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Leading Off (2/19/13)

Dallas DA Craig Watkins Thumbs His Nose at the Court. You’ve been following this (paywall), right? You haven’t? Okay, let me get you up to speed. DA Craig Watkins and super rich lawyer Lisa Baron are totally besties 4ever. Lisa doesn’t like Al Hill III, because even though he’s a Hunt and should have tons of money, he doesn’t want to give any of it to Lisa, who at one point tried to get even more money for Al from his father, whose name is Al Hill Jr. He used to live in Dallas. I’m talking about Al Hill III, not his father. Now he lives in Atlanta. Again, still talking about the younger Al Hill. But so anyway, right before Al was supposed to go to court to talk about all the money that Lisa says he owes her, Craig initiated a criminal case against Al for mortgage fraud. So then Al was all like, “With this criminal thing hanging over my head, I can’t go to court and defend myself against Lisa. You two are totally ganging up on me!” That right there, in certain legal circles, is called prosecutorial misconduct. So State District Judge Lena Levario wanted to hear about this whole thing, and she said, “People, don’t make me do this on Valentine’s Day! If you don’t stop it this instant, I will make you all come to my court on Valentine’s Day.” And that’s what she did. Only guess what? Craig was all like, “Talk to the hand.” On Valentine’s Day, he sent his assistants to court, and they were like, “Craig’s not coming. Take that, beeyotches! That’s how you protect the sanctity of prosecutorial investigations. And, anyway, he’s sick. Yes, yes, he’s in the office right now. He’s not that sick. He’s not, like, vomiting chunks. But he’s not feeling awesome enough to come to court.” In an editorial today, the Dallas Morning News got all sour facey about the whole deal. And now you’re up to speed.

Former Saginaw Cop Loses His Ess on Video. I am writing this post on an 8-year-old MacBook running woefully out-of-date version of Safari, so I can’t watch the video myself, but you’ll probably want to watch this vid of Andrew Peterson. Because that’s the kind of person you are.

Man Kills Baby Because He Had a Bad Hangover. Dammit. The world can be an ugly place.