Thursday, March 10, 2011

Community, vigilantism, and karma

Now all my readers know I do not venture into topics that are controversial, political, or (frankly) interesting.

Just the bland and informative for D.A. Confidential.

But I would like to take a stand today and remind the good people of the world that vigilante justice is never okay. That taking the law into your own hands is always wrong.

I refer, specifically, to this story:

Shortly after finishing their protest at the funeral of Army Sgt. Jason James McCluskey of McAlester, a half-dozen protesters from Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., headed to their minivan, only to discover that its front and rear passenger-side tires had been slashed.

Rest of the story here.

So, a reminder to other communities: do not do this.


It's not okay.



No matter what.

No matter why.




  1. God does, indeed, work in mysterious ways.

  2. This criminal mischief case ends on up your desk in the morning. What do you do with it?

  3. Anon: no fair! I can't answer that question. :) Actually, I can: it's probably a misdemeanor and because I only do felonies I dismiss it. Yes, that's the reason I dismiss it. And, make no mistake, I will definitely remember to let the county attorney's office know to reindict it as a misdemeanor. How's that?

  4. That's weak. Tell us you'd burn the file in a ceremony outside Westboro Baptist Church and then give the offender a high 5 to boot.

    I know you wouldn't do that in real life, but on Fantasy Island you'd do it if you could get away with it.

  5. The Highest Court of the land was so off base on this one it was incredible. Yell Fire in a theater is not free speech and these nutcases actions are, BS. In my humble opinion the constitution and bill of rights were written to protect the people from government abuse. This issue has nothing to do with the protections of the constitution and bill of rights. These people should be stopped. What has happened to respect for those that gave the ultimate price for our freedom. Protest has it's place but not at a funeral and in particular a military one....or within a 100 miles.


Comments posted to this blog are NOT the opinion of the Travis County D.A.'s office, under any circumstances. They are only the personal, non-representative opinion of D.A. Confidential if posted under his name.
I welcome all comments, as long as they are expressed with politeness and respect. I will delete all comments that I deem to be personal attacks, or that are posted merely to antagonize or insult.