Views expressed in this blog are mine alone and are not intended to represent Williamson County policy nor intended as legal advice.


9/9/2022

Fentanyl and Drug Overdose Deaths

To date, 13 of 33 death inquests ruled accidental have involved a drug overdose. That’s roughly 40% of all accidental deaths that I alone have handled as JP this year. In 2021, 26 of 61, or 42%, of accidental deaths were drug-related. The other JPs no doubt have similar numbers. The primary drugs of choice are fentanyl, methamphetamine, and alcohol, either alone or in combination. In fact, most overdose deaths I see are from multiple drug toxicity.


8/19/2022

Terroristic Threats and the Future of Local Politics

An RRISD school board candidate and her supporters are receiving used tampons and dildos in the mail.


7/31/2022

It's Time to Show the Pictures

So much is going on in the world these days that picking one topic to write about is sometimes difficult. Topics abound but one stands out for me today. Last night I watched a video by Eleven Films called “This is Not a Movie”. I’ve linked it down below if you have seen it.


7/9/2022

Not Ready To Make Nice

The last few weeks have been a real rollercoaster, have they not? A rogue Supreme Court, a fourth of July mass shooting, and more revelations from the January 6th hearings confirmed that things were probably worse than we realized. Our County Judge and Commissioners Court doing everything they can to hobble our elected Sherriff, school board trustees breaking quorum during a budget hearing, and egrets taking down the power in Taylor. It surely seems our nation and our county are going to hell in a handbasket.


3/31/2022

Liberty and Freedom

Recently, I was asked about my interpretation of the meaning of Liberty and Freedom. The first thing that came to mind was The Preamble to the US Constitution which reads, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”. Most important in that sentence, for me, is that all men are created equal. We can argue that ALL men weren’t what Jefferson meant. He certainly didn’t include his slaves of African descent. While we more modern folk interpret men to mean human, that wasn’t really the case for Jefferson either. Women’s rights weren’t on his mind. But still, these words have power far beyond our shores. They’ve inspired other nations to join us in Democracy.


1/27/2022

LIES REPUBLICANS TELL ABOUT ME –SO FAR

• My office has been closed and not working for nearly 2 years

• My autopsy costs have risen 400%

• My court has an inordinate amount of appeals on procedural grounds

• My office never responds to voicemails or emails.

• Because I identify as LGBTQ, have been an LGBTQ activist in the past, and asked to fly the Pride flag at my court, I am obviously biased


1/6/2022

When did we lose our trust in science?

I used to believe that our own ingenuity and survival instinct would save us. That climate change would be controlled through the judicious use of science and innovation. We might wait until things looked gloomy, but we’d pull a hail Mary out of our collective ass and fix it. Today, I am no longer confident we’ll come close to anything like this.