Saturday, September 17, 2016

Chris Christie

People think it's easy being an old white guy threatened by change of any kind, particularly progress.  It's not easy.


Another good friend from Cat Spring died.

Obituary for Brian Gerrard Pierce Sr.

BRIAN GERRARD PIERCE, SR., 63, of Cat Spring, Texas, passed away Thursday, September 15, 2016, in Bellville, Texas.

He was born February 10, 1953, in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Bevly and Catherine (Starlone) Pierce. Brian grew up and attended schools in Westwego, Louisiana.

Brian was united in marriage to Jean Percle on November 10, 1973, in Westwego, Louisiana. They moved to Texas, making their home in Cat Spring. He was employed with Diamond Offshore Drilling as a Quality and Assurance Inspector for over 30 years.

An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed raising cattle, fishing and hunting, skeet shooting and cooking. Brian cherished his time spent surrounded by family and friends.

Brian is survived by his wife, Jean Pierce of Cat Spring; daughters: Joy Pierce of Cat Spring and Mindy Hussey and husband, Garry, of San Antonio; son: Brian Pierce, Jr. and wife, Tonya, of Cat Spring; sisters: Mary Ann Steen of Houma, LA, and Cathleen Dunn of Dayton; brothers: Morgan Pierce and wife, Paula, of Harvey, LA, and David Pierce and wife, Maxine, of Gibson, LA; grandchildren: William Austin Pierce, Brianna Trahan, Katelynn Pierce, Seth Trahan, Landen Hussey, Peyton Hussey and Jenna Hussey and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bevly and Catherine Pierce and brother, Bruce Pierce.

Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the Austin County Unit of the American Cancer Society, ℅ Vernice Luhn, 1710 Meissner Road, Bellville, Texas 77418 or to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, P.O. Box 15186, Austin, Texas 78761



Trump Lawyers Fail In Bid To Delay Trump University Trial

by jonathanturley
495px-Donald_Trump_by_Gage_SkidmoreThe Trump legal team lost a major motion in San Diego that could have political consequences when U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel refused to move the plannedNovember 28th trial date in the Trump University fraud case. Trump attorney Daniel Petrocelli wanted the trial moved to January 2. Petrocelli argued that it was his not Trump's schedule in November that needed to be accommodated due to another trial.


Who Let The Dogs Out? Clinton Allies Under Fire As David Brock Offers Cash For Trump Tapes While Blumenthal Named As Person Peddling Birther Attack in 2008

by jonathanturley
220px-sidney_blumenthal_2006The campaign just got even more heated with questions again raised over the media's balance in reporting. First, David Brock is back in the news. Brock has been widely attacked for what critics view as sleazy and vicious work on behalf of Hillary Clinton. You may recall Bernie Sanders denouncing Clinton for her continue alliance with Brock and use of his controversial PAC organizations. Clinton has refused to denounced Brock or to discourage Democrats from working with or contributing to his PACs. Now, Brock has offered money to anyone who produces damaging video or audio tapes against Trump. In the meantime, Sidney Blumenthal is back in the news.Blumenthal has long been denounced as an "attack dog" for Clinton and something of a rumor spreader. He was so radioactive that the Obama Administration took the rare step to blocking Clinton's effort to bring Blumenthal into the State Department. Blumenthal earned the nickname "Sid Vicious" for what critics call his lethal targeting of anyone who is a political threat to Clinton. However, Clinton has refused to separate herself from Blumenthal and he continues to be a close confidant. Now, after virtually all of the media from CNN to the New York Times insisted that Trump had lied about Clinton playing the birther card before Trump, reporters have stated that indeed it was not just a couple of Clinton campaign workers (who either resigned or were later fired) but Blumenthal who spread that claim in 2008. Blumenthal denies the story, but the journalist insists that Blumenthal personally pressured him to pursue the story and told him that Obama was born in Kenya. The most recent controversies again raise questions of the Clinton camps use of such people and the media's reporting.


Tennessee Teacher Who Confessed To Statutory Rape With Five Students Receives No Jail Time

by jonathanturley
marquita-alston1Marquita Alston, 24, was a teacher at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School who pleaded guilty to five counts of statutory rape with five different 17-year old boys, including encounters on school property. What is very surprising is that five counts of statutory rape by a teacher results in no jail time and only five years of probation.


Dehydration was cause of death for man who died in Milwaukee jail awaiting psych exam

Sep 19, 2016, 8:00 am CDT

Louisiana courts are so strapped for public defenders, civil attorneys are used for criminal cases

Sep 16, 2016, 4:05 pm CDT

Lobbyist claims that child porn charge was filed to make him cooperate with FBI corruption probe

Sep 16, 2016, 3:44 pm CDT




Suspended lawyer charged with carrying loaded gun into courthouse on day of his disbarment hearing

