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Random Friday Morning Thoughts

The time that I got sued and won and didn't even learn about it until a week after it was all over.

  • Well it finally happened.

    • Quick thoughts: Am I big fan of this? Not really.  I think there are far  bigger crimes that needed to got first: The state Georgia election tampering case, the federal concealing of documents in Mar-a-Lago, and especially the federal January 6th Insurrection. But, if anything, at least the ice has been broken that the man is capable of being indicted. Let's get them all rolling. 
    • Just 48 hours ago:

    • There's lots of Republicans condemning the prosecution without even knowing what the charges or the facts are.

    • All signs indicate that Trump will surrender himself in New York on Tuesday with a spectacle that he will more than welcome. And, man, will be a crazy scene. But in the unlikely event that Trump would rather have the cameras show him being drug out of Mar-a-Lago in handcuffs, Gov. DeSantis said yesterday that he would help with that circus. 
      • DeSantis doesn't care that the Constitution as well as federal law actually require the extradition. (Who cares about silly laws, right?)
      • And, actually, if the State of Florida refused, the Manhattan D.A. could then petition a federal court in Florida to handle the extradition instead. 
    • I was curious how the New York Post would handle it. 
    • Trump is hard at it this morning.
  • The missing Newark man had been found "deceased in a shed next door to where he disappeared." From reading Facebook posts by at least one family member, they have a lot of angry questions. 

  • I'm so glad that Gwyneth Paltrow won this silly skiing accident trial.  If you want to see the moment during the trial when the Plaintiff lost his case, watch this clip when he strangely brought up Jeffrey Epstein's island while testifying.  And kudos to Paltrow for counter-suing for $1 and to the jury for awarding her the $1. Here is the video of the verdict being read.
  • So a guy, while on trial for a road rage for getting out of his vehicle and slashing another guy's tires with a machete, gets involved in a rage rage shooting on his way to the trial?  He'll be surprised to learn he was convicted and sentenced to 43 years. 
    • But wait, there's more!: "During the sentencing phase of the trial, jurors were told about three additional road rage incidents involving Williams — including two from 2021 in which he was accused of brandishing a machete and threatening drivers in Dallas County."
  • There's a guy on the loose after shooting at cops last night in Sunnyvale. Schools are closed there while police continue their manhunt. Honestly, I'm not real sure I had any idea where Sunnyvale was. 

  • Buried by the Trump headlines was news yesterday morning that a crazy Fort Worth federal judge completed gutted the Obamacare requirement that insurers pay for almost all of the preventive care.  Explainer.
  • And I feel sorry for this guy who also got buried by the Trump indictment news. 
  • Texas public schools might be saved after all! Don't accept their lies that they aren't trying to gut your local schools. 

  • Cowboys running back Tony Pollard got this gawd-awful tattoo.
  • Very legal nerdy stuff for criminal practitioners only: On Wednesday, the Court of Criminal Appeals refused to hear a lower court defense win on a Rodriguez prolonged detention issue.  But you have to read the dissent to not granting the PDR where three judges say to allow a prolonged-detention for a drug dog is actually doing drivers a favor because otherwise police are going to start arresting people on Class C violations to justify the searches to in order avoid a Rodriguez violation. (pp. 4-5.) 
  • 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, 270 days.


Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

PGA player Justin Dufner became a brief internet sensation as he visited a school in Dallas as part of a promotion for the Bryon Nelson. 

  • This happened before midnight last night. Moments ago the death toll was placed at nine soldiers. 

  • The Texas private school voucher program, which will gut rural schools by sending tax money to Christian private schools, is gaining serious traction. Wise County's representative appeared at a private school in Denton with Gov. Abbott this week to promote the bills.

    • Kudos to the Wise County Messenger for making this issue a front page story. 

  • New Fox News poll. Are the normal Republicans really going to allow his clown car to take the Party over the cliff?

    • Good lord. 

  • Yesterday, the Republican majority Texas House passed a bill which would give the jury the option of finding a defendant, after they had found him guilty of capital murder, to not be eligible for the death penalty because they also believed the defendant was suffering from "severe mental illness" (defined in the statute) at the time of the crime. The finding would instead cause the defendant to be sentenced to life in prison without parole.  Amazingly, Wise County Rep. Stuckey and Jacksboro's David Spiller voted against it. Have they lost their minds? 

  • Here's a nutty story. The U.S. Attorney's office says that the head of the San Jose Police Union has been dealing drugs, including fentanyl, from overseas using the police union's computers and office. 

    Above from the press release from the U.S. Attorney

    She was allegedly shipping to customers using the "SJPOA" -
    the San Jose Police Officer's Association mailing account

    Texts with her overseas suppliers

  • Before the Nashville school shooing fades from our memories . . . 

    • Instead, our politicians vow to protect and nurture the AR-15 . . . 

  • Kind of nerdy legal stuff about the Trump judge in Amarillo.  Here's the article. Here's the opinion it references. 

  • I really haven't watched much of the Gwyneth Paltrow trial, but apparently the plaintiff's lawyer keeps referring to himself as "a simple country lawyer", and it's driving people crazy

  • Messenger: Above the Fold


Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

I'm always curious how these cases turned out. This one was resolved over six years later when he pled to the misdemeanor of assault-bodily injury and received two years deferred adjudication. 

  • I'm not sure what's going on here, but the Wise County Sheriff's Office released this yesterday for an adult who went missing way back on February 9th. 

  • I'm sure you've seen the bodycam video of the Nashville cops stopping the mass shooter. If you haven't viewed the full six minute version, do yourself a favor and do it. The incredible bravery of the cops, and just the chilling feeling of what America has become. 

  • I guy stole a highway patrol car in California yesterday and then decided to jump out of it and run while it going 45 miles an hour. He didn't understand what would happen once his feet hit the pavement. It did not end well.

  • If you followed the Serial podcast about Adnan Syed, it probably caught your attention yesterday when you saw that his conviction had apparently been reinstated after it had famously been vacated by a trial judge after 23 years.

    • But this is a non-story. Maryland has some law that requires the notice be given to "victim's" families of any hearing. It wasn't done here so the appellate court just sent the case back to do it all over again with another hearing. It's just a procedural do-over and the same result will happen.

  • Another Trump Insurrectionist was sentenced and, once again, it was not enough.  And we've grown numb about how those "peaceful" protestors all came to D.C. with their assault gear. Although this guy was wearing a fashionable Austin-centric jacket as well.

  • I appreciate Chris Christie trying to be the voice of reason in the Republican Party, but he stands no chance of winning. 

  • Wise County's troubled congressman Ronny Jackson went viral yesterday after the Internet mob accused him of looking like he was doing drugs on the House floor. It is one strange video, and the comments are wild.

  • I very bad wreck in West shut down I-35 for hours yesterday. An 18-wheeler plowed into two troopers and a firefighter who were working a previous wreck. 

  • Sports: The Mean Green just knocked off Wisconsin to get the the NIT finals.  Amazingly, Wisconsin didn't score a single point in the last nine minutes. 

  • The Party of limited government wants to control your locally elected prosecutors and judges if they don't act the way the Party wishes in Texas . . .