Miers, Hecht, and Owen
- And now Miers, if confirmed, will probably be
reviewing cases sent to her from whatever federal
court Bush put Owen on, though there is possibly still
some sort of bad blood between Miers and Owen.
OCT 11 2005
SPECIAL REPORT! Harriet and Nathan and Priscilla and
Wonkette operatives have turned up an interesting
fillip in the Harriet Miers-Nathan Hecht-Priscilla
Owen bizarre love triangle: "The Harriet effect."
Speaking of the mid-1990s , when Owen first joined
Hecht on the Texas Supreme Court, our operative
If Owen and Hecht were at an event and Miers would
show up, there were frequently scenes with Owen
snarking at Hecht and stomping out, in full view of
many, with Hecht left to calm [Owen] down. Some Texas
judicial observers said you can actually chart the
"Harriet fights" by the few times Owen and Hecht
didn't vote the same way.Ah! Wrath of woman scorned
and whatnot. Wonkette investigates --after the jump!
Hecht's political alliance with Owen has been
well-documented. In 1995, "Texas Lawyer" reported that
Hetch and Owen campaigned for the Court together in
1994, so much together "to the point that they refused
to participate in a Texas Lawyer candidates roundtable
unless both were present and their opponents were
absent." After each gaining their seats, in 1995 they
"voted together more than any other pair of justices,
agreeing on the result in 91 percent of the court's
decisions and sharing the same opinion 88 percent of
And what of the "Harriet effect"? Our Nexis skills are
only as good as our hangover will allow, but we did
discover that the Hecht-Owen alliance took a
precipitous dive in the 1995-96 court year, with Owen
agreeing with Hecht only 78 percent of the time,
again, according to Texas Lawyer. Where was Harriet?
Serving as chair of the Texas Lottery Commission (sez
the WH) and lobbying Bush to veto a bill prohibiting
the Texas courts from capping lawsuit awards (from
AP). She would be spending an awful lot of time in
Austin. . .
By 2002, the Owen and Hecht seems to have smoothed
things over or come to an "understanding" or reached
cloture or something: The two voted together in 93
percent of cases, forming a hard-right conservative
bloc that has liberals in Texas tearing their hair out
to this day. Happy ending, indeed. -- WONKETTE
- They just make fun of her all day, don't they? Those Goddamn liberal
media elistists! I've had some good laughs though.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@y...>
> And now Miers, if confirmed, will probably be
> reviewing cases sent to her from whatever federal
> court Bush put Owen on, though there is possibly still
> some sort of bad blood between Miers and Owen.