I hope your day is warm and wonderful and that somebody loves you enough to make you a chocolate pecan pie. I also hope you can mix leftover Aunt Erlene’s potato salad in with the turkey bones so that it doesn’t stand out on your plate that it’s awful. I do not know who taught that woman to make potato salad but they are going to hell.
I’ve got some great updates on the Alex Jones in Texas which I will post later after the hub bub is over and I just need to sit and grin.
Okay, there was another Alex Jones hearing in Austin last week. This one was for sanctions and a request for the judge to overrule the Texas Legislature’s cap on punitive damages. It works like this: In Texas, the jury decides on two damages – one is actual damages and the other is called punitive damages. Punitive damages are meant to punish the bad guy who caused the lawsuit.
The jury in this case awarded about $4.5 million for actual damages on a vote of 10 – 2. We learned after the trial from the jurors themselves that the two who voted “no” wanted the damages to be much higher. Next the lawyers argued punitive damages to the jurors. The jury came back with $45 million on that.
However, the Texas Legislature decided that jurors could be trusted in deciding between life and death but they could not be trusted with really important stuff like money. So, they put a cap of $750,000 for punitive damages. Juries are never told about this.
So, no matter what the jury says, the most that you can punish a civil shame bucket in Texas is $750,000.
There are a few rare exceptions to the cap but they are narrow and difficult to prove.
The judge in this case is Maya Guerra Gamble and I’ll have more to say about her later. After a day long hearing with lawyers Numbers 15 and 16 for Jones, she ruled that this case did not warrant caps and awarded the entire $50 million to Neil and Scarlett.
One other thing: The lawyer who totally messed up the Jones defense was there. Andino Reynal returned to the scene of his last humiliation. Mark has asked for a sanctions hearing against him for the waste of time and money during this case. The judge has made no secret of the fact that she is “disappointed with” his appearances in court. He spoke not a word during this hearing and let the two new lawyers do all the talking.
He, however, did claim that he will be the attorney to represent Jones in the next two cases. We are pleased to hear that.
More to come.