The cattle-rustling County Judge

“Bonkers” is the first word that came to mind as I read this Twitter thread and the linked story at the end of it:

Read the rest of the thread and the story at the end for more. Remember that this is the County Judge at the top of this alleged crime ring – imagine if say, Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough had been busted for running a gang of car thieves. A few other points to note:

– This was not Judge Skeet Jones’ first brush with the law, as noted. In 2016, the State Commission on Judicial Conduct issued a public warning and order of additional education for his role in quashing speeding tickets for truck drivers (note that “CDL” = “commercial drivers license”, so this was for people who drive, usually big rig trucks, for a living). In a sane world, it should have been a political-career-ending scandal, but somehow there he was still in office eight years later stealing cows.

County Judge is normally an executive position, but constitutionally they do have some bench-judge authority, which most County Judges are too busy to do even if they had any interest in it. And also, since I’m sure you’re wondering, the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association does indeed have law enforcement authority, which apparently includes a crossover with Oklahoma. The things I learn doing this blog, I swear. Anyway, this is my nominee for most amazing story of the year, and I don’t even want to think about what could knock it off that perch. Many thanks to my friend Ginger for pointing this out to me.

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6 Responses to The cattle-rustling County Judge

  1. John Hansen says:

    Charles: I am not sure why Loving is an independent county. There are only 64 inhabitants, per the 2020 census. The only industries are oil & gas and cattle. I recall, maybe 15 years or so ago, that they had two vacancies on their 7 member county school board and could not find any resident of Loving County that was willing to serve. Perhaps this would be a good time for the Lege to consolidate them with a neighboring county. They can keep the statue of Oliver Loving, if they wish.

  2. Ginger Stampley says:

    You’re welcome!

  3. Ross says:

    Loving County schools were merged into Wink ISD in 1972 because enrollment had dropped to 2 students.

    Hard to believe someone in a county with only 64 inhabitants would think htey can get away with cattle theft.

  4. John, I can’t speak to why Loving remains a county with so few people. I agree it makes little sense, but then this is Texas state government. Who said it had to make sense?

  5. Mainstream says:

    You got to love Texas and the colorful stories which could only happen here.

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