Saturday, April 10, 2010
COUNTRY MUSIC SOAP OPERA
This is Billy Joe Shaver. He wrote “You Asked Me Too” for Elvis Presley. More recently he shot a man in Waco. (No, not to see him die, but seemingly as the culmination of a barroom argument.) This started a two year legal ordeal that ended yesterday with some Texas justice. (Thank Munz for the story.)
“Billy Joe is a not-very-well-known-outside-of-Texas country-ish singer-songwriter (whose songs have been covered by Bob Dylan, Elvis, and Waylon Jennings) whose persona is that of the extreme crusty ole outlaw who has seen pain and suffering you can't even imagine. He is accused of shooting some guy in the face in a bar called Papa Joe's near Waco. The case involves a knife being used to stir a drink, Billy Joe allegedly asking the victim "Where do want it?" (ie, the bullet about to enter his body), a suicide, a woman (of course), and flamboyantly folksy defense attorney Dick DeGuerin, whose former clients include David Kuresh, Tom DeLay, and Kay Baily Hutchinson. DeGuerin already brought people in the courtroom to tears by telling a prospective juror and Iraq veteran something about him being the reason they "are all here," by which he meant an assault-with-a-deadly-weapon trial. His legal strategy includes such statements as "put yourself in Billy Joe's boots." (Click here for more>)
And click here for the media story and verdict.
Click here for Johnny Cash. (Who else?)
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Posted by Mick at 4/10/2010 05:21:00 PM