Texas lawyer Carolyn Barnes, 53, allegedly did not want to answer the ten questions on the census form in a big way. She is accused of firing a gun at Kathleen Gittel, a census worker, five times when she came to her door. Barnes has had a rather lengthy history of run-ins with the law and I do not mean as an advocate.
Barnes was previously arrested in December 2009 for trying to bring a knife into Herman Sweatt Courthouse. She was also previously arrested for bail jumping, making terroristic threats, and coercion of a public servant to just name a few. That last charge stems from January when Barnes was arrested in Austin after she was accused of striking a deputy at the Travis County Courthouse. That charge is still pending.
She was charged with assaulting a public servant, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years behind bars. The case is pending.
She is now booked on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.
Barnes practices in the area of medical malpractice and surprisingly has no listed Bar actions against her.
On her website, she promises “[w]e do not bully or browbeat our clients into doing things our way. Our relationships are built upon mutual respect, mutual trust, and mutual concern for the advancement of true health and wellness for everyone in our society.”
She is a graduate of Texas Lutheran College (B. A.), University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1984), and attended University of Texas Graduate School of Business. She also has an affiliation with Native Healing (listed as helping others to discover their potential) and ABEL Wellness (listed as offering healthy alternatives to drugs and surgery).
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In the meantime, a census worker stands accused of assaulting a citizen in Indiana. Daniel Miller, 39, is accused of raping a 21-year-old disabled woman after forcing his way into her home during a census visit, here. He was not hard to find: he left his wallet with his driver’s license in the woman’s bedroom.