Friday, February 26, 2016

"Come at the King, You Best Not Miss"

Texas judges and justices seem to write some of the more entertaining judicial opinions. We've seen Justice Willett's Lion King concurrence and dissent in El-Ali v. State and Justice Lehrmann's citation to The Big Lebowski on prior restraint.

Now, we get Judge Newell of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals quoting The Wire in the high-profile criminal case against former Texas governor Rick Perry. I wrote about the Perry case several years ago when Perry's legal team filed a motion to dismiss the charges and contrasted Perry's lack of power over the purse with the almost absolute power exercised by Caesar Augustus and Louis XIV.

The Court of Criminal Appeals recently dismissed the indictment against Perry. Judge Newell, in concurring, cited Omar Little, notorious robber of drug dealers on HBO's The Wire:

"Come at the king, you best not miss."

You can read the majority opinion here and Judge Newell's concurrence here.

Happy Friday!

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