Month: May 2012

Watching the end-game of one’s career

With strange pulses of feelings racing through my mind I realize that this is the end-game. Having been on the bench approaching 16 years I finally realize the fruits of my decision last year. It is election day, 2012, for the State of Texas primaries. The Republican Primary will, in about 45 minutes, have chosen my successor. Of course, we won’t know that answer for perhaps another two hours beyond that. The decision not to run again was always one of mixed feelings because I still enjoy the work. But I am doing what I said at the outset I would do, and that is to leave in this state of mind rather than waiting to become one of the grouchy displeased judges who stayed too long. Why risk having any feeling about a career like this other than “wow, that was a wonderful, privileged thing to do for my community,” why indeed? But today it’s very real. My replacement will become known and my slow trek out of the abyss of judicial isolation will begin in earnest. It’s the end-game. Related articles A day after a holiday, voters head for polls ( Like this:Like...

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FHA loans and how to communicate to FHA

FHA loans and how to communicate to FHA Rebuilding New Orleans Rebuilding New Orleans caused residents often to be challenged with the task of tracing home titles back potentially hundreds of years. With a community rich with history stretching back over two centuries, houses have been passed along through generations of family, sometimes making it quite difficult to establish ownership. Here’s a great letter an attorney wrote to the FHA on behalf of a client (Ed. note: believed to be true): You have to love this lawyer who apparently had a belly full with FHA loans ……. A New Orleans lawyer sought an FHA loan for a client. He was told the loan would be granted if he could prove satisfactory title to a parcel of property being offered as collateral. The title to the property dated back to 1803, which took the lawyer three months to track down. After sending the information to the FHA, he received the following reply. (Actual reply from FHA): “Upon review of your letter adjoining your client’s loan application, we note that the request is supported by an Abstract of Title. While we compliment the able manner in which you have prepared and presented the application, we must point out that you have only cleared title to the proposed collateral property back to 1803. Before final approval can be accorded, it will be necessary...

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Methamphetamine effects – multi-generational destruction

Methamphetamine effects are devastating, permanent, and affect everyone in the users’ life. The effects are typically multi-generational. Many babies are born addicted to meth. This is a presentation I created for a recent Drug Court session. My thought was to break up the routine of our typical sessions and toss out a reminder. Refresher 101 if you will, as most of the participants have at least dabbled in meth and for many it was their drug of choice. Portions of this material is from a project of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon entitled Faces of Meth™  Faces of Meth Click on the link and you will be prompted to download the file. The screens should auto-advance but the right-arrow key can also be used. Turn up your speakers. After the second slide there is a video with music — it may take a little time (15 seconds?) to load depending on your computer. It is (c) Judge Gil Jones 2012, portions (c)  Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. Related articles Babies addicted to drugs ( Kids of Meth-Using Moms at Risk of Behavioral Woes ( What Are The Effects of Mixing Methamphetamine and Alcohol? ( Recent Possibly Related External Links Shocking Photos of Meth Drug Addicts | JD Journal Methamphetamine Abuse. Images Released by An American Police … Immigration Hold Six Illegal aliens Miriam_Gonzalez_Hernandez … Like this:Like...

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