Friday, August 26, 2011

WilCo can indict a ham sandwich..

WilCo can indict a ham sandwich!

I couldn't help but crack up for a second when a dear woman sent me a message saying this the other day.  Until I realized she was absolutely right.

We got lucky y'all.  We went up against and fought Williamson County Texas.   The county that boasts on it's own website that it's reputation for being one of the toughest counties in the US on crime.  The county who puts people in jail for simple infractions that may just get a warning anywhere else.  The county that mocks neighboring Travis County by doing the opposite, putting away people for any little infraction.  Evidence is rarely pertinent in WilCo, they don't need it.  DA John Bradley seemingly snaps his fingers and the bars close around people for years.  More than their actually being tough on crime is their need to constantly remind everyone they are tough on crime.  

I personally know people who will not so much as drive through Williamson County.  They will go out of their way to drive AROUND the county when going to Austin from the north.  I also know a guy that sat in WilCo jail for MONTHS while waiting for the judge to decide on his case.  His crime?  Driving without valid proof of insurance.  That's right, no insurance=jail time in WilCo.

Never mind CPS and other government agencies.  Last year CPS took a families son from them.  Their charge?  Teaching the child to mistrust government by not allowing CPS to enter his home.  They also claimed the child (age 7) had emotional problems because he cried when CPS and law enforcement entered the home in SWAT gear to take him.

I don't know how.  I don't know why.  But somehow we did it.  Austin's charge now reads "Dismissed" and our CPS charges "unfounded".  I don't know how we did it....

But we BEAT WILCO!!!!!

And now begins processing and healing.  It'll be a long road.  My son saw and experienced things as a child sitting 2 months in adult jail that will never leave him.  That he will never be free of when he closes his eyes to sleep at night.  We lost time we can never get back, all of our children lost a big peice of their innocence this summer.

But we will survive.  Because in beating this corrupt county we all learned that we are tough as nails and can face any challenge that comes our way.

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