A Florida lawyer was arrested Thursday after the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said courthouse security found a loaded firearm in his backpack as he arrived for his disbarment hearing, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
James Franklin Lowy, of Clearwater, did not have a concealed weapons permit and was charged with a felony for carrying a concealed weapon. Security officers at the Pinellas County Justice Center saw the gun’s outline in an X-ray machine. The .45-caliber Ruger handgun was loaded and had a round in the chamber.
Last year the Florida Bar suspended Lowy’s law license indefinitely for “causing great public harm” concerning $60,000 that went missing from a trust account.
On Friday, a Pinellas county judge set Lowy’s bail at $10,000 and ordered that, if released, he wear a GPS monitor and stay at his home except for work, worship, school or therapy, and also to surrender any other weapons he might have. The newspaper reported that Lowy was still in jail Friday morning.
This was not Lowy’s first brush with courthouse security. In 2002, courthouse security in New Port Richey found a small pipe in his briefcase that tested positive for marijuana residue. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia and was put on probation.
Lowy, 49, had financial problems in recent years that came to light when a bank foreclosed on the property for Vegas Showgirls, a St. Petersburg strip club owned by a company he headed, the Tampa Bay Times reported in 2014.
Lowy also owned a liquor store next door to the club.
Forced prostitution allegedly took place at Vegas Showgirls, which led to two trials in 2014 concerning human trafficking, with a no-contest plea from one man and a not guilty verdict for another. Managers at the club said the men were not its employees and that the club was not involved in the wrongdoing.


Dehydration was cause of death for man who died in Milwaukee jail awaiting psych exam

“Profound dehydration” was the cause of death for a Milwaukee man who died in custody while awaiting a court-ordered psychiatric examination.
Terrill Thomas’ April 24 death has been ruled a homicide by the county medical examiner’s office, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Inmates say they heard Thomas, whom the medical examiner said had bipolar disorder, beg for water days before he died, according to the newspaper. Officers reportedly turned off water in Thomas’ cell, six days prior to his death, because he’d flooded it and was acting erratically.
Thomas, 38, was arrested April 15 for shooting a man in the chest and allegedly firing a gun at a casino, according to the Journal Sentinel.
Charges against Thomas, 38, included first-degree reckless injury, possession of a firearm by a felon, recklessly endangering safety and theft of a dangerous weapon, Fox6Now reported in April.
Celia Thomas, his mother, has said that her son got upset when someone stole his Mercedes Benz on April 13. Terrill Thomas then caused a scene, because he couldn’t watch a gas station’s surveillance video. That prompted police to visit his mother’s home. She asked them to take him into custody, Fox6Now reports, but was told they couldn’t do that unless it appeared that he had committed a crime.
On April 14, he allegedly fired several shots toward a group of men when he thought he saw the man who made the theft; a 25-year-old man was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest. Celia Thomas told police that the shooter was her son.
A few hours later, on April 15, he was arrested at the Potowatomi Hotel & Casino. Terrill Thomas told police he’d seen “a whole lot of snakes” in the casino. Witnesses told Fox6Now that Terrill Thomas had fired two shots, but no one was hit.
The homicide ruling in Thomas’ death does not mean that county jail employees committed a crime, the Journal Sentinel reports, and the medical examiner uses the term to indicated a death “at the hands of another.”
The district attorney’s office would not comment on whether it will press charges, according to the Journal Sentinel. A statement from the Milwaukee County sheriff’s office said it would not comment on the matter, or commence an internal investigation, until outside reviews and investigations, including civil lawsuits, were finished.
Tiffany Robertson, Thomas’ cousin, told the newspaper that her family was speaking about their options with a lawyer.
“I never want another family to have to feel like what we feel like right now,” she said.



Dash cam video shows unarmed 

black man with hands in air

 before Tulsa police shoot 

him dead





Arizona Supreme Court decision on intent makes child diapering a potential crime, dissent argues

An Arizona Supreme Court decision interpreting the state’s child molestation statute is bad news for caregivers, according to a dissent that is attracting press attention.
Parents in Arizona who change an infant’s soiled diaper or bathe a toddler are committing a felony as a result of last week’s 3-2 decision(PDF), the dissenters argued in Holle v. Arizona. The dissent convinced Slate, which called the majority opinion “stunning and horrifying.”
The Arizona Supreme Court majority held that prosecutors need not prove that a defendant who is prosecuted for child molestation or child abuse was motivated by a sexual interest.
The molestation and child-abuse laws do not require proof of sexual interest as an element of the crime, but they allow a defendant to raise lack of a sexual-interest motivation as an affirmative defense, according to the majority opinion. “The statutes are clear and unambiguous,” the majority said. “We must apply those statutes as written.”
The majority rejected the defendant’s contention that the laws violate due process. The defendant’s “bare assertion that, absent a sexual motivation element, [the statutes] will hypothetically lead to absurd prosecutions does not warrant ignoring the plain language of the subject statutes,” the majority said. “We cannot and will not assume that the state will improperly prosecute persons who, though perhaps technically violating the terms of broad statutes … clearly engaged in reasonable, acceptable and commonly permitted activities involving children.”
If prosecutors did charge parents for changing diapers, an as-applied challenge to the law “would likely have merit in light of parents’ fundamental, constitutional right to manage and care for their children,” the majority said.
The two dissenters concluded that the majority’s reading of the statutes creates a vagueness problem that renders them unconstitutional.
Slate noted Fordham law professor John Pfaff’s Twitter comments on the decision. He warned that the majority ignores the power prosecutors can wield in plea bargaining by threatening prosecution under the statutes. “If I owned a daycare center” in Arizona, he wrote, “I’d be closing down and moving to another state.”

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