Lubbock County Texas Judge Tom Head: A Modern Day Benedict Arnold

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Texas, nicknamed the “Lone Star State,” purports the maxim (motto) of “Friendship” to summarize the general motivation and guiding principle of the state. The phrase “Everything’s Bigger in Texas” is now synonymous with Lubbock County Judge Tom Head, who recently made Texas the laughingstock of our nation, purposely advocating the duty, or propriety of a crime, sabotage, violence, or unlawful methods of terrorism as a means of accomplishing political reform with unfounded comments directed at OUR President Barrack Hussein Obama.

As reported by LubbockOnline.com, Judge Head is no stranger to controversy and his attempts to influence politics. In 2009, Head posted pictures of arrested individuals who were wearing t-shirts supporting President Obama as an attempt, in his words, “To spark conversations about modern issues.” Commissioner Bill McCay removed the series of printouts “that began with a short narration of a person contemplating waking up, putting on an Obama T-shirt and then abusing drugs, robbing a store and hitting his wife.”

On August 20, 2012, on a television interview with the Lubbock Fox Affiliate Channel 34, Judge Tom Head continued his unpatriotic attack on President Obama warning of “Civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war maybe,” if Obama is re-elected continuing his inciting rant with, “And we’re not just talking a few riots here and demonstrations, we’re talking Lexington, Concord, take up arms and get rid of the guy [Obama].”

Is Lubbock County Judge Tom Head the modern day Benedict Arnold? Or are his comments protected under the First Amendment of the Federal Constitution of these United States of America? The landmark case Brandenburg v. Ohio (1969), decided by the United States Supreme Court, held that government cannot punish inflammatory speech unless that speech is directed to inciting, and is likely to incite, imminent lawless action. Mr. Justice Douglas, concurring, stated, “The question in every case is whether the words used are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger that they will bring about the substantive evils that Congress has a right to prevent. It is a question of proximity and degree.”

In addition, Lubbock County Judge Tom Head is obligated by oath to adhere to the Texas Courts Code of Judicial Conduct which clearly regulates the conduct of all Texas judges: “Upholding the Integrity and Independence of the Judiciary” (Cannon 1); “Avoiding Impropriety and the Appearance of Impropriety in All the Judge’s Activities” (Cannon 2); “Performing the Duties of Judicial Office Impartially and Diligently” (Cannon 3); “Conducting the Judge’s Extra-Judicial Activities to Minimize the Risk of Conflict with Judicial Obligations” (Cannon 4); “Refraining from Inappropriate Political Activity” (Cannon 5), and; “Compliance with the Code of Judicial Conduct” (Cannon 6).

Lubbock County Democratic Party Chair Kenny Ketner stated in a telephone interview this morning that his party is, “Outraged by County Judge Tom Head’s continuing conduct” and that they are “Calling for his resignation.” An attempt to contact Lubbock County Republican Party Chairman Carl Tepper was unsuccessful as the telephone number listed on their website rolled into their fax machine.

United States Army officer and a Union general in the American Civil War, Philip Henry Sheridan (1831 – 1888), is quoted having said, “If I owned Texas and Hell, I would rent out Texas and live in Hell.” As a previous resident in Texas of Humble and San Antonio, I can assure you from my experiences that the communities I lived in seemingly did not reflect Judge Head’s hate-filled, racist, and unpatriotic actions and remarks. It is time we advocated for FRIENDSHIP and God Bless America…

By Billy bob Bramscher

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