Skattershooting again . . . .
So I'm not writing as often? Last week may provide
an explanation: I was set for three separate jury trials in the County
Court at Law beginning on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. That
kind of schedule can take away from a guy's free time.
So you want know the outcome of the three trials?
Monday: Won a DWI case. Wednesday: Another DWI case, but my client pled
guilty to a lesser charge. Friday: Won another DWI case. Am I happy? You
bet. Do I expect, as a defense lawyer, to always have that kind of success?
No way. Do I feel lucky? Absolutely.
I'll give kudos, I suppose, to your county attorney,
Greg Lowery. He won't shy away from a tough case. Unfortunately, he is
working both of us to death.
I went to the Texas-OU football game a couple
of weeks ago. There is no greater spectacle in sports than the Red River
Shoot-out that takes place in the Cotton Bowl every October.
When I was leaving the game I walked through the
Midway. At 5:30 p.m., I saw one drunk guy punch another drunk guy in the
face. Good, wholesome family entertainment.
When I heard that a tornado went through Decatur,
my initial thought was "yeah, right". I was very wrong. The damage was
Baseball is only worth watching in the post season.
Probably one of the most gut wrenching articles
about the anthrax scare comes from Johanna Huden of the New York Post.
She contracted the disease and, in simple and easy to read English, explains
what the ordeal was/is like.
Attorney General John Ashcroft promises to pursue
the anthrax distributors and those that commit anthrax hoaxes with equal
vigor. If you don't mind, could you go after the real terrorists first?
After the Decatur tornado, my law partner got
up the next morning, grabbed his son and chain saw, and went to work cutting
away damaged branches in residential areas. He always makes realize how
little I contribute to society.
The greatest football invention in the last 20
years is the imaginary "yellow strip" that we see on TV to indicate where
the first down marker is located. Did you notice that Fox has discontinued
the practice because of the cost ($20,000) per game. Please bring it back.
I want you to rent the movie Memento.
I finally saw Meet The Parents the other
day on HBO. A very, very funny movie.
I had to smile when the cameras focused in on
Paul McCartney as he attended a recent playoff game at Yankee Stadium.
In between innings, the PA guy would play "Band on the Run" and "I Saw
Her Standing There". McCartney, all smiles, sang along like a school boy.
This won't mean much to those outside of law enforcement,
but when I was DA I was never a big fan of the North Central Texas Narcotics
Task Force. I refused many a case on the basis that I thought the
search or seizure crossed the line from a constitutional standpoint. I
couldn't help but smile the other day when the Fort Worth Court of Appeals
reversed one of their cases on the basis that its commander had no reason
to detain a driver on the side of the highway. See McQuarters v. State,
no. 2-00-198-CR (September 20, 2001). (Opinion here
in PDF format).
So Washington DC is now freaking about the mail
due to the anthrax scare. What about the millions of letters from kids
across the nation that enclosed $1 (to assist Afganistan children) at the
request of the President? Will they be opened?
With all of anthrax scares at all of the major
news networks, is it just a coincidence that NBC's Katie Couric hasn't
been seen in a couple of weeks?
I'm getting a bit tired of seeing New York City
mayor Rudy Giuliani on TV all of the time.
I'm not a big baseball fan, but I almost fell
out of my chair the other night when I saw Julio Franco up to bat for the
Atlanta Braves. I thought the former Ranger was long gone. A little research
reveals he had only played one game in the major leagues since 1997 and
his age is a mystery (he
is either 40 or 43).
Speaking of baseball, did you see that Ruben Sierra
was named Comeback Player of the Year?
I smell a rat. Gov. Rick Perry creates a "Task
Force on Homeland Security" (like we really need one) and names David
Dewhurst as vice-chairman. Hmmm. Dewhurst, you may have noticed, is spending
a ton of money on becoming Lt. Governor
for Texas. Coincidence? I think not.
How much do you think Bill Lewis, "MADD state
public policy liaison", earns?
Speaking of MADD, did you know that in 1994, according
to Money magazine's June 1995 issue, telemarketers raised $38.2
million for MADD but the telemarketers kept $18.5 million of the sum in
The execution happy State of Texas is sure behind
on its average. As of tonight, only 14 folks have been put to death by
your state government this year.
Comedy Central's The Man Show is very funny.
I have a friend at the courthouse who suggests
this: Call off the War on Drugs and place all that energy and money in
the fight against terrorism. Moreover, release every person in prison for
drugs in exchange for an agreement to go to the Middle East to fight terrorism.
Monday Night Football's Melissa Stark is still
Gas prices sure have plummeted (although the main
stream convenience stores on 287 in Decatur seem not to quite understand
the word "competition").
Is it any surprise that Texas AG John Cornyn has
announced he will run for the Senate seat to be vacated by Phil Gramm?
Doesn't it seem odd that Gramm is leaving the
Senate at the time a Texan has taken over the White House? I bet behind
the scenes that Gramm has been neglected by the Bush Administration and
he will have no part in such treatment.
Did you see that famous babe Christina Applegate
(Kelly on Married With Children) has become a bride?
Apparently the main insurer of the World Trade
Center issued a policy with a maximum of $3.5 billion per "occurrence".
When the attack his on September 11, 2001, did we have two occurrences
or one? At Pearl Harbor, was every bomb a single occurrence? It is
a multi-billion dollar question.
The ESPN behind the scenes look at Texas A&M
called "Sidelines" is horrible. Moreover, why in the world is it broadcast
only at 11:00 p.m. on Thursday nights?
Gov. Rick Perry took
part in a prayer service in a public school the other day and said
he would be willing to make it a campaign issue. "From my personal perspective
I think that a prayer life and a country that respects a higher being,
our God, is a stronger country. I believe that, and I think the vast majority
of the people in Texas and in this country believe that." Government
has no role in the sponsorship of prayer (I suspect you don't want an Islamic
prayer said at the beginning of every Alvord school day), and it certainly
isn't a "majority rules" issue. Perry is smart enough to know that, and
he is only engaging in obscene political pandering.
You probably heard that Rush Limbaugh is, in essence,
deaf. As a consequence, he is beginning to slur his words in a frightening
manner and it would appear that his career in radio is in jeopardy. Earlier
this year he signed the most lucrative commitment in the history of talk
radio -- reportedly $250 million dollars with a $35 million dollar signing
bonus until the year 2009. I wonder if this Clinton-Is-An-Evil-Man-Because-He-Told-A-Lie
guy mentioned his hearing problems before he signed off on the contract?
Barry Green served
as District Attorney for Wise and Jack Counties from 1993 through 2000.
He is now a partner in the Decatur law firm of Smith
& Green, P.C.
These web site pages are Copyright. Contents or HTML
representation and Graphics are Copyright 2000, Wise
County on the Web, and may not be copied or mirrored without prior