So convicted pedophile Terry Lee Morris of Texas has been granted a new trial due to alleged judicial misconduct in his 2014 trial, TheBlaze reports. The 8th Court of Appeals apparently concluded the original judge’s choice to “manage” Morris' defiant noncooperation with court proceedings by asking the bailiff to trigger the child predator‘s stun belt, thus instantly delivering 50,000 volts into his body—three times—was technically a violation of the “man’s” civil rights.
Being a Constitutionalist with strong conservatarian leanings myself, I have deep convictions on matters such as due process, the 8th Amendment, abuse of judicial power, and civil liberties. However, as a Dad of multiple daughters, and, as it so happens, a resident of the State of Texas, I can’t say I’m losing a whole lot of sleep over how Ben Franklin would feel about the electricity he discovered being used in a cavalier manner on a child abuser.
But, no. No, I don‘t disagree with the appeals court’s decision. Officially. They’re right, no matter how clear this creeper’s guilt was (for the record, if it were any more clear, it would rank as OT VIII in the Church of Scientology). It was wrong to keep zapping the perv without justification based in any threat of imminent violence—the device is sanctioned only for maintaining control of dangerous situations. It can’t be used as a tool of discipline—as I keep telling myself in my head. And I’m almost convinced. Totally.
So, I feel bad for the guy; and you should, too. That’s the principled position. Not laughter. Definitely not much internal laughter.