Public Defenders – In Action!

Idea for a new comedy series: Public Defenders – In Action! Stirring tales of the public defenders facing insurmountable odds. In Episode 1 we see the lovable but bumbling public defender give his opening statement to the jury. On trial for kidnap and murder is Brendt Christensen. We are stunned to hear the public defender state to the jury that yes, his client killed Yingying Zhang! [1]

In Episode 2 we find that Christensen’s public defender might not have been such a boob after all. Preparing the case, he had studied an old movie, The Dock Brief (released in the U.S. as Trial and Error). In that 1962 film, the English public defender (Peter Sellers) had done such a poor job that his client was later acquitted on appeal. [2]

In Episode 3 we again see public defenders in action. This time the foil for delightful wit is Nikolas Cruz, designated fall guy for the February 14, 2018 Parkland school shootings. Lee Harvey Oswald was spotted out walking by Officer J.D. Tippit (so the story goes); Nikolas Cruz was spotted out walking by an alert police officer, subsequent to the Parkland Valentine’s Day Massacre. During the shooting, an eyewitness, a student at the high school, “was speaking to the (air quotes) suspect (end air quotes), Nikolas Cruz.” As they both exited the building, shots were still being fired. [3] The comedic element in this episode has a twist: public defenders not in action. Fall guy Cruz still languishes in jail, awaiting trial. [4]

In Episode 4 the twist is that the public defender for Patrick Crusius, apparent fall guy for the El Paso Wall-Mart shootings, is an actual attorney instead of a career public defender. Mark Stevens of San Antonio, in his private practice, has an impressive track record in criminal defense. Stevens was appointed to represent Crusius by a judge. [5] Dare we imagine that a vigorous defense will be provided in this case? We shall see. In the meantime, count on laughs-a-plenty as strategic leaks appear in the “news”.

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[1] “Kidnapping and murder of Yingying Zhang”, Wikipedia. Accessed August 13, 2019. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kidnapping_and_murder_of_Yingying_Zhang
[2] “The Dock Brief”, Wikipedia. Accessed August 13, 2019. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dock_Brief
[3] “Multiple Shooters at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, February 26, 2018. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2018/02/26/multiple-shooters-at-marjory-stoneman-douglas-high-school/
[4] “Stoneman Douglas High School shooting”, Wikipedia. Accessed August 10, 2019. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoneman_Douglas_High_School_shooting
[5] “San Antonio lawyer will represent suspected domestic terrorist in El Paso shooting”, by Uriel J. Garcia. El Paso Times, August 6, 2019. https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/crime/2019/08/06/san-antonio-lawyer-represent-el-paso-shooting-suspect-patrick-crusias/1933301001/

 

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Symbolism of WALL-Mart

The story of the August 3, 2019 El Paso Wal-Mart massacre reminded Ersjdamoo of the 1958 film noir classic, Touch Of Evil. That movie was based on a pulp fiction novel, Badge of Evil, by Whit Masterson. In the novel, Rudy Linneker is killed when a mysterious killer blows up his house using a couple of sticks of dynamite. At first, Linneker’s daughter Tara and her fiancé Delmont Shayon are the primary suspects until disgruntled employee Ernest Farnum makes a surprise confession and is promptly jailed. [1]

Kind of eerie, no? At first there were reports of multiple shooters at the El Paso Wal-Mart on August 3, 2019. But then Patrick Crusius makes a surprise confession and is promptly jailed.

As usual, with no real news going on (unless you count the Jeffrey Epstein alleged suicide), Ersjdamoo ponders. Did he spell Wal-Mart correctly? Most spellings have it as Walmart. Why was his subconscious spelling it Wal-Mart? And then, like a bolt from the blue, it came: WALL-Mart!

On December 19, 2018 conservative political columnist Ann Coulter tweeted, GUTLESS PRESIDENT IN WALL-LESS COUNTRY (her capitalizations). Notice how she spelled WALL-LESS, as in WALL-Mart. Coulter was wondering, Where the heck is that border wall Donald Trump promised us?

On Friday, July 26th, the Supreme Court OK’d Defense funds for the border wall, a.k.a., the Firmament. All systems were “go,” but then one week later occurred the shootings at the WALL-Mart.

