New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 7, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
Bail for former inmate on death row remains
GALVESTON (AP) — The state bail of a former death-row inmate awaiting retrial on a capital murder charge will remain at $1 million despite criticism from a federal judge who called it “excessive and oppressive.”
Hie 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in March threw out Anthony Graves’ 1994 capital murder conviction when it found that prosecutors withheld evidence and elicited false testimony. Authorities decided to retry Graves.
His $ I million bail was set last month by Burleson County District Judge Reva Towslee-Corbett. The judge set the bail without holding a hearing.
U.S. Magistrate Judge John Froeschner said Friday that although the $1 million bail might be excessive and there probably should have been a hearing before bail was set, Towslee-Corbett had broken
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cousins, have the middle name Keith.
The Ammonses were looking for a name that was different from other baby names, and they particularly liked the unique spelling with an “x," Jaxon’s dad said.
“We knew he was unique,” Rando Ammons said. “He looked like a Jaxon.”
Tharp, who has worked at McKenna for 22 years, has witnessed the naming of countless babies at the hospital and noticed numerous changes in the baby name business over the years.
Today’s baby names are much less gender-specific than they were years ago, she said.
“Sidney, Spencer and Kirby“I can agree with you that it sounds pretty excessive....”
— John Froeschner
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“I can agree with you that it sounds pretty excessive and pretty oppressive, but that’s the business of the state court,” Froeschner said.
Froeschner’s decision not to interfere means Graves will be returned to the Burleson County Jail in Caldwell, about HK) miles northwest of Houston, to await his retrial.
Jeff Blackburn, of Amarillo, one of three attorneys work-ing for Graves for free because they say they believe he is innocent, said the $1 million bail was “a ridiculous amount designed to do nothing but keep him locked up.”
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loosening up, getting more creative, and I only expect to see more of that,” she said.
Michael is still second on the Social Security Administration’s 2005 name list, the most recent one available. The Social Security list registers first names that appear on birth certificates. Many children, though, actually are called by nicknames or their middle names.
Murray thinks her list of a database of 374,522 names accurately reflects cultural trends because it ranks names by sound, not spelling, so all the Kaitlyns and Catelyns are counted together. Together, the 45 spellings of Mackenzie made it the 27th most popular name, while the Social Security list ranks the most common spelling of Mackenzie as No. 50.
Also, Murray says, the government’s 2006 list won’t be out for several months, and parents have become so concerned with not naming their children with a popular name, they want to know what to avoid.
“People are looking for something unique. They don’t want a name on the top IO list, so they dig down,” Murray
Still, today’s top names — Aiden for boys and Emma for girls — aren’t as overwhelmingly popular as the top names from a generation ago, when it seemed everyone had multiple Michaels and Jennifers or Jessicas in their class.
“Somebody has to be No. I, even if there are fewer of them. We’re choosing from a much broader range of names than we used to,” Murray said. “There’s a lot of volatility of the list. ...Theres a lot of movement in the top IO from year to year and even more in the top IOO.”
A hot new entry is Nevaeh — heaven spelled backward — which came from nowhere to surge ahead to No. 89, says Murray. That fits in with an overall increase in spiritual, though not necessarily biblical, names. There are more babies named Blessing, Eden and Zen than you’d think.
Addison, a girl’s name, is one of the quickest rising stars, jumping 57 spots to No. 26. Its worth noting there is an Addison on one of TV’s biggest hits, “Grey’s Anatomy.”
And, Brayden, just a slight tweak on Aiden, is a boy’s name that is increasingly popular (No. 15) but hasn’t yet peaked. More than 40 percent of boys’ names on the BabyCenter list end in either an “an” or “en” sound.
“Aiden — it’s a surprise to me, too, that it’s No. I, but
there was a character on Sex and the City’ and he was the best boyfriend Carrie ever had. I think that might have something to with it,” Murray said.
New parents don’t like to admit it, but chances are their name choices were influenced by pop culture or the media, according to Lesley Bolton, author ol “The Complete Book of Baby Names” (SourceBooks).
Both Murray and Bolton cite Reese Witherspoon as an example. There aren’t a lot of little Reeses running around, but the name Ava wasn’t even on BabyCen-ter’s top IOO list when the daughter of Witherspoon and estranged husband Ryan Phillipe was horn in 1999. In 2006, though, it was No. 3.
Bolton also points to the re-emergence of Emma as a popular name after Jennifer Aniston’s character gave birth to one on “Friends.”
But even celebrities can go too far. Its unlikely Gwyneth Paltrow’s daughter Apple will spark a boom in fruit monikers.
Names in the news are another factor, Bolton notes. “Katrina — it’s what’s on our mind right now, and all names have an association. We won t see a lot of Katrinas over the next few years, but it will be considered cool and retro decades from now.”
used to only be boys’ names, but they are girls’ names now, and Jordan was always a boy’s name but it is a girl’s name now also,” she said. “Old boy names like Daniel or Danny are used for girls now too.”
In the past several years, Tharp has seen a slew of Isabellas and Bellas, Emmas and Ellas, Aidens and Ethans and Lexis, Alexas and Alexises.
“We still have the old fash
ioned names like Barbara, Marilyn and Victor," Tharp said. “But they are rare.”
One thing that has remained the same is the popularity of biblical names for boys, such as Simon, Isaiah, Jacob, David, Noah, Jesus and Samuel.
“I was amazed there are so many biblical names for boys,” Tharp said. “That has always been true and it still is true.”
Unique name spellings are a more recent development.
“I have noticed that gradually, people have come up with unique spellings," Tharp said. “It used to be rare you would sec an unusual spelling but now it is more common.” Mason is also spelled Macyn or Masyn; Cole can be Kole; Caden is Kaiden, Kaden or Kayden and Jayden can also be Jaidden or laden, she
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Jaxon’s hospital roommate, Cohen Tyler Brown, is another newborn baby who was given an uncommon name.
“I just wanted something unique,” said Cohen’s mom, Wendy I leinemeyer, who said she had picked out the name Addison Kenzie fora girl.
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