I'm not sure why politicians think that robocalling the electorate is a good idea. One of the most popular pieces of federal legislation was the establishment of the National Do Not Call Registry in 2003. Sadly, one of the exceptions to the bill allows for political calls, and increasingly those calls are made by recordings. I can't fathom that there is any data that suggests intentionally annoying people in their houses with recorded messages during dinner is an effective campaign strategy. So this blog post is my windmill tilting to make them go away. Political Robocall Apology: A Story A […]Continue Reading →
Did you know that "Online Impersonation" is a crime in Texas? I thought I knew a lot about the web, but ran across this relating to a legal case I know about. Enacted into law in 2009, here's the complete Texas 'Online Impersonation' statute. In key part: "Sec. 33.07. ONLINE IMPERSONATION. (a) A person commits an offense if the person, without obtaining the other person's consent and with the intent to harm, defraud, intimidate, or threaten any person, uses the name or persona of another person to: (1) create a web page on a commercial social networking site or other Internet website; or […]Continue Reading →
Who advises United Airlines on their public relations in Houston? Former Houston Oilers owner Bud Adams? Saw this comment after the Houston Chronicle article reporting that United Airlines was cutting jobs after the Houston counsel vote allowing international flights out of Hobby Airport: Hey United, you're not the first one to try and coerce the citizens of Houston into something they didn't want to do. Go ask Bud Adams how that worked out for him. He bailed on the 4th largest city in the country because he didn't get his way. His team now plays in the 20th largest city […]Continue Reading →
Before reading this Q&A, please read Part 1, "Saints Bountygate is Now Saints Litigate: Common Q&As." Documents relevant to the "Bountygate" issue are located there, along with answers to a lot of talk radio type questions. Please read the documents yourself and draw your own conclusions. Here are my answers of additional questions received from NFL fans: Will the failure of the players to participate in the June 18th hearing in front of Roger Goodell work against them? That's the question posed by the Pro Football Talk Mike Florio's blog post, "Failure to participate in appeal process could come back […]Continue Reading →
This week in dysfunctional labor relations pits the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) against the NFL. Unsurprisingly, after the NFL came out with their final determination in the so-called Saints Bountygate bounty/pay for performance issue, the NFLPA filed suit against the NFL on behalf of all the penazlied players except Jonathan Vilma. This is after Saints player Vilma had already sued Roger Goodell for defamation, and Goodell and the NFL to stop his punishment. If you are a NFL fan who wants to have an informed opinion about these matters, I suggest reading the actual legal documents. Some people believe that […]Continue Reading →
As I noted last March in my blog post entitled, "Why the New Orleans Saints Bounty Penalties are Too Harsh," the NFL was likely going to face issues with the Saints Bountygate investigations and if they extended the penalties to players as well. As I explained then, I am not a Saints fan, nor am I advocating bounties or pay for injury or pay for performance pools. No one is. If there ever were a "culture of bounties," such a thing is dead. Not just because of the unprecedented NFL penalties but because of public stigma and the prohibition against […]Continue Reading →
Back in the day, when I was trying to get my first real job, I put Tex Mex on my resume as an interest. In school I didn't have too many interests other than watching/playing sports, studying, and well, cheap Tex Mex food. Also a way to signal to employers that I had no interest whatsoever of leaving Texas. Turned out that in short interviews with various people, we ended up talking about Tex Mex food a lot. Employers are often just trying to find out if you have decent BS and that you won't be an horrible person to […]Continue Reading →
Houston criminal lawyers Neal Davis and my husband Bill Stradley represented Raul Rodriguez, a man convicted of murdering his neighbor in a confrontation relating to loud music from a party. A jury sentenced Mr Rodriguez to 40 years in prison. There have been many media reports about this case. It is difficult to find ones that are entirely factually accurate. Public Interest in Stand Your Ground Laws, Gun Policy. This case has generated public interest for many reasons: 1. The 22:03 minutes leading up to the shooting are all captured on video. 2. Kelly Danaher was a widely-beloved teacher, husband, […]Continue Reading →
Very much enjoyed reading Alison Cook’s Top 100 Houston restaurants list. As she noted, it isn’t not her Houston best restaurant list, but the ones that she really finds memorable, for whatever personal reasons that speak to her. Her list is particularly good in identifying ethnic food restaurants that you might not be familiar with. Inspired by her list, I tried to come up with my own list to see if I could even come up with 100 restaurants that I really love. I couldn’t. My criteria for my list? My list criteria was a combination of these factors: Is […]Continue Reading →
The Harris County Criminal Justice Center often contains unsual sights. Brian Rogers, a Houston Chronicle courts/crime reporter, put together a tumblr of face tattoos. Often you can marvel at the informal clothing people choose to wear to their court appearances. The husband Bill often sends me picture of food (I like food) and strange things he encounters. But the picture below defies explanation. Without cropping this closer to make it crystal clear what this is in its grotesqueness, the picture below is a used condom that Bill saw near the elevator bank of the court house. Yuck, sorry, but whoa. […]Continue Reading →