It was “insensitive,” say the newsfakers, for the Trump administration to conduct ICE raids so soon after the El Paso incident. But just imagine the howls of feigned outrage from the newsfakers if President Trump had at long last begun construction of the border wall. And imagine the apoplexy if the construction had begun at the El Paso/Ciudad Juarez border!

“There is a lot more to the [El Paso WALL-Mart] story than what networks are reporting”, tweeted Washington Examiner reporter Anna Giaritelli. Amazing! What else does Giaritelli say?

On July 20, 2019 Giaritelli had tweeted:

The Trump 2020 campaign likes to say “finish the wall,” but government data shows they are misleading the public because no new fence has gone up on the border in the 30 months since he took office. [2]

But then, at last, on July 26th, the Supreme Court OK’d Defense funds for the border wall. Alas! On August 3rd came the El Paso WALL-Mart incident. A week later, August 10th: Border Patrol Agents Shot at from Mexican Side of Rio Grande. [3]

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[1] “Badge of Evil”, Wikipedia. Accessed August 12, 2019. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badge_of_Evil
[2] Tweet by Anna Giaritelli, July 20, 2019. https://twitter.com/Anna_Giaritelli/status/1152608444903411714?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
[3] Tweet by Anna Giaritelli, August 10, 2019. https://twitter.com/ManuelPadillaJr/status/1160203973783162880?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

 

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Touch Of Evil in El Paso

In the 1958 film noir classic, Touch of Evil, an incident occurs at the U.S.–Mexico border. Is the jurisdiction Mexico or the United States? A compromise has Miguel “Mike” Vargas (Charlton Heston), a Mexican drug enforcement agent, working with game-legged American police captain Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles) to solve the case.

We don’t know in the film what the border town is, but it could be El Paso, which borders Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

“Uncle” Joe Grandi is a crime boss in the unknown Mexican town… let us call it Juarez. “Grandi” is pronounced like “Grande”… as in Rio Grande. The Rio Grande is the line between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez.

The years pass. “Uncle” Joe Grandi is long gone, but the family criminal operation remains and has grown. Captain Hank Quinlan has died from too much candy bars and not enough of Tanya’s (Marlene Dietrich’s) good Mexican chili con carne. Captain Quinlan’s grandson though, Hank Quinlan III, is an El Paso police lieutenant.

By now the Grandi crime family has expanded into semi-legit businesses. They control, for example, all of the watermelons crossing from Juarez into El Paso. The local Wal-Mart manager doesn’t like the high watermelon prices. He begins purchasing from other sources instead of the Grandi monopoly. The Grandi’s are furious and decide to teach a lesson to the local Wal-Mart. Three or four stone-cold killers are smuggled from Juarez to El Paso.

But the operation is risky. The Grandi’s will need a fall-guy, a patsy, to take the blame. It must be someone so stupid they will surrender and confess even if they are a mile away from the Wal-Mart. The Grandi contact within the El Paso PD is Hank Quinlan III, who is more crooked than his late grandfather. Lieutenant Quinlin III knows people. They hypnotize one Patrick Crusius into believing it is all just a video game called “Wal-Mart Massacre.”

On August 3, 2019, at 10:21 a.m., the hypnotized Crusius believes he is about to try out the new video game. (Really he has entered the Wal-Mart.) Feeling a tad hungry, Crusius stops for a bite to eat. He is not nervous at all. He thinks it is just a video game. With a slight burp Crusius wipes his mouth then exclaims, “Gamer revolution!” The “video game” has begun.

Afterwards, calmly driving in his car, the hypnotism starts to wear off. As reality returns to Crusius’s mind, he experiences a state of shock and confusion. “Was it live, or was it Memorex?” he wonders. He exits the car and confesses, knowing only that he is the shooter. Whether in reality or just in the video game he does not yet know for sure.

