The Spin
A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 6/19/04:

The Story Harvey Joe Hanson receives a 75 year sentence for attempted capital murder which means he will not be eligible for parole until he is 82. (The victim, who had an "on again, off again" relationship with Hanson, received "cuts on her wrist and abrasions on her neck".)
News worthiness (on a scale of 0 to 5) ****
The Spin And in other news, the jurors announced they were in a really bad mood.  "And let me tell you, I was thinking of a sentence of about five years but then it dawned on me that I'm making $10 a day. Heck, my Christian charity went right out the window at that point," said one ficticious juror.

The Story Charles Wilhite writes a Letter to the Editor reflecting on his years as County Judge. He recalled a young man who was charged with marijuana possession but Wilhite decided "to make his punishment as light as possible." The man eventually turned out fine and thanked Wilhite several years later.
News worthiness **
The Spin Too bad this was before the War on Drugs. We missed out on a perfectly good chance to ruin a kid's life.

The Story Justice of the Peace C.D. Archer rules the State failed to prove its case and order almost all the of allegedly malnourished horses returned to her.
News worthiness ***
The Spin Mighty big huevos for a justice of the peace (especially with Fox 4 News circling like a vulture).

The Story Archer's decision leads to an onslaught of Letters to the Editor suggesting that Archer is suffering from "low blood sugar", calling his ruling an "abomination", and claiming we need a "hanging judge" like a state district judge in Houston.
News worthiness *
The Spin A human being can be bludgeoned to death and no one bats an eye. Mistreat a horse or a Dallas Zoo gorilla and people go nuts.

The Story Wise County residents go crazy buying lottery tickets for a chance to win $145 million.
News worthiness *
The Spin One unidentified and extremely fictitious resident said, "Hey, Jim Bob, my cousin, got struck by lightening a couple of years ago. What were the odds of that happening? A hundred to one or something like that? And I ain't even been struck by lightening so I'm feeling pretty lucky of gettin' all the numbers right. That makes sense, right?"

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