then the judge would have to remove them for not being able to consider the "full range of punishment" of 25 years to life.
  • 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: 4 years and 30 days.