Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Invested: Three new judges and other odds and ends

Congratulations to new Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judges Bert Richardson, Kevin Yeary and David Newell, whose investiture your correspondent attended this morning at the capitol. Good luck, gentlemen. Make us proud. And here's wishing the outgoing judges Cathy Cochran, Tom Price and Paul Womack all the best as they re-enter private life.

In the meantime, while I'm focused away from the blog today, here are several unrelated items which deserve Grits readers attention.


Anonymous said...

Shocking! An editorial board of a newspaper wants the border open. I am shocked!

Anonymous said...

I once walked out of my front door and found Harris County officers working on a street light adjacent to my house. I found that strange but thanks to your article now I know they were installing a camera on the pole--shameless bastards!!

Gritsforbreakfast said...

4:29, did you read their editorial? Criticizing worthless spending on drones that even the border-security demagogues admit have little practical benefit is hardly wanting "the border open."

@10:52, if that's sarcasm it's hard to tell about what; if not, I don't know what in this post you're referencing.

Anonymous said...

Grits Anon @ 10;52 is referring to one of your articles titled "The Obama Adm says FBI doesnt need warrant" which then brings up an article with the link "...tossing evidence gathered by the webcam".
Just when you think you know everything about Big Brother's surveillance, something new pops up. This is why I am eagerly awaiting revelations that come out of the Sharyl Atkinson lawsuit.

Gritsforbreakfast said...

Ah, gotcha, yes that would be strange, forgot that detail 3:02, thanks. Less personal but to me just as creepy would be living someplace like London where virtually every every public space is covered by CCTV.

This whole idea that one has zero expectation of privacy outside the home is a dated, judge-made doctrine that has been (or should be) permanently mooted by 21st century tech. Especially when it comes to sigintel, but really across the board, SCOTUS needs to re-think their entire privacy doctrine from Katz, Smith v. Maryland, etc., and beyond.