Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Open Thread

I'll be away from the blog because of a death in the family for the next day or so. Use this as an open thread to let me know what's going on in your neck of the woods.

In particular, I'm interested in hearing about any local criminal justice-related elections (Sheriff, DA, judges, jail bonds, etc.) you may be following.

Hasta la vista.


Anonymous said...

Scott, so sorry for your loss.

Soronel Haetir said...


What do you think of this story: http://setexasrecord.com/news/215090-texas-sc-decision-could-end-peremptory-strikes-in-jury-selection

Anonymous said...

So sorry for your lose. My prayers go out to you and your family.Peace Angel Chick

Anonymous said...


My first opinion is:
If he was hired in the first place to be an assistant project manager they hired him not because of his color- therefore it must have been some other reason to fire him.
My second opinion is:
The attorneys need to give better advice to their clients and not increase the racial tension more than it already is.

Anonymous said...

This works both ways. If you bring in the color, race and relatives, it just simply gets out of control. Look what happened to TYC.

Anonymous said...

Smith County Judges, Commissioners Discuss Creation of District Court:

Anonymous said...

Scott, Im sorry to hear about your loss. May the comfort of God be with you.

Anonymous said...

Sorry for your loss Scott- Sandra

Anonymous said...

Sorry for this tragic time - RC.

Jessica Weinkle said...

This goes back a bit, but I'm doing a research paper for a decision process class on disaster management/evacuation policy of prison. I have a good bit of resources but I'm looking for more. If there is anything noteworthy out there that you would like to direct me to that would be great. The papers that have been the most help so far is one pending publication by Ira P. Robbins and the ACLU reports. Thanks so much. If you like, you can reach me at Jessica.Weinkle@colorado.edu. I look forward to hearing back from you.

Anonymous said...

Longview News Journal 10/29/2008

Counties addressing overcrowded jails


Unknown said...

In sympathy for your loss, Scott.

You asked, so here it is: I am following the case of Hannah Overton, a Corpus Christi, TX mother of 5 sentenced to LWOP for capital murder by omission in the death of her 4 year old, almost-adopted son.

ABC's 20 / 20 ran a story on Fri, Oct 24, 2008 which attracted over 500 comments by the next day. http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/story?id=6098673&page=1

John MacCormack, the reporter who broke the Madeline Murray O'Hair murder story, is following it, too -- http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/Murder_by_omission_or_conviction_by_design.html

Sam Millsap, former DA of Bexar County and now outspoken opponent of the death penalty, has taken an interest in Hannah's case.

Sam will be at the Capital at 2pm on Friday with Witness To Innocence and several death row exonerees.

Hannah is a life-long evangelical Christian. Her case has brought awareness of wrongful convictions to many in her church community. It could serve as a bridge between them and the more liberal organizations who have traditionally opposed the death penalty.


Gritsforbreakfast said...

Hey thanks, everybody, for the well wishes. :)

Murray Newman said...

I'm sorry for your loss, Scott.

Anonymous said...


Dash-cam footage shows Dallas police chase that injured officer
12:54 PM Wed, Oct 29, 2008 | Permalink | Yahoo! Buzz
Matthew Peterson E-mail News tips
Our colleague Rebecca Lopez at WFAA-TV (Channel 8) obtained dash-cam video from a high-speed chase last month involving more than 40 Dallas police cars. The chase, coupled with the death of a 10-year-old boy struck by a squad car this month, inspired a change in department policy.

Three officers crashed the night of Sept. 6, and one of them, Officer Christopher Cordray, was seriously injured when his squad car hit a tree. In four of the six videos obtained by Channel 8, squad cars can be seen speeding past his wrecked car. One car is clocked driving 90 mph down Greenville Avenue.

Police officials became concerned about the chase after reviewing video from Officer Cordray's car. It shows him racing more than 20 miles across Dallas and weaving in and out of traffic, sometimes on the shoulder, at speeds topping 100 mph.

The chase began after Dallas police tried to arrest a man who had attempted to run over several officers during a confrontation at a Lake Highlands apartment parking lot. The man was captured after he abandoned his vehicle.

After the chase, Police Chief David Kunkle appointed a panel to review the department's policy on driving in pursuits and in emergency situations.

He said the death of Cole Berardi gave him the final impetus to change department policy before the panel completes its work. Now officers can't exceed the speed limit unless their lights and sirens are activated.

Anonymous said...

A guard was arrested at the McLennan County Juvenile Facility on 10/17/2008 along with one inmate for and get this bring drugs into the facility.... Man, TYC needs to get it together...

Sam said...

My condolences to your family Scott.