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BS - Mathematics from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. Statistical Analyst. Played trumpet in college. Middle-aged white guy.

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Rick Perry's attorney to file motion to dismiss case

A defense attorney for Gov. Rick Perry said Friday he will file a motion in court to dismiss criminal charges against Perry, citing the governor’s veto authority and First Amendment rights.

“The motion will speak for itself,” attorney David Botsford said.

Senior District Judge Bert Richardson of San Antonio has set a one-week deadline for Botsford to submit his pleading and once he does so, Perry prosecutor Michael McCrum will be given time to respond.

Outside of a brief hearing in Travis County state district court Friday morning, McCrum told reporters, “I’m confident the law applies in this case.” McCrum said he will not address evidence in his case and will approach it “with dignity and respect.”

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/rick-perry-attorney-to-file-motion-to-dismiss-case/ng7LM/

Policeman accused of sex assaults on duty


Daniel Ken Holtzclaw

OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma City police officer was arrested Thursday and is being held in lieu of $5 million bond after being accused of committing a series of sexual assaults against at least six women while on duty.

Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, 27, was arrested Thursday on complaints of rape, forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery and indecent exposure, The Oklahoman reported.

Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty said at a news conference that Holtzclaw stopped women while he was working and forced them to expose themselves, fondled them and in at least one instance had intercourse with a woman.

Authorities have statements from six victims and expect a statement from a seventh, Citty said. He also said investigators believe there are additional victims.

Read more: http://lubbockonline.com/filed-online/2014-08-21/oklahoma-policeman-accused-sex-assaults-duty

Libertarian vies to become Texas’ first openly gay state senator

Texas already had a record number of openly LGBT candidates running for state Legislature this year.

Now, you can add one more name to the list — increasing the total to six.

Kerry Douglas McKennon, a Libertarian, is a candidate for the Texas Senate District 28 seat in a special election Sept. 9. Early voting begins Monday.

McKennon is one of several candidates vying to replace Republican Sen. Robert Duncan, who stepped down to become chancellor of Texas Tech University. District 28 is among the largest in the state, covering 47 counties in West Texas.

Read more: http://www.lonestarq.com/libertarian-candidate-vies-become-texas-first-openly-gay-state-senator/

This should be an interesting race, he is running against the 90-year-old guy that I mentioned in this thread yesterday:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/107820290

Listen to the gecko...

Islamic terrorists might have crossed borders, Perry says

WASHINGTON - A defiant Gov. Rick Perry warned Thursday that individuals associated with terrorist forces in Iraq might already have crossed into the United States over an unsecured border with Mexico.

Speaking at a forum on immigration (The Heritage Foundation), Perry pressed for a more aggressive military response to the extremist Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group while raising the potential of another attack on U.S. soil.

"I think there is obviously great concern that because of the condition of the border, from the standpoint of it not being secure and us not knowing who is penetrating across, that individuals from ISIS or other terrorist states could be," Perry said in response to a question. "And I think there's a very real possibility that they have already used that."

Perry added he had "no clear evidence" of entry by ISIS forces but cited murders, rapes and violent crimes committed by people crossing the border illegally.

Read more and watch video: http://www.chron.com/news/article/Islamic-terrorists-may-be-crossing-borders-Perry-5704240.php

Judge warns against Perry grand jury threats

A state district judge in Austin said Thursday that she intends to protect members of the grand jury that indicted Gov. Rick Perry from any threats — veiled or direct — from the governor or anyone else.

Judge Julie Kocurek of the 390th District Court, a Democrat, said Perry’s Saturday statement, issued a day after the indictment, could be construed as a threat and possible violation of the law. Kocurek, as the administrative presiding judge of all criminal courts in the county, said that “no one is above the law,” and the public needs to know that grand jurors are legally protected from any threat.

“I have a duty to make sure that our members of the grand jury are protected,” Kocurek said. “I am defending the integrity of our grand jury system.”

The judge said that Perry might have made a veiled threat when he said: “I am confident we will ultimately prevail, that this farce of a prosecution will be revealed for what it is, and that those responsible will be held to account.”

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/judge-warns-against-perry-grand-jury-threats/ng6zb/

That might have to add a second degree felony to the charges against The Indicted One since he also is obviously stupid.