The real killers hired by the Grandi crime family are hidden in a “safe house” for a few days, then smuggled across the Rio Grande back to Juarez. The true facts are almost miraculously discovered due to sleuthing by San Antonio criminal defense attorney, Mark Stevens, appointed to represent Crusius. The cross-border connection to the crime makes it a matter of joint-Mexican/American jurisdiction. Mexico assigns Pedro “Pete” Vargas, nephew of the late Miguel “Mike” Vargas, to the case.


Obviously the above has just been some fantasizing. I rather doubt a watermelon monopoly caused the Wal-Mart shootings.

 

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We Don’t Know About El Paso

The El Paso Times has organized a timeline for the tragic event of August 3, 2019.

August 3; 10:15 a.m. A four-page screed is posted to 8chan, warning of an impending attack.

August 3; 10:21 a.m. Alleged shooter Patrick Crusius arrives at the El Paso Wal-Mart. He eats! El Paso Times does not say if there was a restaurant inside or if Crusius brought a sandwich with him. El Paso Times does not say if Crusius had his rifle with him while he ate, or if he ate, then went to his car to get the rifle.

August 3; 10:39 a.m. The first call was made to the El Paso Police from the Wal-Mart. Separately NPR reported the El Paso Police arrived about six minutes after receiving calls about a disturbance. This would have been somewhere between 10:45 a.m. and 10:50 a.m. El Paso Times says police arrived at 10:45 a.m.

This would have been somewhere between 10:45 a.m. and 10:50 a.m. El Paso Times says police arrived at 10:45 a.m. NPR reported Crusius “surrendered to Texas Rangers” about 1 mile away from the Wal-Mart.

August 3; 11:03 a.m. In this time listing, El Paso Times says Crusius was arrested. Crusius’ arrest is also listed in the 10:45 a.m. slot.

August 4; 2:28 a.m. Crusius appears in court.

August 4; 11:04 p.m. Cloudfare discontinues service for 8chan.

August 5; 4:30 p.m. El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen says Crusius appears to be in a state of shock and confusion. (Or a post-hypnotic state?)

August 6; 6:00 a.m. It is learned the Wal-Mart had no security guard. (This does not mean no Loss Prevention personnel nor no security cameras.)

August 7; 1:55 p.m. Big payout (over $5.5 million) announced by Gov. Greg Abbott for El Paso law enforcement.

Wikipedia says shooting began just before 10:40 a.m. El Paso Times has Crusius being arrested somewhere between 10:45 and 11:03 a.m. There were 46 persons shot. Those people were not standing in a line waiting to be executed; they were trying to avoid being shot. Crusius allegedly begins shooting at about 10:38 a.m. The police arrive somewhere between 10:45 a.m. and 10:50 a.m. Crusius nonetheless is able to return to his car and drive a mile away. Associated Press (AP) reports Crusius was stopped at an intersection, got out of his car, and told “officers” he was “the shooter.” (“Police: El Paso suspect said he targeted Mexicans”, Associated Press. Published locally in the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette, August 10, 2019, Page A-3.)

(Main source for the above has been “Everything we know so far about the El Paso shooting and how it unfolded”, by Nate Chute, Karl Gelles and James Sergent. El Paso Times, August 9, 2019. https://www.elpasotimes.com/in-depth/news/2019/08/09/el-paso-shooting-timeline-vigil-tragedy-trump-visit-beto/1932524001/ )

 

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New Development in El Paso Case

Lengua Española lists 24 definitions for El Paso. Definition #17 is, “Lugar por donde se puede pasar” (A place through which one can pass, i.e., The Pass.) [1] Just across the Rio Grande River at El Paso, Texas is Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. El Paso is The Pass, the avenue between Mexico and the United States.

At The Pass is a Wal-Mart. On August 3, 2019, at 12:11 p.m. local time, the El Paso Police Department tweeted, “We have multi reports of multiple shooters.” [2] This gives us a definite time: 12:11 p.m.

The shooter or shooters opened fire “just before 10:40 a.m.” [3]

NPR reports alleged lone-nut gunman Patrick Crusius “was in his car — nearly a mile away from the horrific scene — when he surrendered to Texas Rangers, according to an arrest affidavit.” The affidavit reportedly says Crusius exited the vehicle with his hands raised in the air and stated out loud to the agents, “I’m the shooter.” [4] (A similar circumstance occurred in the movie, My Cousin Vinny, when Bill Gambini thought he was confessing to shoplifting.)

