15 June 2011

Well, duh...

The Rape of Justice

When most people hear about a senseless and brutal crime on the news, they tend to react first with shock, then horror, and then outrage.  When the victim is a child, those reactions are even more intense (think Amber Hagerman, Adam Walsh, Meagan Kanka, etc.).  In the aftermath of such a horrific event it is common to hear otherwise peaceful people calling for equally brutal vengeance against the perpetrator.  I think it is safe to say we all understand that urge to strike back.

So I couldn't help but laugh out loud when I stepped in this steaming pile of intellectual dog shit called "Grim Reminders of the Dangers of Family Law" while perusing the always profound, always insightful Texas Lawyer magazine.

After listing a number of incidents where a party in a divorce killed their ex's lawyer and sometimes their co-workers and themselves, the author brilliantly points out that:
"...family law is seen as a riskier practice than most, because people in the midst of divorce or facing the loss of their children tend to be highly emotional and may direct their anger at their estranged spouse's lawyer."
Are all lawyers this smart or is it just you good ol' Texas lawyers?  Most of us lesser folks learned at a very young age that if you start poking at a hornet’s nest, you are likely to get stung.

Frankly, after some of the cold blooded acts of judicial rape I've seen take place in Collin County, the more interesting question is why do we not see many, many more of these incidents?

The article' goes on to point out that courthouse security is increasing and programs are being developed and offered to lawyers and judges about how to anticipate and handle such incidents.  Probably a good idea.

We here at this blog do not advocate or condone violence against anyone in our community...no matter how justified it may seem.  But as I said previously, we certainly do understand where it comes from.

09 June 2011

Brooke Muncie Update

Dear readers,

I apologize for the delay in posting an update to the Brooke Muncie situation.  Unforeseen events demanded 100% of my attention for the past several weeks.

As detailed in previous posts, Brooke Muncie was the target of a bogus Amber Alert on May 8th...Mother's Day.  Though currently in the midst of a bitter divorce and custody battle, the McKinney Police Department did not hesitate to issue the bogus alert and launch a media smear campaign against Ms. Muncie based solely on the word of her future ex-husband, Mr. Brent Weltzer, and his mother.

As many readers will recall, the current Amber Alert system grew out of the Amber Plan that was created by DFW broadcasters in 1997 in the wake of the abduction and murder of Amber Hagerman.  The Texas Association of Broadcasters has a history of the program on their site.  From the inception of the program, strict criteria were established for alerts:

"The Primary EAS stations in the Dallas-Fort Worth market, WBAP and KRLD, agreed to immediately air messages about abducted children in situations that meet certain criteria. The broadcasters worked with police to develop criteria and guidelines that became the template for other cities in Texas and then other states to develop their own AMBER plans.
The criteria were designed to eliminate family custody disputes and speed up dissemination of information about kidnappings within the critical first three hours to an area where public participation has the most chance of locating a missing child."

In the course of a quick search on the program in Texas, I came across the November 2002 "Criminal Law Update".  For those who don't wait on pins and needles for home delivery of the "Criminal Law Update" each month, it is a publication published by the the Office of the Attorney General for the State of Texas.  The November 2002 issue focused on the newly established statewide Amber Alert system established by an Executive Order from Gov. Rick Perry (the entire issue is available here).  The story emphasizes the following:
"Family custody battles excluded
Several law enforcement agencies say they are learning to stick to rigid guidelines. Many agencies, for example, will not typically use the alerts for what appear to be kidnappings related to family custody battles."
Clearly, the creators of the Amber Alert program along with state and federal government agencies understood from the beginning that the value of the Amber Alert System would be diminished if used by parents in the midst of a custody battle.  The program was a response to the vicious and senseless abduction and murder of Amber  Hagerman and the intent was for the program to alert media, police agencies and citizens when a similar crime was thought to be in progress.  It was not intended to be used as a weapon by a narcissistic sociopathic parent against another.

Is it any wonder that such obvious abuse of the system is on display in Collin County?  No abuse of power or authority is off limits in this county.  Nothing is sacred...not even the memory of a 9 year old girl who was abducted and killed.

Brooke Muncie ended up spending 5 days in the Collin County Jail.  She was released on May 13th to the great relief of her panicked parents who traveled from Kentucky after hearing the news.

From what I can tell, Brooke has not yet been charged with kidnapping in the case.  Though I have not spoken with her, I have spoken with sources who are close to the situation.  One individual I spoke with who has intimate knowledge of the situation said that Brooke has been told that charges will not be filed if she makes a public statement praising the McKinney Police Department for their efforts.  I am in the process of confirming this story now.

If that is true, my advice to you, Brooke, is to do whatever you have to do to get out of the court system in Collin County and regain some level of custody of your son.  My prayers are with you.