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June 30th, 2007:

“Draft Rick” in the Observer

The Observer blog writes about the Draft Rick Noriega movement, including a few quotes from yours truly. Hopefully, this will turn into a full-length piece for the print publication. Regardless, it’s good stuff, so check it out.

No diapers!

I could have lived without knowing this.

Her attorney wants to get something straight — former astronaut Lisa Nowak did not wear diapers to avoid bathroom breaks as she drove some 960 miles from Houston to Orlando to confront her romantic rival in February.

Instead the diapers found in her car that night were size “toddler 3,” hardly big enough for an adult, and were left over from her family’s evacuation from Houston in 2005 as Hurricane Rita approached, attorney Don Lykkebak said today.

The family, including Nowak herself and her husband, used the diapers then because at the time motels were swamped and restrooms and privacy were scarce. With reporters gathered around after a routine court hearing today, Lykkebak testily described how the family used the diapers.

“You can’t put it on,” he said. “To have privacy you have to find a way to get in your car, obviously not with the car running, and you (use the diapers) just to collect your waste, and you do that so you don’t have to go out in front of everybody.”

Uh, thanks, Counselor. I’ll be sure to remember that. Now can we please talk about something else?

Time flies like an arrow

Kristin Mack makes an interesting claim in her column about who’s thinking about running for what next year.

[Former HPD Chief CO] Bradford, who served as police chief in Mayor Lee Brown’s administration, still has some battle scars.

Among them, a last-minute pay raise Brown gave Bradford that increased his pension, the crime lab debacle that began during his tenure, and an indictment on a perjury charge that eventually was dismissed by a trial judge.

Emphasis mine. All I can say to that is “Say what?”

Independent investigator Michael Bromwich outlined a series of steps he said officials should take to determine what role blood-typing and DNA evidence played in securing convictions against as many as 600 defendants — including 14 already executed — whose cases were processed at the Houston Police Department’s crime lab between 1980 and 2002.

1980 was a long time ago – I was a high schooler living in New York back then. Nonetheless, I’m pretty sure that CO Bradford was not Houston’s chief of police at that time. I have no idea who it was, but it wasn’t Bradford.

Perhaps this was just an inartful construction. It is true that the HPD crime lab problems came to light during Chief Bradford’s tenure – maybe that’s what she meant to say. One could then also say that this makes that an asset for Bradford, not a liability, since we wouldn’t be at the point of finally resolving this debacle had it not been for Bradford. Perhaps that’s a stretch, but it’s closer to the truth than saying the problems began while Bradford was chief.