Friday, June 18, 2010

Billy Joe Shaver Gets Some of that Texas Justice

Google News reports on the sentencing of a country singer on gun charges.

WACO, Texas — Texas country singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver has been fined $1,000 after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor gun charge.

The charge arose from a 2007 shooting outside a Waco-area saloon. In April, a jury acquitted the 70-year-old Shaver of aggravated assault in the wounding of Billy Coker outside the saloon near Lorena. Shaver contended he shot Coker in self-defense.

He pleaded no contest to the gun charge for allegedly having a .22-caliber pistol in the bar, which is illegal. He agreed to forfeit of the gun.

So, he forfeits the offending gun but gets to keep the other 15 he keeps at home. That's Texas Justice for you - white guy with guns, slap on the wrist, black guy with guns, straight to Huntsville. I know I'm exaggerating a little, but you get the point.

What do you think? Please leave a comment.


  1. The jury found the shooting justified. All remaining is the illegal possession.

    Most states don't even disallow possession in bars by licensed carriers.

    So what's better? Apply a bad law unfairly to blacks, minorities, and people who choose to follow it, or join the rest of the country and get rid of this gun-free zone altogether?

  2. Yeah, right, anonymous. The problem is the gun-free zone.