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Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Holy Sh%#!

Josh Marshall at TPM posts this in response to Sen Cornyn's outrageous claim that recent violence against judges could be explained as the outraged reaction of a public justifiably upset with a judiciary that is aloof, arrogant and out of touch with mainstream values. Next thing we'll hear from Sen Cornyn is that all those Jews who died in the Holocaust might have been spared if they hadn't been such... You get the point.

Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall: April 03, 2005 - April 09, 2005 Archives:

"Sen. John Cornyn's hometown is San Antonio, Texas. And San Antonio is a city with some tragic experience with violence against judges.

On May 29th, 1979, a killer-for-hire, Charles Voyde Harrelson murdered Federal District Judge John Wood Jr.

In the words of a New York Times article (11/20/1982) that appeared three years later during Harrelson's trial, he hid 'in ambush outside the judge's apartment [and] used a high-powered rifle to shoot Judge Wood in return for a $250,000 payment from a drug dealer [Jamiel Chagra] who was facing trial before the judge.'

(ed.note: Note of thanks to TPM Reader JW. And for those of you who are addicted to trivia, yes, Harrelson is the father of actor Woody Harrelson.)
-- Josh Marshall "

Woody Harrelson's Dad was a contract killer?! You learn a new thing everyday.


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