New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 4, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Friday before visiting District Court Judge Doug Shaver. Clark could receive probation or a jail sentence — and McCrary is going for the maximum.
"Were going for the 20 years," McCrary said.
Defense attorney Joe James Sawyer said there was little evidence supporting the first charge.
“ I here was no evidence supporting the first charge," he said. "The problem on the second, in my opinion, was the testimony of someone who had nothing to do with this case, and wasn’t even a child at the time."
I he victim, now 13, testified Tuesday about the events of June 4,2010, the day she testified Clark offered her $1,000 to model lingerie for him in lieu of payment for her mother's legal expenses for Clark representing her in a child custody case. She also testified that Clark gave her alcoholic beverages and made various lewd requests and comments.
Sawyer said the testimony of another witness — a 21 -year-old Wimberiey woman who said Clark had made a similar requests of her when she came to Clark to represent her in seeking child support from her then-unborn baby’s father — might have proven damning to his client.
“But her story was consistent of the notion that he used to get girls to pose for him for money," Sawyer said. "And that overrode any lack of evidence. I am disappointed in the verdict, but we respect it."
I he trial’s third day opened with some steamy testimony from two defense witnesses, one of whom also had been a former client of
/\ 34-year-old woman said her involvement with Clark began 14 years ago, when she sought his representation in divorce proceedings against her husband. She said that relationship soon blossomed into sexual liaisons that involved lingerie wearing and sex toys at various hotels in the Alamo City.
“I was divorced and a little flirty,”
she said, “We Just clicked."
A 30-year-old woman •— a friend of the previous witness — said she also engaged in sexual escapades with the defendant at various locations, including Clark’s New Braunfels office.
Three other witnesses recounted false statements the victim had made in the past while she lived in Burleson. Out of earshot of jurors, they all cast doubt on the girl’s “reputation for truth and voracity."
The girl’s grandmother said the girl had made false statements alleging past abuse by her biological father and grandfather and about her grandmother’s failure to report it. A neighbor said the girl had falsely accused her of shooting her dog. A Tarrant County detective testified to the same in the dog-shooting case and another case involving the girl’s accounts regarding someone who allegedly stole a transmission from a car.
In his closing argument, Sawyer said Clark, though married, admitted to carrying on relationships with both women. He said their bodies, however, were more of a match for lingerie investigators found in his office, not the size that fit a pre-teen.
He also hammered away at the girl’s past false statements, and that her mother — who dropped the girl at Clark’s office for two hours on the day of the events — hadn’t even shown up to testify during the trial.
McCrary then closed, saying the trial indicated several incidents of Clark taking advantage of females while at their weakest points, and that it can’t be denied.
"This girl was there for help,” he said. “And instead, she turned out to be just another target."
That's what jurors believed in the end. Sawyer said he’ll appeal the conviction. Today, he’ll try to get probation for his client, who he believes has suffered enough.
“This verdict, unless it’s reversed, ends his life,” Sawyer said. “In all probability it ends his ability to practice law and has already ended his marriage. How much more punishment can he receive for something that didn’t happen?
“That’s the thing the jury is going to determine for us."
How to drive in snow and ice
According to the American Safety Council, the key elements to driving in snow and ice are to:
•Stay in control.
• Stay alert.
The ASC provides these tips:
• Get the feel of the road by starting out slowly and testing your steering control and braking ability.
Avoid spinning your tires when you start.
Start slowing down at least three times sooner than you normally would when turning or stopping.
• Drive at slower speeds, go for gentler stops and turns, and increase following distances. It is recommended that drivers reduce their speed to half the posted speed limit or less under snowy road conditions.
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be ready to respond to snow and ice on the area’s roadways.
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New Braunfels Fire Chief John Robinson said Wednesday that the city has made plans to respond should conditions become icy.
City road crews, Robinson said, are
reduced tire traction. To prevent loss of control when stopping, avoid sudden movements of the steering wheel and avoid locking your brakes.
• Maintain a safe interval between you and the car ahead of you. Many needless rear-end crashes occur on icy streets because drivers forget to leave stopping space.
• Keep your windows clear. Don’t start driving until the windows are defrosted and clean — even if you’re only going a short distance.
• Watch for slippery spots. Ice may remain on bridges even though the rest of the road is clear.
Snow and ice also stick longer in shaded areas and drivers may encounter another extremely dangerous element known as “black ice."
Always slow down your vehicle when vou see shady areas under these types of conditions.
ready to spread gravel, and additional fire and police forces are on stand-by in case they’re needed to handle emergencies.
"We just hope that we don’t get a whole bunch of precipitation," said Hornseth, who warned bridges typically present the greatest danger to drivers.
Cold air beneath bridges results in bridge roadways freezing much faster than other road surfaces.
"When the snow or rain lands on those, they will ice up,” Hornseth said. “So you really have to be careful on the bridges.”
But roads present problems as well — especially those exposed to cold north winds after long periods of freezing temperatures such as Comal County has been experiencing.
“Steep roads that face the north will ice up,” he said. “Typically, there’s enough heat in the ground to kind of keep those roads from icing, but we’ve had almost 48 hours of sub-freezing temperatures, and when the roads get pounded by those north winds and they get snow or rain on them, they will ice up as well.”
Hornseth said certain roads in Comal County are known for presenting icing problems.
“Historically, we’ve had a problem with Sun Valley Drive,” located east of Bul-verde, he said. “State Highway 3159 going up to Canyon Lake is a very long steep slope that physically faces due north.”Shuttle decision due today
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) —The astronaut husband of wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will announce today whether he’ll fly on space shuttle Endeavour’s final voyage — and all signs are go.
Mark Kelly will take part in a news conference this afternoon at Johnson Space Center in Houston, NASA said late Thursday. The astronaut who has been substituting for Kelly during training, however, is not among the three participants, suggesting that Kelly has decided to fly in April.
His identical twin, Scott, currently commander of the International Space Station, hinted in an interview this week that his brother would choose to fly.
Mark Kelly took a leave from training after Giffords was gunned down at a Tucson, Ariz., shopping center on Jan. 8. She’s been undergoing rehab in Houston for the past two weeks.
Kelly spent the past month debating whether to step down as commander of Endeavour’s two-week mission. In the meantime, NASA named a backup commander, Rick Sturckow, who joined crew training.
Kelly, 46, has flown three times aboard space shuttles. Endeavour’s liftoff with a crew of six is targeted for April 19.
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