Daily Archives: April 21, 2009

You know you’re screwed when… (Texas edition)

Here. Let’s play a game. I give you a sentence, you fill in the blanks. Everyone wins.

You know you’re _____ when you’re an ______ on _____ _____ in _______ and your _______ misses _______. ___ ____ ____.

Texas lawyers have repeatedly missed deadlines for appeals on behalf of more than a dozen death row inmates in the last two years — yet judges continue to assign life-or-death capital cases and pay hundreds of thousands in fees to those attorneys

Because getting that appeal heard may be the best thing that can happen to you. The worst, of course, is getting executed. But there’s so much middle ground: important middle ground that these people are losing out on. Specifically the Constitutionally mandated review of their claims.

Yes, I know, everyone is human and we all miss deadlines. But if you’re in the capital defense business, you better damn well make sure that you make every date you’re supposed to. If you don’t, the worst can happen:

You know you’re screwed when… (part 1)

Today, I was arrested for DUI. I spent a few hours at the police station and I called a friend to come get me. When my friend came to pick me up, I decided it would be a good idea for me to drive home. On my way home from the police station, the cop that arrested me the first time saw me. I was arrested for DUI again. FML. (No, it’s not really me. Click the damn links.)