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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Kennedy Cousin gets away with Murder ?

Another Kennedy Skates a Murder
Writing for Friday’s majority, Justice Richard N. Palmer concluded that the defense of Skakel mounted by Greenwich celebrity attorney Michael Sherman - he represented Skakel through investigation, trial and conviction in 2002 - was so far beneath the accepted standard of professional competence that the jury’s guilty verdict cannot be relied upon. The majority affirmed a a lower court decision in a habeas corpus action five years ago.

“The sole issue now before us in this appeal by the respondent, the Commissioner of Correction, is whether the habeas court properly concluded that the petitioner, Michael Skakel, is entitled to a new trial because counsel in his murder case, Michael Sherman, rendered ineffective assistance by failing to obtain certain readily available evidence that Sherman should have known was potentially critical to the petitioner’s alibi defense, that is, the testimony of a disinterested alibi witness whom the habeas court found to be highly credible,” the majority wrote. “Because we agree with the habeas court both that Sherman’s failure to secure that evidence was constitutionally inexcusable and that that deficiency undermines confidence in the reliability of the petitioner’s conviction — a conviction founded on a case, aptly characterized by the habeas court as far from overwhelming, that was devoid of any forensic evidence or eyewitness testimony linking the petitioner to the crime — we affirm the judgment of the habeas court ordering a new trial.”

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Crocodile Tears - Kerrville Good Ol' Boys Can Dish It Out but Can't Take It

It appears that the developers, liberals, democrats, financiers and leaches on the government tit need a safe room so they don't get their feelings hurt too bad.

The local paper published a guest opinion piece last week by TJ McDonald, a developer who wants more taxpayer money poured into the Callioux Foundation projects on Holdsworth. He titled it 'Same swamp, different alligators,' leaving no doubt he meant Mayor Bonnie White and other conservatives.

But when some of Blackburn's backers saw a photoshopped picture of Blackburn with his former mayor supporters with crocodilian heads the snowflakes melted down! According to Aaron Yates at KerrvilleUnited.com, it's ugly, dirty, nasty campaigning.  Wahwahwah!!! Boohoohoo!!

Let's get real people. Mr. Yates and the crybabies posting on his website are crying crocodile tears - they are delighted to think they have something to inflame the voters. They're no different from the agitators at Black Lives Matter or the titty babies on college campuses who cried for days when their idol Hillary lost to Trump.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Former Fisher & Phillips partner is convicted of felony murder in wife's death

An Atlanta jury found Claud “Tex” McIver guilty of felony murder on Monday in the fatal shooting of his wife, Diane McIver, while they were riding in an SUV in 2016.
McIver is a former Fisher & Phillips partner.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: “Known as ‘The Fixer’ because of his ability to grease the wheels of bureaucracy and get things done, McIver appeared stunned as he was handcuffed by a Fulton County sheriff’s deputy and led from the courtroom following the verdict. McIver had lived a mostly charmed existence until the evening of September 25, 2016, when he shot his wife Diane in the back as they were being driven near Piedmont Park. He claimed it was an accident. Jurors didn’t buy it.”
The sentence carries a mandatory life sentence for the 75-year-old defendant.

Judge Groped, Kissed Women Who Sought Help With Charges, DOJ Claims
Bobby Joe Smith, who's charged with bribery and civil-rights violations, allegedly solicited sexual favors from three women who had asked him for help with their traffic offenses.
from Daily Beast

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Bill Blackburn Announces NOT Evangelical Christian

Before he decided to run for Kerrville mayor Bill Blackburn posted some political commentary on Facebook he probably regrets. He announced he's never been a Republican, and then there's this gem:

Did Blackburn Supporters Commit Voter Fraud/Bribery ??

From Zeke MacCormack's article in SA Express News

KERRVILLE — Reflecting the intensity of local election campaigning, a criminal complaint has been lodged over rent rebates of $20 that were offered to tenants of four apartment complexes to reward them if they vote May 5.

The apartments had meet-and-greet events for the candidate slate led by Bill Blackburn, who is challenging incumbent Mayor Bonnie White. Three council seats are at stake.

An attorney for the MacDonald Companies, which owns the complexes, insisted the rebates were perfectly legal, but confirmed that the offer advertised in apartment newsletters has been rescinded.

District Attorney Lucy Wilke on Wednesday said she referred to the state attorney genercode provisions on bribery.al’s office a complaint she received from an unspecified source that alleged the rebate offer violated state penal

The statute cited states, “A person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly offers, confers, or agrees to confer on another, or solicits, accepts or agrees to accept from another: any benefit as consideration for the recipient’s decision, opinion, recommendation, vote or other exercise of discretion as a public servant, party official or voter.”


The MacDonald Companies build and manage federally subsidized housing projects - four of them in Kerrville. It's understandable why they would downplay the seriousness of their conduct. But look at it this way - let's say the liberals/Democrats made a similar offer to low income voters in Houston or San Antonio - it might be worth $20 to go vote - or just a bottle of Thunderbird Wine

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

S.A. defense attorney accused of drunkenly rear-ending car with infants inside

Drunk Lawyers
A San Antonio-based criminal defense attorney was arrested over the weekend after police said he drunkenly rear-ended another vehicle with two infants inside on the Northwest Side.

Jesse Hernandez, 39, was booked into the Bexar County Jail Saturday on a charge of DWI and posted bail later that day.

Bankrupt Kerrville company accuses ex-president of fraud
The Kerrville consulting company that sought bankruptcy protection amid possible financial wrongdoing has accused its former president of fraud.
The HJH Consulting Group Inc., which does business as The Salt Group, also accused Stephen Canty of breaching his of fiduciary duty, according to a filing in bankruptcy court Monday.
The company said it also has a claim against Kerrville accounting firm Pressler, Thompson & Co. for “committing malpractice in regards to conducting audits for the debtor for a number of years,” according to the filing.
HJH sought bankruptcy protection “due to the fact that one of its employees manipulated (its) accounting records” to its “detriment,” it said in an April 9 court filing.

Friday, April 13, 2018

The Perils of Lust and Greed: Kerrville Conman; Uresti Surrenders Law License

Convicted state Sen. Carlos Uresti surrenders law license
State Sen. Carlos Uresti, convicted less than two months ago by a federal jury on 11 felony charges, has surrendered his license to practice law in lieu of facing disciplinary action from the State Bar of Texas.
Without a license, Uresti will be prohibited from practicing law in the state where he has worked as an attorney for more than 25 years.
Uresti, 54, would have been disbarred after he’s sentenced June 28, anyway, but he opted to voluntarily submit his resignation March 23. His resignation was accepted by the Bar’s Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel the same day and then by the Supreme Court of Texas on Tuesday.
FBI investigating possible wrongdoing at Kerrville company
FBI agents are investigating possible financial malfeasance at a Kerrville consulting company that filed for bankruptcy last week, three people familiar with the probe said.
The HJH Consulting Group Inc., which does business as The Salt Group, disclosed in a Monday court filing that it sought bankruptcy protection “due to the fact that one of its employees manipulated the accounting records of the Debtor to the Debtor’s detriment.”

Stephen A. Canty, who has served as Salt Group’s president, declined to comment when reached by phone Wednesday but said he was represented by San Antonio criminal defense lawyer Gerald “Gerry” Goldstein. The attorney declined to comment. Canty was replaced as HJH Consulting’s registered agent on April 2, state corporate records show.
A person familiar with the bankruptcy case said a company official had overstated its receivables for years to obtain funding on a bank loan. The official recently confessed, triggering a criminal investigation, this person said.
Gee, I wonder who the culprit is.