Former Browns QB Johnny Manziel
Johnny Manziel, who’s facing charges in Texas for allegedly striking his former girlfriend, was in court for a preliminary hearing. A reporter texted his attorney for a comment, and received a text back that appears kind of incriminating. The lawyer has indicated the text was meant for another attorney. Oops.
It’s bad practice to bad mouth your own clients… thought the temptation can be great on some criminal cases, but it’s a bad idea. It’s an even worse idea if you don’t pay attention who your texts are going to. Suggesting, say, that your client may have been doing something illegal might end up prejudicing your client if they decide to have him submit a pee test. That could be bad for the client, and for you.
OK- go ahead and start the lawyer jokes now…
Photo via Dep. Mike Cundiff
A live, five-foot snake was found hanging out in a Texas courtroom this week. One of the deputies was tidying up at the end of the when he ran across this pretty sizable serpent. He called in a fellow deputy to corral the snake, described as a non-venomous chicken snake, and possibly extending more than 5 feet in length. He was sitting behind the bench where the judge had been sitting.
Why didn’t it bite the lawyers? Professional courtesy.
What do you call a snake in the courtroom? A member of the bar.
Why did it take them so long to spot the snake? They couldn’t distinguish him from all the lawyers!
Har har- have your laughs!
A Houston-area car salesman was approached by a prospective buyer about taking a Dodge Challenger out for a test drive, but he had other intentions. While on the drive, his buddies pulled up behind, detained the salesman at gunpoint, and threw him in the trunk. Luckily he was a quick thinker and called his boss, who could track his cell phone. He also popped the trunk release, jumped out, wrestled the gun away from one of the hijackers, and shot him. Um…dude’s a badass…
A Texas man made headlines this week with the huge romantic gesture of blocking a highway to propose to his girlfriend. It may be sweet, but it’s also against the law. He is now facing a misdemeanor obstruction of a roadway charge. It did make a nice photo with the city int he background.
Hopefully his judge is a hopeless romantic!
Several people have passed along ads from the “Texas Law Hawk”; an angry, shouting attorney from Fort Worth names Bryan Wilson. The ads are funny, for their ‘You cannot be serious, over-the-top schlockiness’. But they are not great.
You know who is actually brilliant? John Morgan, the ubiquitous, cloying personal injury attorney, who’s constant ads have expanded from Florida to air over most fo the Southeastern United States. His ads are not funny, but some of them are very effective. They also make me change the channel. One of my favorites is Kentucky attorney Daryl Isaacs, “the Heavy Hitter”… which he has trademarked. He used to go by the “Kentucky Hammer”, which is awesome. He did a whole series of commercials with Deebo, which is brilliant:
However, the all-time greatest attorney commercial is the short-form film from Jamie Casino. It’s got actual plot, plus special effects, biblical quotes, and a rockin’ soundtrack. This is so awesome, I have personally watched it more than Gangnam Style. Check it out:
- Jockey Roman Chapa caught using a “Buzzer” during a horse race
- It’s an electronic stimulator to illegally encourage the horse
- He’s been in trouble for cheating multiple times, including similar use of an electronic device
Jockey Roman Chapa rode Quiet Acceleration to a photo-finish win in the Sam Houston stakes a few weeks ago. Now that photo may become his downfall. The picture clearly shows something in his hand: an electronic stimulator that he was probably using to shock the horse. They are known in the industry as a buzzer, battery or machine. And it turns out, Chapa has twice been suspended for cheating, and one of those incidents also involved a similar device.
Chapa is now facing felony charges for unlawful influence on racing. Texas considers it a serious offense to mess with the outcome of similar sporting events. Chapa also has a previous conviction for cruelty to animals. How was this guy still working? I suspect this will be the end of his career.
Thanks Beth for pointing this out!
- Teen sold pot brownies.
- Could be sentenced to life in prison.
Jacob Lavoro Mug
Texas authorities have enhanced the charges against Jacob Lavoro, a 19-year-old, because he drew the oil out of the marijuana leaves, thereby ‘refining’ it. He baked the marijuana in to pot brownies, which he sold for $25 each. So, he committed a crime, but a life penalty doesn’t fit the crime. Keep in mind, he hasn’t been sentenced to life in prison, and its unlikely any prosecutor or judge would do so. But he could be looking at some serious jail time. It may not be a crime in Colorado, but it certainly is in Texas, as it is in Florida.
via nbc-2: http://www.nbc-2.com/story/25588521/life-sentence-for-pot-brownies#.U34YbJRdU_M