I do not find in the NPR report any time given for when Crusius surrendered to Texas Rangers. [4]

Here are some of the times:

  • 10:40 am – Patrick Crusius enters the Wal-Mart shouting “gamer revolution” [5] and allegedly begins firing.
  • 11:00 am (approximate) – El Paso Police Department officers arrive at the store about six minutes after receiving calls about a disturbance. [4]
  • 12:11 pm – Tweet from El Paso Police Department, “We have multi reports of multiple shooters.” [2]
  • Unknown time – Nearly a mile away from the Wal-Mart Patrick Crusius exits the vehicle and surrenders.

So we have Patrick Crusius allegedly opening fire at 10:40 am. He allegedly shot and killed 22 people as well as shooting and injuring 24 others (total 46). [3] Crusius then is able to leave the Wal-Mart, get in his car, and drive almost a mile before Texas Rangers capture him.

A San Antonio criminal defense attorney, Mark Stevens, is representing Crusius. Stevens both is and is not a public defender. A judge can appoint a lawyer to represent a defendant from “a public appointment list, which includes the El Paso Public Defender’s Office, using a system of rotation.” A judge can also appoint a lawyer out of order if there is “a finding of good cause.” El Paso Times reports it is not clear if Stevens was next on the list or if the judge found “good cause” to appoint him. [6]

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[1] Diccionario General Ilustrado de la Lengua Española, dirigida por Manuel Alvar Ezquerra. Barcelona: Biblograf, 1987.
[2] “Mass shooting that killed 20 in El Paso investigated as ‘domestic terrorism’: Officials”, by Chris Francescani, et al. ABC News (online), August 4, 2019. https://abcnews.go.com/US/police-el-paso-issue-report-active-shooter/story?id=64753896
[3] “2019 El Paso shooting”, Wikipedia. Accessed August 10, 2019. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_El_Paso_shooting
[4] “‘I’m The Shooter,’ El Paso Suspect Allegedly Told Police”, by Vanessa Romo. National Public Radio, August 9, 2019. https://www.npr.org/2019/08/09/749954115/el-paso-alleged-gunman-admitted-i-m-the-shooter-police-say
[5] “Reports & ‘8chan manifesto’ identify El Paso shooter as Hispanic-hating, Christchurch-inspired 21yo”, Russia Today (RT), August 3, 2019. (Edited August 5, 2019.) https://on.rt.com/9zdi
[6] “San Antonio lawyer will represent suspected domestic terrorist in El Paso shooting”, by Uriel J. Garcia. El Paso Times, August 6, 2019. https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/crime/2019/08/06/san-antonio-lawyer-represent-el-paso-shooting-suspect-patrick-crusias/1933301001/

 

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Head Them Off At the Pass

In old movies, the posse or the cavalry will decide, “Let’s head them off at the pass.” In Spanish, The Pass is El Paso. Across the river is Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Antifa had planned to head them off at the pass (El Paso). On August 1, 2019 a “border resistance convergence” planned for September was reported by KVIA-TV, El Paso ABC affiliate. The Antifa El Paso convergence was scheduled for September 1 thru 10. [1]

Also reported on August 1, 2019 was an exclusive from Yahoo News: An unpublicized FBI document was suddenly leaked. Beware of “conspiracy theory-driven domestic extremists” warned FBI Phoenix. [2]

Two days later, August 3, 2019, at 12:11 p.m. local time, the El Paso Police Department tweeted, “We have multi reports of multiple shooters.” [3] “Multi reports” means multiple persons had phoned El Paso PD saying it was multiple shooters. Eyewitness Adriana Quezada had not yet been clued she was supposed to say “lone nut” so when she was interviewed she said “three or four men dressed in black.” [4] Later the story got ironed-out into lone nut Patrick Crusius. Most “news” reports now do not even say “alleged” when they mention him.

Crusius was quickly linked to a “screed” on 8chan, a sinister place on Internet. They do not definitely know he wrote the “screed” but they are “pretty sure.” This was enough evidence though for Congress to summon the owner of 8chan to appear before them. A minor problem though is Congress doesn’t have his address. He is supposed to reside somewhere in the Philippines.

