Former prosecutor in denial about his actions
Last week something unprecedented happened in the case. The district attorney who persuaded a jury of Morton's guilt suffered through five grueling days in a Georgetown courtroom as a judge heard evidence and argument that he had illegally covered up evidence of Morton's innocence.
Ken Anderson, now a Williamson County district judge, testified repeatedly during a rare court of inquiry that he had little memory of the trial or the case. But he swore that he must have told Morton's lawyers about the evidence. It included a police report that Morton's neighbors had said they saw a suspicious man walking into the woods behind the Morton home shortly before the murder.
It also included the transcript of a conversation between Morton's mother-in-law and the lead deputy investigating the case. In it she gave an account of her grandson telling her he had seen the “monster” who murdered his mother. It's a stunning account for its accuracy in matching the evidence, and the boy said the “monster” was not his father.
Ex-Guadalupe judge admits pot possession
Former Guadalupe County Judge Mike Wiggins, who resigned last April after being arrested in College Station on a misdemeanor pot possession charge, has pleaded guilty. Wiggins, a former state trooper who served five years as county judge, was arrested Feb. 6, 2012, after marijuana was found in his room at the College Station hotel where he was attending a conference with other county officials from around Texas.
The cover story in the March issue of Esquire has stirred up a shit storm over the treatment of vets by the military. It's online here:
The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden... Is Screwed
"For the first time, the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden tells his story — speaking not just about the raid and the three shots that changed history, but about the personal aftermath for himself and his family. And the startling failure of the United States government to help its most experienced and skilled warriors carry on with their lives."
The gist of the piece is that the operator left the Navy after 15 years, and was shocked to discover that he had no pension, insurance or medical coverage. The SA Express has published parts of the article, here - The man who killed Bin Laden is speaking out. The comments by readers are overwhelming critical of the article and of the former Seal, for being dumb enough not to stay in the Navy for five more years, or thinking he's special, or trying to cash in on being the one who killed OBL. Others think that he's a bullshitter, or that some of the Seals played a prank on the author and are laughing their asses off. I don't know what to think.
64 porn counts bring 1,000-year sentence to Ga. man
The defendant faced 64 counts, including charges of possession of child pornography
Our Texas judges and prosecutors are slacking up on the job. Georgia has beat us with this one.
To put it in perspective, the Battle of Hastings was about 1,000 years ago. During the Spanish Inquisition, they ran out of live victims to burn at the stake, so they started digging up corpses of "heretics" and burning them. If the defendant dies before his 1,000 years is served, are the authorities going to stuff him and leave him in his cell?
Agent charged with online solicitation
Police have accused a federal agent based at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport of sexually soliciting a 15-year-old girl online.
Forrest William Johnson, a 50-year-old from Austin, was charged with online solicitation of a minor, according to a press release from the Texas attorney general’s office. He posted an explicit online advertisement and received a response from someone he thought was a 15-year-old girl, according to the release. He sexually propositioned her and then arranged to meet her at a predetermined location so he could assault her, the release said.
The girl was actually an undercover police officer, according to the release. Police arrested him when he arrived at the meeting, the release said.
Johnson, a federal agent with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, was booked into the Williamson County Jail on Wednesday and released Thursday, according to court records.