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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Pervert Lawyers; Another Naked Perp; Kerrville Lawyer Quoted in New York Times; Kerrville's Crime Rate

Lawyer admits exposing himself on Houston-bound flight A lawyer who exposed himself on a Houston-bound flight last year has pleaded guilty in his case, federal prosecutors said. Leonard Julius Sawyerr, of Houston, pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of lewd, indecent or obscene acts, the U.S. Attorneys Office said. The 33-year-old has a law license in California. He was on board a Continental Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Houston on Feb. 12, 2011, when he exposed himself to a female passenger and a female flight attendant, prosecutors said. Hawaii attorney convicted in ear licking case LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A judge called a Hawaii attorney convicted of harassment a "dirty old man" for licking a client's ear. After a bench trial, Kauai attorney Lawrence McCreery, 64, was found guilty of harassment Thursday after a former client testified that while discussing her child custody case last year, he licked the back of her right ear. Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Hawaii-attorney-convicted-in-ear-licking-case-3706154.php#ixzz20bAjQaDH Police: Naked man crashes through Texas mall DALLAS (AP) — Police say a naked man crashed a pickup truck into a Dallas mall, then drove over a few kiosks before stopping to try on clothes. sack_o_cats 5:46 PM on July 13, 2012 From the article: Police say a naked man crashed a pickup truck into a southwest Dallas mall, got out and started putting on clothes and shoes. - One wit commented "It's good to see that the Face Eaters have learned some manners, and are getting properly attired for Dinner (or, in this case, Breakfast); perhaps they can learn to use proper utensils, instead of using their hands and teeth. Maybe there is hope for humanity, after all!" What's up with all these incidents involving naked criminals? And will someone explain to me why half the books and movies at Hastings involve vampires and zombies? There's got to be some deep seated Freudian explanation. Narcos Stake in the U.S.?- One Trillion Dollars Borderland Beat Reporter Chivis The six-year War on Drugs that Mexican president Felipe Calderon has waged since 2007 has resulted in one consequence no one anticipated: Mexican drug cartels have sent upwards of $1 trillion to the U.S. This staggering sum of money has been funneled through U.S. financial institutions, almost always in violation of U.S. laws, and at times even with the cooperation of American federal agencies. In fact, if the Mexican drug cartels were a sovereign nation, they would qualify to be part of the G-20, ahead of Indonesia (GNP: $845 billion) and behind South Korea (GNP: $1.1 trillion). Yet, this is the cumulative sum of money that Mexican drug cartels have funneled through the U.S. economy. This is a very good article, complete with visuals that explain how some big banks are aiding and abetting the cartels. Kerrville Lawyer Guy James Gray Quoted in New York Times article THE TEXAS TRIBUNE Fired Jasper Police Chief Is at Center of Divide Published: June 21, 2012 Why is the so much serious crime in Kerrville? I don't have statistics to confirm it but I believe that Kerrville has more serious crime - drug dealing and the violence that goes with it - than the average town of comparable size. I have a theory as to why that is - Kerr County has over 100 rehab facilities and halfway houses, so we have a lot of drug users come here for treatment. Many of those don't succeed, and their first weekend pass they go out looking for drugs. Another factor is probably having I-10 cross the county with two major drug markets in close proximity - San Antonio and Austin.


  1. I agree that Kerrville's many rehab facilities, halfway houses and state hospital surely contribute to crime, but come on now, drug use is also high (no pun intended!) among the common citizens and professionals around town, too. Plenty of middle age, white parents around here smoke dope with their kids and friends every day of the week. There is plenty of questionable behavior in every affluent neighborhood in Kerr County including rumored "swingers" from every walk of life. I have become ashamed to say that I am from Kerrville. All kinds of corrupt and crazy around here!

  2. It is true that there is crime in Kerrvllie, but the vast majority is petty crime. I can't think of one sizeable drug bust in the last 10 years. The vast majority of drug crime are poor people with minor a minor amount of drugs. A sizable portion of the local economy requires petty crime. Our oversized jail, a huge police department, the probation and prosecution apparatus all depend on low level crime. There is KPD on every corner in kerrville, which is the most heavily policed town I have ever seen. We even have an urban assault vehicle with gun ports and a fancy paint job. Show me another town with less than 25000 people with one of those. If there is not enough serious crime, we just invent it, a la Deron Belford.

  3. I agree there is sometimes an over zealous focus on low level crime, and the system needs raw material to feed the beast. However, I disagree that there is not serious crime here. There are serious drug dealers, career burglars, and thugs who kick in doors and rob people at gunpoint. There is also a lot of "white collar" crime that goes unpunished. In fact, I think there is more serious crime here than most cities of comparable size.

  4. I read the paper, and I guess I just have been missing all this supposed upper level crime in this little town. I personally am involved with the treatment centers and have operated several (not for profit) half-way houses. Of over 400 men that went through my houses none were arrested for anything unless, prior to arriving, they had warrants from previous criminal activity! Really! I did do a informal study of crime in Kerr County a few years ago, and I discovered that about 95% of the charges filed here (whether felony or misdemeanor) were not of a particularly serious nature. I bet that 20 years ago about half of them would never have been filed at all and would have been dealt with outside the penal part of the criminal justice system. This area works from a simple greed oriented economic model - more crime (real or created) leads to more probation which leads to more fines,to more court costs, to more court appointed lawyers, to more fees for more services, and on and on. About 30 years ago Big Spring, Texas (reported by Paul Harvey) had 12 unsolved murders in one year. Big Spring is about the size of Kerville. I have never even heard of anyone here ever having their doors kicked-in by anyone but the police. "Knock on wood".