And now the legal aftermath of the Twin Peaks Massacre in Waco has become a Jeff Foxworthy comedy routine
There are 257 district attorneys in Texas. Last Tuesday, eight of them submitted a friend of the court brief to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals sitting in Austin (above) on behalf of the gag order that has been in effect in the case forthe last 105 days. The most important thing you need to know about this document is that the eight of them titled it “Amicus Curiae Brief Of Nine Texas District Attorneys.”
For the record, their names are Dustin Hugh “Dusty” Boyd from Coryell County; Robert Thomas “Rob” Christian from Hood County; Laurie English from the 112th Judicial District; Jo’Shea Ferguson-Worley from Terry County; M. Alan Nash
from Erath County; Julie Renken from Washington and Burleson County; B.J. Shepherd from the 220th Judicial District and Rene M. Pena from the 81st Judicial District.
And you might be a redneck district attorney if you think eight ain’t no different than nine or that voir dire rhymes with tire. Or your paralegal has more than three neck tattoos. Or you’ve ever quoted Tammy Wynette in a closing argument.
The eight never explain why they have interjected themselves into the case at this late date. Maybe McLennan County District Attorney Abelino “Abel” Reyna bribed them with rustled cattle.
They do explain that the Twin Peaks Massacre “is about a shoot-out where nine people died. This happened during the Sunday lunch hour in the heart of one of the state’s major cities. One hundred seventy-seven people have been arrested. Surrounding these events are reporting and editorial comment by traditional and non-traditional news sources and social media, complete with audio and visual content, available instantaneously to anyone in the world who has a computer or a cell phone.” They seem to think this “non-traditional” news and commentary is a bad thing and they also take it for granted that the boss court in Texas will assume that all this nontraditional news and commentary is calling for the lynching of the Twin Peaks Massacre defendants rather than their speedy exoneration and just compensation for the ordeal Abel Reyna and his crooked cronies has made them endure.
The eight redneck district attorneys actually have the brass to tell the boss court that. “balanced against” the traditional and non-traditional news sources and social media, they write, “are the courts’ affirmative constitutional duty to minimize the effects of prejudicial pretrial publicity.”
Clint Broden, the most visible defense attorney in this case, filed a reply to the redneck’s amicus brief this morning and he made a couple of notable points about which you would never know if it wasn’t for “non-traditional news sources.”
First Broden noticed that “despite the numerous amicus briefs filed in this matter, not one of the other 176 individuals charged…has filed an amicus brief in support of the gag order.”
Then he argued the radical proposition that, “the State should not be allowed to engage in the wholesale arrest of numerous innocent individuals using fill-in-the-name criminal complaints; then give numerous interviews proclaiming their guilt while, at the same time, scaring the public with images of roving ‘biker gangs;’ and then go to a court minutes before an unrelated hearing and request a comprehensive gag order; then seek a type of relief from this Court that is controlled by equitable principles while also brazenly violating the very gag order (Reyna) requested. To permit such gamesmanship will create a very dangerous precedent.”
The boss court will rule on this matter just as soon Reyna’s boys get back from Mexico with them beeves Reyna promised. This month, maybe.