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Reading is difficult. As a writer, I help the reader every way I can think of. As a reader, I work hard not to miss the big things in the middle of the road.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A Phone Call from a Southern Gentleman

Ninth Court of Appeals Justice Hollis Horton called today. In our wide-ranging conversation, he was curious about some of the background of the sexually-violent-predator civil-commitment system that he didn't have interaction with in his part of the process. He was surprised by the relative inexperience of lawyers working on both sides of the SVP docket. He said that he had not seen the 48 Hours piece on the best known SVP trial, that of Wesley Miller (I was Miller's trial counsel.). Justice Horton said that he had visited this blog, looking at the post about Judge Seiler's reversals (It's the second one below here.), and he and I agreed that we valued the work of Nancy Flake, Managing Editor of the Montgomery County Courier. His undergraduate degree, he told me, was in economics. He said he had to get off the phone because of the Beaumont courthouse shooting.

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