Wednesday, November 30, 2016

State Bar Email Scam Reported

Preparing for possible trial tomorrow. I always have a good time doing that....said no one ever.

Having one of those days where I can't think of whom to blame for my problems....Bush, Obama and Trump are not as satisfying to me anymore.  It might be you.

Now that I have successfully photographed and photoshopped everyone on i can confidently say: expect to be disappointed.


One of my favorite pictures I took (while standing precariously atop a pick up truck) of our Cat Spring neighbors on one of their first major trail rides


Among Trump's potential SCOTUS picks, these rate highest for 'Scalia-ness,' study says

Nov 30, 2016, 7:00 am CST

Lock up or toss out the flag-burners? Trump tweet highlights a difference with Scalia

Nov 29, 2016, 2:37 pm CST


California considers general ethical ban on lawyer sex with clients

Nov 29, 2016, 8:30 am CST


Arrest records of civil rights leader are unearthed; persistent lawyer sought them for 15 years

U.S. Rep. John Lewis of the 5th District of Georgia.
At first, Nashville city officials said there were no arrest records in existence for U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a Democratic congressman from Georgia who was the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee from 1963-1966.
But officials unearthed mug shots and arrest records stemming from Lewis’ efforts to desegregate lunch counters in the early 1960s, following repeated requests by lawyer and local historian David Ewing, report the Associated Press and the Tennessean.
Nashville Mayor Megan Berry presented the records to Lewis earlier this month at Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet high school when he was in the city to receive a literary award for his graphic novel trilogy about the civil-rights movement, March. The third book in the trilogy was also a 2016 National Book Award Winner for Young People’s Literature.
The Tennessean says Ewing is “known for uncovering the cool and quirky items of Nashville history.” He first requested Lewis’ arrest records about 15 years ago, and he kept asking even though he was told the records didn’t exist. The last time he inquired, he was directed to the recently unearthed files, which were being used to teach police recruits.
“It’s one of the most memorable moments I have had in research history,” Ewing told the Tennessean. “It inspires a whole new generation to stand up and not be afraid.”
The records Ewing received were from three arrests, in 1961, 1962 and 1963; the arrests were for disorderly conduct, breach of the peace and resisting arrest.
Lewis told the AP that Nashville had been the site of his first arrest, and that in the course of his civil rights work he had been arrested 45 times. “I’m probably going to be arrested again,” he said to the news service.
“You have a moral obligation, a mission and a mandate to stand up to speak out,” Lewis, a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, told the assembled students at the presentation, the Tennessean reports. “We need your energy, your commitment, the dedication of our youth to lead us to a better place. We need you now more than ever before.”
The arrest records will be on display at the Nashville Public Library.



Two federal defenders in Omaha discover they are half sisters

Julie Hansen and Kelly Mahoney Steenbock both excelled in academics and were determined to attend college and law school, despite growing up poor in households that could not pay for their higher education.
Both got jobs after law school in county public defender offices, and both eventually became public defenders for the U.S. District Court in Nebraska, report U.S. Courts and an August article by the Omaha World Herald.
They discovered they were half sisters during a conversation in March 2015 in which Steenbock, who was new to the federal PD’s office, answered questions about her background. Steenbock and Hansen had both been raised in Bellevue, Nebraska, but they didn’t know each other and didn’t attend the same high school. It turned out, they had the same father.
Hansen’s mother was only 16 when Hansen was born, and her father never acknowledged her existence. She was raised at her maternal grandmother’s house, with her mother and her mother’s siblings all pitching in. She tried contacting her father after graduating with honors from high school, but he did not reply.
Kelly Mahoney Steenbock’s father was a trucker who was rarely around. He was a heavy drinker and eventually her parents split up. Her mother became a secretary to support the family. Her father had a sister, known as Terry, and his mother ran a yarn and hobby store.
As Steenbock questioned Hansen, Hansen gave her father’s full name and his hometown, and she mentioned Terry and the yarn store. The women realized they were siblings.
“On a random day, at a random moment during the most random of conversations, a door no one dreamed about opened,” writes the Omaha World Herald. “Consider the coincidence. There are 1.9 million Nebraskans. Of these, 5,600 are attorneys in active practice. Of that share, 2,400 work in Omaha. Of all the lawyers in Omaha, on the third floor of the north red brick tower at 15th and Douglas are eight attorneys. And two are sisters.”




Another view of our house in Cat Spring before we built the arena.


Our children are listening to us and learning.  Fast becoming my favorite model.  But I still don't believe her when  I asked for payment and she said she would put it in the mail.

November 30, 2016 
Dear Member,

We are writing to inform you that an email scam that uses false notifications of disciplinary actions is targeting members of the State Bar of Texas.

Several members have reported receiving an email claiming a grievance had been filed against them and that they had 10 days to respond. The email invites them to “click here” for more information.

The email is not from the State Bar of Texas or the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel. (Neither of these entities sends out disciplinary notices via email.)

Attorneys in other states have reported receiving similar email notices purporting to be from their state bars. In those cases, the lawyer was instructed to click on a link to view the complaint, which loaded a malicious software called ransomware that blocks computer access until a sum of money is paid.

If you receive this type of email, delete it immediately.



Hyatt v. Thomas No. 15-10708
Before HIGGINBOTHAM, DENNIS, and CLEMENT, Circuit Judges.
AFFIRMED. (November 18, 2016).
Posted in Civil Rights, Fourteenth Amendment, Qualified Immunity
The family of Jason Hyatt appealed the District Court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Officer Brianna Thomas on their § 1983 claim related to Hyatt's suicide while in police custody. The Fifth Circuit agrees that, taken in the light most favorable to the Hyatts, record evidence could lead a reasonable jury to conclude that Thomas was subjectively aware of a substantial risk that Hyatt would attempt to commit suicide. But, the Court does not find that Thomas disregarded the risk by failing to take reasonable measures to abate it. Specifically, the Court finds that Thomas withheld from Hyatt the most obvious potential ligature, placed him under video surveillance, and directed her relieving officer to keep a close watch over him. Although these measures were ultimately, and tragically, insufficient, the Court cannot say that they constitute deliberate indifference. Thus, the Court affirms the judgment of the District Court granting summary to Thomas on grounds of qualified immunity. In closing, the Court acknowledges that America faces an epidemic of suicide by individuals in custody and stresses that more can and must be done to address suicides in prisons and jails. 
On Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas (Sam R. Cummings).
Attorney for Appellant - Scott Charles Medlock, Austin, TX
Attorney for Appellee - Charles Clark Self, III, Abilene, TX



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