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A Texas Lawyer You Don't Want to Mess With

Now this is why I moved to Texas.

Barnes According to Texas Lawyer, medical malpractice attorney Carolyn M. Barnes was arrested Tuesday for shooting at a census worker who knocked on the door of her house. Barnes told the worker, Kathleen Gittel, to leave, but Kathleen didn't have enough pep in her step, so Barnes fired off five rounds "in [Gittel's] direction."

I guess it could have been worse, Barnes could have eaten Gittel's liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti. 

Barnes, despite being a civil litigator, is no stranger to the inside of a jailhouse. As this article from the Austin American-Statesman details, Barnes was arrested in January for attacking a deputy who told her she couldn't bring a knife into the Travis County courthouse.

Also, in 2000, Barnes, as part of an ongoing dispute about a traffic ticket, threatened to "fight to the death" if authorities attempted to arrest her on a traffic warrant, stating that "This is why people bomb governmental offices, kill cops, and kill judges because of all the lies and abuses!" In discussing that dispute as part of her subsequent run for a seat on a local school board, she noted that, in her 17 years of practicing law, she "ha[d]n't shot anybody yet, not even come close." So much for that campaign slogan.

Posted by Eric Lipman on May 14, 2010 at 01:55 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)


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