Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

That investigation concerned UT regent Wallace Hall who was ultimately never impeached. Rusty Hardin also represented the State in the failed Ken Paxton impeachment trial. I don't think we ever learned how much he made off of either.

  • Hunter Biden was found guilty yesterday.  This really throws a kink in the theory of "Biden has weaponized the Justice Department" and is also a little tricky for the Second Amendment worshipers who don't think you should have to fill out any forms to buy a gun. 

    • And this is how you respond if you are a president, a father, a decent human being, and a lover of democracy. 

    • The ink was hardly dry on the verdict form and a juror was already talking to CNN about it.

  • Oh, my.  A stolen van last night had a body inside. 

  • We had a modified Speed situation in Atlanta yesterday.

  • This is both disturbing yet predictable: I saw this story in the Texas Tribune this morning about the True Texas Project which is about to in Fort Worth . . . 

    • . . .  which led me to this reference to the West Texas Oilman Pac and the origin of the True Texas Project. . . 

    • . . . which led me to this reference to a True Texas podcast episode which got me curious . . . 

    • . . . so I looked at that video podcast and, sure enough, I found Wise County's state-rep-elect Andy Hopper whose election was funded by the West Texas Oilman PAC.

  • Legal Nerdy Stuff Update: Just when you thought the fiasco involving the ex parte meeting by the judge, prosecutor and witness in the Young Thug trial in Atlanta couldn't get any crazier, now the judge is ordering a hearing for all those who attended the (unethical) meeting because he wants to find out which one of them leaked the news about it.

  • I saw this headline and thought, "That kind of sounds like an old movie I saw." Sure enough, it inspired the 1995 movie To Die For, starring Nicole Kidman and Joaquin Phoenix.  She was 22 at the time of the murder. 

  • The Baltimore shipping channel has now reopened to ship traffic, but repairing the bridge will take a great deal longer. The bridge collapsed on March 30th after being hit by an outgoing cargo ship.

  • From the What-Could-Go-Wrong-Department, I saw this note from for Texas Monthly crime author Pamela Colloff:

  • More playoff teams -- as if we didn't have enough.

  • Collin County has a new online judicial record search, and it's great.