Anna Giaritelli of the Washington Examiner newspaper was first to reveal the name of Patrick Crusius. “There is a lot more to the story than what networks are reporting,” Giaritelli also tweeted.

Around this time the mayor of El Paso declared Antifa unwelcome in the city. Whether or not Antifa will stand down remains to be seen.

Crusius, the patsy, now has two lawyers, probably public defenders. Nikolas Cruz also has public defenders. So did Brendt Christensen, accused locally of kidnap and murder. In their opening statement to the jury, Christensen’s “defenders” admitted their client did the crime! So indications are that fall guy Crusius will be found guilty and tucked away, never to be heard from again.

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[1] “Leftist groups plan ten-day ‘resistance convergence’ at border”, by Julio-Cesar Chavez. KVIA-TV, August 1, 2019. https://www.kvia.com/news/el-paso/leftist-groups-plan-ten-day-resistance-convergence-at-border/1102483648
[2] “Exclusive: FBI document warns conspiracy theories are a new domestic terrorism threat”, by Jana Winter. Yahoo News, August 1, 2019. https://news.yahoo.com/fbi-documents-conspiracy-theories-terrorism-160000507.html
[3] “Mass shooting that killed 20 in El Paso investigated as ‘domestic terrorism’: Officials”, by Chris Francescani, et al. ABC News (online), August 4, 2019. https://abcnews.go.com/US/police-el-paso-issue-report-active-shooter/story?id=64753896
[4] “A Heinous and Senseless Act”, by Cedar Attanasio, Michael Balsamo, and Diana Heidgerd. Associated Press. Published locally in the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette, August 4, 2019. Page A-3.

 

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Demons of El Paso

Asclepius told King Ammon how around the Sun there are a troop of demons. These demons oversee human activity. The demons are many and of different types. Some are good demons (like the La Junta Elf perhaps). The various demons “have all been granted authority over the things of the earth, and they produce change and tumult collectively for cities and nations, individually for each person.” [1]

Seeking to understand what happened in El Paso on August 3, 2019 one is forced at this point to brainstorm. Not enough facts have been given, for instance unconfirmed reports of multiple shooters. If there were multiple shooters, then that spells c-o-n-s-p-i-r-a-c-y. (Unless they came together by coincidence, or unless it was evil demons congregating by coincidence.)

More on this subject of the demons inhabiting between the Sun and Earth is given in the Corpus Hermeticum XVI. Note that editions of Marsilio Ficino’s translation of the Corpus Hermeticum before the Greek editio princeps of Turnebus did not include chapter XVI. [2]

The demons can be good or bad. In Greek mythology they are “any of the secondary divinities ranking between the gods and men.” They can also be a “guardian spirit” and/or an “inspiring or inner spirit.” [3]

Asclepius has it that “[t]he demons on duty at the exact moment of birth, arrayed under each of the stars, take possession of each of us as we come into being and receive a soul.” [1] So maybe the El Paso shooter(s) was/were “born under a bad sign,” as the song goes. [4]

I am going with the plural, shooters, at this point due partly to seeing the unedited interview of eyewitness Adriana Quezada. She says she saw 3 or 4 men dressed in black doing the shootings at the El Paso Wal-Mart. Her daughter, also an eyewitness, confirms 3 or 4 men dressed in black as the shooters.

This all may bother self-righteous types now getting off on indignation. Sorry if I have ruined your high. But let this be a lesson to first assemble all the facts before you embark upon sanctimony.

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[1] Hermetica, edited by Brian P. Copenhaver. Cambridge University Press, 1992.
[2] Notes for Corpus Hermeticum XVI in the 1992 Copenhaver edition. See source note #1 above.
[3] “daemon”. Webster’s New World College Dictionary (Fourth Edition), edited by Michael Agnes & David B. Guralnik. Cleveland, OH: Wiley Publishing, 2010.
[4] “Born Under A Bad Sign”, from Strange Brew: The Very Best Of Cream. Compilation 1983, Polydor Ltd., London.

 

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