Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts

A Georgia deputy was indicted for lying in a search warrant about drugs being in the home. He was later acquitted.

  • This jury verdict that got my attention.  The capital murder charge rejected by the jury would have resulted in an automatic real 40 year sentence.  Now the jury will deliberate on punishment which includes anywhere from 5 to 99 years in prison (eligible for parole after 1/2 the term but not to exceed 30 years) and they will also have the option of probation. The defense lawyers are Jack Strickland and Steve Gebhart, and the prosecutors are Larry Whelchel and A. Salinas.

    • I would have thought Strickland was retired and living a life of luxury by now. He prosecuted Cullen Davis in the 1970s.

  • For some reason, the Republicans held hearings yesterday on COVID and Dr. Fauci.  It's about a relevant as Hunter Biden's laptop. The hearing went about like you would expect.

    • I'm not sure what a person convicted for his involvement in the January 6th Insurrection was doing in the background making faces. His name is Brandon Fellows and was sentenced to 42 months in prison in 2021 but was released a few days ago. 

  • Proper PD got what?

  • This grandson of Rep. John Rose went a little viral yesterday but . . . 

    • . . . then you realize Rose is known for this . . . 

  • The Hunter Biden gun case continues today with the first witness being called. The trial deals with checking of the  "no" box on purchase form 4473 when asked if he was an illegal user of, or addicted to, illegal drugs. Honestly, that's a weird question. Couldn't anyone just honestly believe, "I did and I was, but I quit for good last week." 

    • It seems kind of important that three years after the form was filled out on the day of purchase, the gun dealer made an alteration to a portion of that form -- at least to the part the store had previously filled out.
    • But yesterday the judge ruled that alteration evidence was inadmissible
  • Whoa. In Minnesota: 

  • The sale of the Mavericks by Mark Cuban, a known Trump hater, to this lady gets curiouser and curiouser.

  • It's official: There will be no more Trump trials for the rest of the year.

  • Legal nerdy stuff:  New templates for domestic violence temporary orders -- civil TRO's that judges can enter when faced with a claim of domestic violence once he/she makes a finding that violence is "likely" to continue in the future -- were released yesterday by the State of Texas. Note who has an exception for gun possession once the judge makes that finding:

  • The Entertainment News Second™. Netflix releases Hit Man, directed by Richard Linklater, on Friday. It is loosely based on this Skip Hollandsworth article from Texas Monthly in 2001.  The reviews are glowing.