Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

That Farmer's Branch lawsuit was over an ordinance which prevented private landlords from renting to undocumented aliens. It never went into effect, but legal bills cost the city over $8 million. And it was all spearheaded because of Mayor Tim O'Hare who is now the administrative County Judge of Tarrant County.

  • We've got an Anti-Gaza Invasion protest in Fort Worth this morning outside of General Dynamics.

  • I said yesterday that I didn't know much about the newly elected Brandon Gill who will become Wise County's Congressman along with Ronny Jackson, but yesterday Wired magazine educated me. Good lord.

  • "The armorer faces up to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine after the involuntary-manslaughter conviction, according to the AP."  I'm not too bent out of shape about the conviction, but she doesn't need to be put in a cage for this mistake. 

  • I'm not sure I've ever heard of this guy.  When he ran for Congress in Tarrant County he got less than 3% of the vote. 

  • Having a ton of drama students show up at a school board meeting and passionately tell you that you are out of your collective minds apparently works:

  • I haven't followed this case at all (I hate the Eagles), but it somehow got derailed because, of all things, a document dump in the middle of trial by singer Don Henley. Prosecutors had to dismiss it shortly after it started. (That's a free link to the story.) 

  • I asked on the Monday after Paxton's acquittal why the House Republicans risked the impeachment if they were not 100% sure the Senate would convict. I still wonder that. 

  • State Rep. Glenn Rogers (Parker, Palo Pinto, and Stephens Counties) was defeated by the Oilmen PAC and went scorched earth yesterday in the Weatherford Democrat. He's not wrong. 

  • When I first saw the plans for the proposed new baseball stadium for the A's in Las Vegas, I thought I was being punked. Nope, it's legit.

  • I don't think I ever mentioned that the big bucks for jury service went up starting last year.
  • Legal Nerdy Stuff: Florida passed an "Anti-WOKE" law which is as dumb as it sounds because it prevented private employers from engaging in any type of diversity training. Well, the 11th Circuit struck it down on Monday on First Amendment grounds (infringing private speech based upon content), and it has one of the greatest first paragraphs ever: 

  • Extremely legal nerdy stuff for practitioners only: I complain about people being prosecuted for traffic accidents all the time, and yesterday a Texas court overturned a manslaughter conviction in an auto-pedestrian case because the State failed to prove the often misunderstood legal standard of criminal "recklessness." 
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