Thursday, July 13, 2017


Wonder if it has occurred to Trump that he could pardon any member of his family for any crime they choose to commit?

For those doubters, Trump proved today that he is physically stronger than France's First Lady.  Once again making an impression on the world.

Can we at least consider mandatory book reading of all our Presidents?  Would that harm us?

Truth/Fake.  I don't know why we all can't use the  system I've used all my life.  It's so simple:  If you hear it from a gypsy, it's true.

Is there anyone in the United States (world?) that doesn't feel an urgent need for us to find an immediate cure for narcissism?

It is often said that no one should see how sausage is made.


U.S. Courts News

Drug Trade Fuels Federal Prison Population

Nearly half of all inmates in federal prison were convicted of drug-related offenses, and most inmates are young, minority men, according to the latest research of incarcerated federal offenders from the U.S. Sentencing Commission.



Houston oil giant makes a huge find in the Gulf of Mexico

The first exploration well drilled by a private company off the coast of Mexico has struck a significant amount of oil.
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Man accused in brutal Hedwig Village slaying has criminal past

Police revealed during a Tuesday evening press conference that 79-year-old Janeil Bernard was killed by her maid's son, who they said had confessed to the crime.
Hedwig Police Chief David A. Gott said, "It's certainly my recommendation that they seek the death penalty in this case."
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Mysterious Galveston yacht captain living under false identity gets 3 years in prison

GALVESTON — The Galveston yacht captain caught living a double life under a secret
 alias was sentenced Wednesday to three years in federal prison, resolving one 
case but leaving unanswered questions about the mysterious deaths of her husband
and young child nearly three decades ago.
Cynthia Knox — known for years to island residents as Capt. Christina White —
 choked up in court before the sentence was handed down over her use
of a dead child's name in an effort to start over amid investigations at the
time into the family members' deaths in California.
The 53-year-old League City woman mouthed desperate last words to her
supporters as she was led away after offering a somber statement framing
 her arrest as a chance at a "clean slate."
But prosecutors described the motive in the case as "egregious" and the background as "perhaps even gruesome," citing ties to the two deaths, which together netted a hefty insurance payout.
"Your Honor, she changed her identity to hide from her relationship to these deaths,
 and the financial windfall she gained from this should not be ignored," Assistant
U.S. Attorney Adam Goldman said as he argued for a three-year prison term.
Knox's attorney, John T. Floyd III, heartily objected, pointing out there was
 "not a shred of evidence" connecting his client to the deaths.
"Honestly, I was disgusted by their attempts to allude that she had anything to do
with the death of her daughter," he said in response to the prosecution's claims.
From Captain's false identity held secret
The chain of events that sparked Knox's transition into the locally beloved
 "Captain Christina" started back in November 1988, when her then-husband,
Harold "Skeeter" Lyerla, was found brutally stabbed to death in the
 couple's Lompoc home, about 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
The following year, a landscaping contractor named Victor Parea was convicted
of first-degree murder in the slaying and sentenced to 56 years in prison.
But a police investigator in the case remained convinced that Knox and
another man — her lover, John Litchfield — were somehow involved.
For years, Parea maintained that he'd been "set up," but in a 2012 parole hearing
 he alleged that Litchfield had paid him $4,000 for the slaying.
Prosecutors said Wednesday that there's evidence Litchfield forked over at least
$2,000. But they said Litchfield maintains that money was for landscaping work —
not for murder.
Litchfield bought Knox a $12,500 diamond ring and they married on May 6, 1989,
just as Parea's murder trial got underway. The pair divorced two months after the
 trial ended, but apparently stayed together.
"What happened next is a matter of court record," Goldman told the court.
First, Knox's infant daughter Kajsa nearly died from swallowing too much Advil,
 the prosecutor said.
Then, the toddler — a beneficiary of her slain father's life insurance —
almost died in a bathtub, prosecutors said.


Worst Spy Novel Ever: Media and Democrats Build On Le Carre Knockoff “Tinker, Trumper, Lawyer, Spy”

by jonathanturley

I have been discussing the dubious claims of criminal liability over the meeting of Donald Trump Jr. with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower.  As I have mentioned, there is a legitimate reason to investigate this latest undisclosed meeting, though the overheated rhetoric on possible (if not imminent) criminal charges is bizarre. This morning on CNN, Sen. Richard Blumenthal raised possible charges of espionage and treason.  Putting aside the facially weak foundation for such charges, I must again note that the underlying narrative around this meeting remains rather speculative and unbelievable. I have worked on the legal side of national security investigations for decades. As I said when this meeting first surfaced, none of this makes sense as an actual Russian intelligence operation as opposed to a rather transparent "bait-and-switch."  If this is a Russian spy mystery, it hardly makes for a sequel of Le Carre's "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy."


New laws hitting Texas in 2017

Texas lawmakers have been busy this year. 
The legislature, which met for 140 days stretching from January through May, managed to pass a number of new laws that will have a notable impact for Texans, and some that may be a little more niche. 
One of the most high profile new regulations concerns texting while driving, which many lawmakers have been attempting to ban for years. On Sept. 1, Texas will become the 47th state to ban the dangerous practice, with a few caveats for mobile phone use. 
A more niche regulation concerns the carrying of bladed weapons in public. Until this session, people were only allowed to carry a blade of less than 5.5 inches, but now swords, machetes and other weapons are fair game. 
While the state waits for the legislature to tackle some of the most hot-button issues in special session, take a look at the most impactful laws passed by the legislature this year. 




Federal judge holds lawyers in contempt for posting links to banned videos by anti-abortion group

Jul 12, 2017, 1:09 pm CDT

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