Texas Lawyer Fires Gun At Census Worker Five Times

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.

36 thoughts on “Texas Lawyer Fires Gun At Census Worker Five Times

  1. Jonathan,

    Is this assault on a Census worker a federal crime?

    TX has some pretty liberal laws about protecting your property (and your neighbor’s property) with deadly force. She may get off under TX law.

  2. Swarthmore Mom: UT Law, class of ’72. Great law school. Great price. I returned to Texas for law school and qualified for resident tuition rates for the second semester of my first year. I’m sure your daughter will find the place intellectually stimulating.

  3. S-Mom,

    I read a number of law blogs/blawgs to help me understand a bit more about the law, since over the past 3 years I have worked with lawyers involving environmental legal issues.

    One common thread I read is that there is a glut of new lawyers and many cannot find jobs. Those that cannot enter the legal field find themselves over qualified for other fields/professions.

    Some of the sites state that if you will not graduate from a Top 14 law school, then do not bother; however, UT @ Austin is tied for #15, as you noted earlier—therefore, close enough.

    I am certainly not suggesting any decision for your daughter to attend LS or not because I do not have ‘standing’ to advise on the subject. However, there appears to be an abundance of unhappy, very well qualified, high GPA/LSAT law school grads who are underemployed in the lower ranks within the legal profession or cannot find a law job at all.

    Given what Mike A. stated, U of T’s reasonable tuition costs, its #15 rating , closeness to “home” with *family support*, and the glut of new law grads entering the market and projected for years to come, then attendance at U of T for a student who has his or her heart and mind set on getting a J.D. might be the most reasonable decision, if you also consider that the job market might improve in 3+ years.

    One critical deciding factor—as you know—will be the consideration of the large amount of non-dischargeable debt that could accrue while attending one of the Top 14 LSs, which will be an extreme financial burden if the job market for lawyers continues to go south.

  4. Thank you FFLEO. She will be turning down a couple of top 14 LSs to go to UT with no debt. That is the way its looks today in any case.

  5. S-Mom,

    What an offer—counsel from Professor Turley.

    GW Law is #20 and the GPA/LSATs are not markedly different from UT, especially on the high end of the scale.

    I have been working with an attorney who graduated from a LS ranked in the #80s and he is—without a doubt—the best and most thorough lawyer I have encountered. The ranking is quite arbitrary anyway and from one year to the next, a move of 8-10+ points is not uncommon for LSs outside the Top 19.

  6. Turns out the census worker actually said that she went to 33 Indian Trail and was at a condemned house. It was Williamson County Sheriff’s Department who took it upon themselves to go over a mile away to 419 Indian Trail and grab Barnes just because they could. After over 5 hours of trashing her home, buildings, and vehicles, they still could not find anything to tie her to the henious crime. Now what? No smoking revolver? Wrong address? Wrong house? I guess the vagrant at the condemned house just gets away with it.

  7. You know you retarded liberals wish your state was as good as Texas.
    We just happened to have crazy liberal shoot at a government worker and you blame Texas. I blame the democraps.

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