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Yea Despite the pleas of her defense attorneys, 371st District Judge James Wilson of Fort Worth decided on June 10 to keep the controversial trial of Chante Mallard in Tarrant County and allow Court TV to film it. Mallard is accused of striking a homeless man and leaving him to die, embedded in the windshield of her car. Her attorneys argued that local jurors may be prejudiced by statements made in the media about the case. But this case has received national coverage and made the rounds on all of the major network news programs. And it’s just the sort of case that needs to be televised. On June 23, prosecutors will have to jump through some hoops in the Texas Penal Code if they hope to convict Mallard, and Mallard’s attorneys have a good argument that she didn’t intentionally kill Gregory Glenn Biggs in 2001. It’s a case deserving of televised public justice in the town where the alleged crime was committed. Nay Texas long has prided itself on the bipartisan spirit exhibited by the Legislature, but bipartisanship bit the dust in the 78th legislative session. At some points in the session, Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives abandoned all pretence that they could get along and treat one another civilly. Some Democrats seemed determined to make the Republicans look bad, and some Republicans seemed equally determined to label the Democrats as the session’s bad boys. Though the legislators’ antics were at times amusing to watch, the verbal slug-matches did not help the state. If congressional redistricting is put on the agenda for an anticipated special session, Texas could be in store for more of the same partisan bickering. Our advice to both sides: Grow up.

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