"That's a clown question bro." The response the underaged Nationals' baseball player, Bryce Harper gave when asked about what his favorite beer in Canada was. Every time I hear the word "clown," I think of this odd clown painting I discovered at The Antique Guys in the Montrose area. It was such a disturbing painting that I wanted to buy it and put it in my husband's office as a prank. Even with the cracked canvas, they wanted over $1000 (!!!!?) for it. Um no. The reason? Apparently it came from some estate sale from some Houston manse, and he […]Continue Reading →
Greetings to readers from my old Houston Criminal Law blog location or from other parts of the web. This is the new location of my personal blog where I park non-Texans writings. I will continue and enjoy blogging for the Houston Chronicle online about the Texans, but sometimes I want to write about things that don’t fit there. This blog is hosted at StradleyLaw.com because 1. it allows to write without doing the techical website support stuff that I don’t like to do; 2. maybe it means people can find my husband’s site in the vastness of the web. It’s not […]Continue Reading →
I can’t say I am a fan of the NFL-enacted penalties against the New Orleans Saints for bounties and the cover-up of the bounty program. Though much has been said and written about this, nothing really captures my fan-focused thinking. Here’s some thoughts: 1. Bounties are bad. I’m not defending bounties, or that it is a good idea to lie or cover up things to the NFL Commissioner’s office. Just getting that thought out of the way. 2. What is the purpose of NFL punishment? The NFL, unlike the legal system, doesn’t have a set of penalties for different offenses. […]Continue Reading →
The husband Bill reported seeing a guy at the Harris County Criminal Justice Center wearing this t-shirt. He wasn’t sure if the guy was a defendant or visitor, but I don’t have to tell you that’s not an appropriate look anywhere. I don’t think this would impress the judge in a case…or the ladies. If you disagree and feel the need to broadcast your manhood status to the world, you can find this shirt at Spread Shirt for $20.90. Bill thought about taking a picture of the actual guy wearing the shirt, but you don’t want to be busted taking […]Continue Reading →
I’ve been watching the sad Clipper Darrell super fan saga with great interest. He says he is devastated that the Clippers told him that they preferred for him to drop the “Clipper” out of his name. Upset enough that just talking about it makes him cry (Part 1 and Part 2 on YouTube). The Clippers responded with a crushing, ugly statement saying that that Clipper Darrell “has not returned our support in an honorable way. He is not actually a fan of the Clippers, but a fan of what he can make off of the Clippers.” A followup article by […]Continue Reading →
NOPE! I guess from now on when I want to say “Nope” to someone with a face that says “Really??!,” I will just link to this page. Turned my husband into nope meme, not to be confused with a dope fiend. ——————- This is a picture of the spouse Bill when we visited the Houston Modern Market this weekend. I’m not sure you want a gigantic mod sign saying “NOPE” in your house or place of business. Think if there’s a Feng Shui rule on enormous signs, this one would bring too much negative energy. I didn’t end up buying […]Continue Reading →
Most of the people who hire our criminal defense firm have never been in trouble with the law before and see themselves as law-abiding people. Everybody wants to throw the book at criminals unless it is them or their loved one that becomes part of the legal process. In our practice, we see many cases of people who get arrested due to random dumb things, misunderstandings and/or a weird set of circumstances. And one of the most difficult situations is when kids become a part of the legal system. It can disrupt their school and life plans. Seems like there […]Continue Reading →
As a former assistant district attorney and current criminal defense lawyer, my husband, Bill Stradley is known for working on difficult trial cases that other attorneys do not have experience handling. Recently, he was asked by Ian Simpson of Reuters to comment on the Jerry Sandusky child sexual assault case. This Q&A format may help expand on his thoughts and help further understanding of the situation. Our Q&A: Q: In the article, you were quoted as saying “This is going to be a difficult trial. It’s going to be brutal.” Can you explain further? A-Bill Stradley: The difficulty of most […]Continue Reading →
I learned about blogging from my sister Debby. She wrote an inspirational blog that started off talking about her life and her love for daughter Zoe, and sadly ended talking about her fight against leukemia that eventually resulted in her death (her obit). She beat leukemia once, but relapsed in November 2008. On Thanksgiving of that year, she became very sick from the effects of the chemotherapy, and I rushed her to the MD Anderson ER. I’ve never been as thankful as I was that Thanksgiving. Sad we couldn’t be with our family, but thankful that hospital workers were there […]Continue Reading →
One way that politicians on both sides of the aisle get elected is being “tough on crime.” Nobody wants to take laws off the books that make them look soft. If there’s a high profile bad act that happens, the first action is a politician grandstanding to fight that evil with a new law. There’s also big money lobbying interests who want to criminalize acts against their businesses. That protects businesses, but taxpayers end up paying for this enforcement service. Problem is more laws mean more money. Money to prosecute those cases and to have judges hear them. Money to […]Continue Reading →
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