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. Swarthmore Mom,
    I do understand the cost issues. My youngest is graduating Saturday from Loyola of Chicago Law School and she has some heavy debt staring at her. Good luck with the decision.

  2. UT Law is ranked fifteenth. She has some higher ranked opportunities but at sticker price.

  3. Swarthmore Mom,
    Maybe your daughter should stay where she is. I am sure UT Law is a good school, but it is in a bad State.

  4. So many crazies here that I am having a hard time convincing my daughter to come back and accept her merit scholarship to UT Law. I think Nal and Gyges live in Texas also.

    1. Swarthmore mom:

      Congrats to you and your daughter on the graduation and the wonderful opportunities for law school. I would be happy to speak with you or your daughter if you have any questions on law school.



  5. rcampbell



    Yet again

  6. It is tragic and sickening but true that the handicapped are abused and assaulted more frequently that the nonhandicapped.

    There are some very sick people walking around who should be caged for life.

  7. ‘If true, Daniel Miller deserves to be locked in a cage with a chimp fueled on caffeine, Viagra and just enough PCP to make it cranky.’

    what a horrible thing to do to a monkey…

  8. Well M72, surely every ‘upstanding’ lawyer must consider alternative positions in the course of mitigating circumstances…

  9. Personally, I am intrigued by her self-description:

    “Carolyn Barnes, known as the “missionary lawyer,….”

  10. Barnes is a perfect example of what happens when you listen to Michelle Bachmann.

    “If true, Daniel Miller deserves to be locked in a cage with a chimp fueled on caffeine, Viagra and just enough PCP to make it cranky.”


    Excellent idea – except that he must also be locked up with the chimp’s owner; she’s beyond bat-sh*t crazy (I should know, I knew this woman a few years back, and trust me, the chimp was sane compared to her).

  11. Shot, shot, shot.

    This is why cruel punishments should be out, but not unusual ones. It stifles creativity!

    If true, Daniel Miller deserves to be locked in a cage with a chimp fueled on caffeine, Viagra and just enough PCP to make it cranky.

    I dare you to say that’s inappropriate punishment whether it leads to an episode of “UFC” or “Inter-species Romance” for Miller.

  12. “if true ought to be shot”

    Thats how you do it in Texas AY

    Dis how we do it

  13. well everyone was told to get their census forms in ON TIME!!!

  14. Gittel, doing things her way. I am not defending her JD but the Texas Business school deserves better. She probably was either cranked or cracked up. This is not normal, but then again she lives in Williamson. What else can be expected from those hicks. Mike Dell included.

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