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  1. Richard G. Kopf
    January 26, 2016

    Murray,

    Thanks for this extensive and thoughtful post. In many ways, it made my day.

    All the best.

    RGK

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    • Murray Newman
      January 26, 2016

      Thank you, Judge Kopf.

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  2. Cornflake S. Pecially
    January 26, 2016

    Murray you and others have given a lot of credit to the DA. Is it possible that the “results” here are the direct result of members of the grand jury asking the right questions and insisting that the DA keep his nose on the evidence trail?

    P.S. If Fault Lines ever puts up a behind the scenes and headlines post about grand juries, someone from Texas should wright it.

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    • Murray Newman
      January 26, 2016

      It is a possibility that the Grand Jury was driving the train, but I tend to doubt that the idea originated with them. Since Grand Jury proceedings are confidential, we’ll probably never know. I’ll talk to Greenfield about writing about behind the scenes at Grand Jury, but he tells me that I need to stop writing about Texas.

      I think he’s just jealous because he doesn’t live here.

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      • Cornflake S. Pecially
        January 27, 2016

        You guess? I have been hearing rumors that we can expect an indictment on at least a dozen felony counts of Texas Jeliousy any day now. Sounds like they might even tack on wire fraud. And from the sounds of what you are saying he might even have some serious Texas antitrust vulnerabilities to worry about.

        He is going down unless he is smart enough to get out in front of this and cooperate with Austin on bringing down the entire New York Wanna Be Cowboy Cartel.

        Especially if the Texas Rangers get Albany’s permission to assist with the arrest and cooperate with the  extradiction. It’s gonna be all over when they see that cowboy hat of his on the coat rack and smash it down over his ears after they cuff him for the  perp walk out of his New York lair.

        It’s gonna be ugly. The best he can hope for is probably going to be a plea to Texas Envy and that’s if he gets a judge to accept 90% of his motions which I don’t see happening.

        I will be looking forward to the Behind the Scenes and the Unknown Powers of the Grand Jury series of posts. I think your audience will enjoy it and learn something.

        Greenfield will get over it. Besides it will give him something to read while he is awaiting trial because no way a judge is gonna let him out on bail. Who knows he might even learn something about being all hat with no cattle while he is cooling off in the clink.

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  3. Eva
    January 26, 2016

    I’m not a Republican but I did respect the way the party presented itself about 20 to 30 years ago. They were an honourable opponent and upon occasion I have voted GOP in the distant past depending on the candidate. I am not impressed with the way the GOP has evolved here recently and actually feel sorry for folks who have those middle of the road GOP values considering how far right the party appears to have gone.
    Part of me wonders why we have elected offices such as this DA’s office which would just make itself vulnerable to politicization. I’m tired of hearing about “tough on crime” political candidates veering off further and further right into that “political spectrum” just to impress voters apparently. Our country is really very good at putting people in prison, I believe we are at number one across the world pretty much. That’s impressive.
    Yet I am so glad to hear of this DA Devon Anderson. Your article was like a breath of fresh air to me.. If I were in her county I would vote for her considering I’m a liberal with some libertarian learnings that’s saying something.

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  4. Roxanne Chester
    January 26, 2016

    Looking forward for every teen and illegal immigrant carrying fake ID being prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
    And while I live in Montgomery Co. not Harris, it is a relief to know that at least one officer of the court is willing to follow where the evidence leads. I know that is not the current view that most of us have of the Texas criminal justice system!

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  5. Scott Jacobs
    January 26, 2016

    My favorite part is how the guy is being charged with trying to buy baby parts, but the people he was trying to buy them from – and who seemed willing to do so – aren’t being charged with trying to SELL baby parts…

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    • shg
      January 26, 2016

      Apparently, the evidence didn’t bear that out. You remember evidence, right?

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    • Josh
      January 27, 2016

      “seemed willing”? You should consider that what “seems” to be so may not be so when dealing with videos that have been heavily edited to push an agenda. What actually “seems” to be the case is that CMP were repeatedly soliciting criminal activity, trying to entrap PP into doing something illegal (which they ultimately never did). What they failed to take into account is that the solicitation is itself illegal, as is cooking up fake government documents to advance the scheme. There’s a reason why entrapment is illegal, it attempts to bring about criminal activity where there otherwise may have been none but for the actions of the entrapper. There are enough crimes out there for LE to worry about without “activists” trying to manufacture new ones just to discredit people or groups they don’t like.

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  6. Bill Stapleton
    January 27, 2016

    You say that Devon Anderson has integrity, and explain how she has. In doing so, you demonstrate that you have integrity too. From a Bernie supporter.

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    • Dave
      January 27, 2016

      I want to second this statement.

      As a Sanders supporter, we may disagree on a few topics but both you and Devon Anderson have my utmost respect.

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  7. Michelle M Wilhelm
    January 27, 2016

    Perhaps there is hope for us after all.

    Thank you for this post.

    Best,
    MMW

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  8. Sue
    January 27, 2016

    This made my day also. In this day of dishonest news reporting, dishonest politicians, dishonest public servants this is a breath of fresh air. Thank you.

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