Pot Meet Kettle

Nothing is more unjust, however common, than to charge with hypocrisy him that expresses zeal for those virtues which he neglects to practice; since he may be sincerely convinced of the advantages of conquering his passions, without having yet obtained the victory, as a man may be confident of the advantages of a voyage, or a journey, without having courage or industry to undertake it, and may honestly recommend to others, those attempts which he neglects himself
Samuel Johnson

I was in a band in law school and we penned a few original tunes to mix in with our Pat Green/CCR covers. Blogging is a lot like song writing. Some posts and songs require a lot of research, editing, and inspiration. Some just fall in your lap. Today’s post arrived with the force of back to back lap dances from the Biggest Loser crew.

Here is a quote, from Rick Perry’s hatchet man/Wilco DA John Bradley. The thread was about a judge who balked at the State’s obstructionism and insistence on a jury trial in Collin County.

i’m bothered by the judge’s complete lack of respect for the right of the State to a jury trial. The judge has no business publicly commenting, particularly before trial, as to merits of a prosecutor’s decision. It shows a clear bias in the case before anything has even happened. It also shows ignorance of the law (or perhaps willful indifference to enforcement of the law).

JB comes about against judges publicly commenting on a prosecutor’s decision. Wouldn’t it be the height of hypocrisy for JB to public comment on a judge’s decision? I mean, what kind of person would say it’s wrong for a judge to do something, and then do it himself? Hmmmm…..

Here is a JB quote, barely a week old, made after a judge hesitated to award a 25 year sentence for a DWI case. The judge eventually sentence the defendant to 25 years, but JB was mad because the judge actually took the time to voice concern over our State draconian punishment ranges.

Bradley said the judge showed bias against the sentences handed out in Williamson County.

“The justice in this case became dependent upon geography,” Bradley said. “He came to this county, I think, with a prejudice against the sort of sentencing that occurs in Williamson County

Teh hypocrisy doesn’t end there. JB’s crew actually offered this same defendant 25 years!

Feathers’ attorney Sara Naylor said prosecutors offered a 25 year sentence in exchange for a guilty plea. Bradley said he didn’t know the details of the rejected plea offer.

My brain is about to explode from cognitive dissonance.

For those keeping score here is the JB moral compass.

25 year sentence from plea bargain offered by Wilco DA = Good.
25 year sentence from concerned judge = Bad.

Judge speaking out against prosecutor = Bad
Wilco DA speaking out against judge = Good.

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