Civil or criminal – incapacitation/incompetence labels becoming useful tools

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In an off-air exchange last night with Live and Let Live host Gary Johnson, guardianships/conservatorships and designations of incompetence or incapacitation were discussed.  He also mentioned the Carolyn Barnes case in Williamson County (TX).  With living in the neighboring county, the name and charges were familiar and became of greater interest as Gary described his recent interview with Barnes’ son, Zimmer.

Barnes has spent the last months in the Williamson County Jail after being charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon relating to allegations of her firing five shots at a U.S. Census Bureau worker in May 2010.  Most recently she has been declared incompetent to stand trial meaning that no public proceeding – especially one in front of a jury – will take place to address these charges and she instead is being involuntarily remanded to a psychiatric facility.  Sounds a lot like locking the door, throwing away the key!

Estate of Denial™ has written extensively about Williamson County corruption with regard to former County Court at Law No. 3 Judge Don Higginbotham, a resulting lawsuit and the county administration’s ongoing drama.  A complete listing of our Wilco articles are as follows:

Williamson County lawsuit suggests county not so “safe” for all (December 23, 2010)

Williamson County taxpayers funding bad behavior over good government (January 20, 2011)

Williamson County ruling highlights public officials’ “free pass” for misconduct (January 23, 2011)

Williamson County commissioners vote to file grievance against Duty (January 25, 2011)

Williamson County poli-drama again highlights bad behavior over good government (February 20, 2010)

Williamson County taxpayers funding more bad behavior over good government (March 24, 2011)

On this site we also often discuss the administrative ease with which incapacitation tags are granted in questionable guardianships.  Though this case has nothing to do with probate, it suggests that the same casualness of process for declaring some level of “unfitness” may also be at work in criminal cases – and with at least the appearance of major unjust consequences.  The link below features Gary Johnson’s interview of Zimmer Barnes.

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  • FDH

    She is a f-ing freak. I hope they do throw the key, away guilty or not. She is a loon and should have been arrested along time ago, it would have saved a ton of tax payers money. WILCO needs to grow some balls when it comes to this bitc#.

  • No

    I agree 100%

  • No

    I agree 100%

  • Yes

    These two sound employed by WILCO (Williamson County, Texas). I met Carolyn Barnes at the maximum security North Texas State Hospital. She was completely coherent. She was not a freak nor a loon. From what I hear, she was about to have several Williamson County police indicted. The facts surrounding her case are troubling. The census taker gave wrong address for home, was elderly and yet was able to cross a water-crossing (failing to mention this detail in her report to police) and continue up a path inundated with no trespassing signs? AND her description of Barnes’ house was inaccurate. Not to mention Carolyn Barnes had already filled out her census mail-in form. Job 24:13 those who rebel against the light, the murderer arises at dawn Matthew 12:20 until He leads justice to victory.

  • Yes

    These two sound employed by WILCO (Williamson County, Texas). I met Carolyn Barnes at the maximum security North Texas State Hospital. She was completely coherent. She was not a freak nor a loon. From what I hear, she was about to have several Williamson County police indicted. The facts surrounding her case are troubling. The census taker gave wrong address for home, was elderly and yet was able to cross a water-crossing (failing to mention this detail in her report to police) and continue up a path inundated with no trespassing signs? AND her description of Barnes’ house was inaccurate. Not to mention Carolyn Barnes had already filled out her census mail-in form. Job 24:13 those who rebel against the light, the murderer arises at dawn Matthew 12:20 until He leads justice to victory.

  • Yes

    These two sound employed by WILCO (Williamson County, Texas). I met Carolyn Barnes at the maximum security North Texas State Hospital. She was completely coherent. She was not a freak nor a loon. From what I hear, she was about to have several Williamson County police indicted. The facts surrounding her case are troubling. The census taker gave wrong address for home, was elderly and yet was able to cross a water-crossing (failing to mention this detail in her report to police) and continue up a path inundated with no trespassing signs? AND her description of Barnes’ house was inaccurate. Not to mention Carolyn Barnes had already filled out her census mail-in form. Job 24:13 those who rebel against the light, the murderer arises at dawn Matthew 12:20 until He leads justice to victory.

  • Maybe

    Baw haw haw! And just what were you doing in the state hospital? You two sound like room mates and from what I hear it’s going to be that way for a long time! The crossing was dry! Justice and victory