90-year-old former representative running for Texas Senate

Former Rep. Delwin Jones served 30 years in the Texas House of Representatives during two stints — the first eight as a Democrat and the last 22 as a Republican, Jones, whom Rep. Charles Perry ousted in the 2010 Republican primary, hopes to return to Austin — now as a member of the Texas Senate. And he is counting on his legislative experience to win the District 28 seat Texas Tech Chancellor Robert Duncan held for 18 years.

“I believe that my years of legislative service, my farming experience, my business experience, and my conservative philosophy make me the best qualified person to represent Senate District 28,” Jones, R-Lubbock, said when he announced his candidacy.

“We can ill afford to lose the important conservative clout we have always had in Austin,” he said. “During my 30 years of service as a state representative, I provided legislation that created such invaluable assets as the Texas Tech University Medical School, University Medical Center Teaching Hospital, Texas Tech School of Law, Texas Tech Board of Regents, International Center for Arid & Semi-Arid Land, and Original Boll Weevil Eradication Program for Texas.”

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Jones, who turned 90 in April and was already the oldest state legislator when (Charles) Perry ousted him four years ago, is also a potential candidate in House District 83, the district he used to represent.

Read more: http://lubbockonline.com/election/2014-08-20/jones-stopping-border-invasion-maintaining-local-control-over-water-among#comment-345474

The GOP, electing old fossils since...

Aid group: US doctor who had Ebola has recovered

ATLANTA — At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa has recovered and was to be discharged Thursday from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working for said.

Alison Geist, a spokeswoman for Samaritan's Purse, told The Associated Press she did not know the exact time Dr. Kent Brantly would be released but confirmed it would happen Thursday.

Emory University Hospital planned to hold a news conference Thursday morning to discuss both patients' discharge. Brantly will speak but won't take questions, according to a news release. Emory spokeswoman Holly Korschun did not give further details on either patient, citing privacy concerns.

Franklin Graham, president of North Carolina-based Samaritan's Purse, said in a statement that the group was celebrating Brantly's recovery. He has been in the hospital's isolation unit for nearly three weeks.

Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/08/21/6057701/hospital-to-discuss-discharge.html

Perry Grand Juror Reportedly Attended Democratic Convention And Attended Speech Of Witness

There is an interesting story out of Texas in the Perry controversy that raises the difference between grand juries and petit juries. One of the grand jurors, Rho Chalmers, who indicted Governor Rick Perry turned out to be a delegate to the Texas Democratic Party convention who not only actively participated in the convention during her service but actually took a picture with a Democratic state representative who appeared as a witness before her jury.

The rules on conflicts are more relaxed for grand jurors due to the larger number of members and the fact that their decisions are only to indict rather than to convict. However, Chalmers’ political work during the pendency of the case raises question of whether a recusal or at least a notice should be required of members. I am not saying that she acted out of political animus. I am perfectly willing to accept her insistence that it was “not a political decision” for her to vote to indict. Yet, the appearance could not be worse in such a case and the question is whether the issue was raised with the special prosecutor, San Antonio lawyer Michael McCrum.

News reports state that Chalmers attended the Democratic convention and commented on its proceedings while the grand jury proceedings were occurring. She was also photographed with Democratic state Sen. Kirk Watson, a witness. It is not known if she discussed the matter with him.

The grand jury was selected in April, 2014 and did not conclude until last week. Yet, on June 27, 2014, Chalmers shared a photo of the Watson event on a community Facebook page stating, “Senator Kirk Watson telling the story of the Wendy Davis fillibuster (sic).”

Read more: http://jonathanturley.org/2014/08/21/perry-grand-juror-reportedly-attended-democratic-convention-and-attended-speech-of-witness-during-the-grand-jury-proceedings/

Inspirational Story: Abernathy Teacher of the Year sees deafness as motivation, not obstacle

ABERNATHY — Keri Moore’s most-used phrase as a child was, “I can do it myself.”

It didn’t matter that she was born deaf.

Now a math teacher at Abernathy Middle School and the district’s newest Teacher of the Year, Moore wants her students to live by that philosophy too, she said in an interview Monday.

When Moore was 2 years old, a doctor said she would never function in the hearing world, Moore’s parents, Raymond and Martha Sue Lusk, said in a written statement.

Read more: http://lubbockonline.com/education/2014-08-20/abernathy-teacher-year-sees-deafness-motivation-not-obstacle#comment-345466
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