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Texas attorney in mental ward still wants to practice law
KSAT ^ | 12-04-2012

Posted on 12/04/2012 1:59:50 PM PST by Responsibility2nd

AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas attorney who is a patient at a psychiatric hospital and was found incompetent to stand trial in an assault case is still trying to practice law and get a theft charge against a client dismissed.

But an appeals court has questioned whether Carolyn Barnes can continue representing her client while she remains institutionalized.

The Austin American-Statesman reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/TBTc9U ) that Barnes has been committed to Kerrville State Hospital since mid-2011. She is facing charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after being accused of firing a handgun in 2010 at a census worker outside her home in Leander, northwest of Austin.

Despite being hospitalized, Barnes' law license remains in good standing. Barnes, who has been fighting her commitment, told the newspaper that if she can practice law, she is competent to be tried. Barnes has been licensed to practice law in Texas since 1984.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: attorney
Can attorney committed to state psychiatric hospital still practice law? photo
Carolyn Barnes was arrested in May 2010 and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly shooting at a US Census Bureau worker.

1 posted on 12/04/2012 1:59:57 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

So what’s the problem?


2 posted on 12/04/2012 2:00:59 PM PST by stubernx98 (cranky, but reasonable)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Don’t know if she’s Board Certified. But Clinically Certified is good enough for me!


3 posted on 12/04/2012 2:01:12 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
She's what for Cocoa Puffs?
4 posted on 12/04/2012 2:02:45 PM PST by SparkyBass
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To: stubernx98

I know, right? Just because she took a shot at a census worker, they throw her in the looney bin?

Dis.Grace.Ful.


5 posted on 12/04/2012 2:03:06 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

That is not what usually happens to somebody accused of a crime. Weird.


6 posted on 12/04/2012 2:04:30 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Her decisions probably wouldn’t be any less sane than the typical Carter/Clinton/Obama appointee.


7 posted on 12/04/2012 2:04:36 PM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: Responsibility2nd; null and void

She looks like an older version of Miss Staplegun 1993, on MSG1993 was not named Carolyn.
Slightly more shappely to he jawline MSG1993 was as well, otherwise... eery.


8 posted on 12/04/2012 2:05:03 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: Responsibility2nd

As long as they limit her practice to criminal defense in high-profile celebrity cases (think Gloria Allred), she should be perfectly qualified.


9 posted on 12/04/2012 2:05:37 PM PST by bigbob
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To: Responsibility2nd

Barnes, who has been fighting her commitment, told the newspaper that if she can practice law, she is competent to be tried.
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That logic works for me.
If she is ‘sane’ enough to maintain her license, she should be ‘sane’ enough to use it.

Sounds like a ‘political’ arrest though, would be interesting to see her affiliates etc....

Kind of figure she is NOT a card carrying ACLU lawyer and probably not a Lib.

We already know she is FOR owning a gun....<: <:


10 posted on 12/04/2012 2:05:45 PM PST by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: Responsibility2nd

If she was in ILL-ANNOY, she could run for office and win in a landslide. Just ask Jesse Jackson, Jr.


11 posted on 12/04/2012 2:07:13 PM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: xrmusn

One might wonder in passing if someone did this to her as a vendetta. Some of those nut houses can be run by folks who are almost as warped as their worst occupants.


12 posted on 12/04/2012 2:11:35 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: xrmusn

And I assume she had issues with nosy census workers asking personal questions outside the intent of the Constitution.


13 posted on 12/04/2012 2:18:43 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: SERKIT

If she was in ILL-ANNOY, she could run for office and win in a landslide. Just ask Jesse Jackson, Jr.

 

And don't forget. Chicago ELECTS judges who are legally insane.

“'Legally Insane' Judge Wins ReElection in Chicago” - Overlawyered

overlawyered.com/.../legally-insane-judge-wins-re-election-chicago/Cached
“'Legally Insane' Judge Wins Re-Election in Chicago”. by Walter Olson on November 12, 2012. “Behold the power of incumbency,” including Judge Cynthia ...

 


14 posted on 12/04/2012 2:24:32 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

http://mo.austin360.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/courts/entries/2010/01/11/leander_lawyer_arrested_at_cou.html


15 posted on 12/04/2012 2:40:09 PM PST by Kennard
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To: Responsibility2nd

And I assume she had issues with nosy census workers asking personal question
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Probably along the same lines as when I am going into a facility and the ‘guard’ is very obviously ‘Middle Eastern’, or possibly an illegal or both and they are checking me for my ID to enter an airport or a building which my (OUR) taxes paid for the construction of.


16 posted on 12/04/2012 2:43:45 PM PST by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: stubernx98

They’ve incarcerated her...she, the most brilliant attorney of them all!!


17 posted on 12/04/2012 3:03:59 PM PST by daler
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To: Responsibility2nd

Hey, Gloria Allred is as crazy as a loon, thinks she’s a judge, and lives in Los Angeles. They let HER practice law.


18 posted on 12/04/2012 4:23:21 PM PST by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

“She is facing charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after being accused of firing a handgun in 2010 at a census worker:

I say let her practice.


19 posted on 12/04/2012 5:47:10 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

I say sentence her to ten hours on the practice firing range!


20 posted on 12/04/2012 7:00:34 PM PST by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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