Every once in a while, I get to work on a case that makes me laugh. The picture above is brought to you courtesy of Richard M. Scaman v. Larry Pamplin, et al., Cause No. 12-04-38,182-CV (82nd District Court of Falls County). I modified it slightly to protect all the young, impressionable minds out there on the Internet. I represent Larry Pamplin, the former sheriff of Falls County, and his brother, Trent. Here’s a little excerpt from our response to the lawsuit:
Richard M. Scaman is a candidate for Falls County Sheriff, and he has a serious problem. He was terminated from his job with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission on March 15, 2012, and shortly thereafter a rather indiscrete photograph of Mr. Scaman surfaced among Waco news organizations. In that photograph, Mr. Scaman is standing in uniform at a topless bar with his right hand immediately beneath and in contact with the exposed breast of a woman who is wearing only a string bikini bottom. Even better, Mr. Scaman is grinning like a possum.
One might conclude from the photograph that Mr. Scaman has poor judgment. Given the fact that he attached it as an exhibit to his own lawsuit, that conclusion seems inescapable. Mr. Scaman seems to think that the solution to his political problem is a lawsuit, wherein he slings mud at others and alleges a vast conspiracy to make him look bad. Apparently he has not considered the possibility that this lawsuit will make him look a lot worse. And it will.
You can read the whole thing by clicking here. We filed the response on May 5, 2012, and Trent publicized it on his website, www.fallscountysheriff.com. Nonetheless, the Republican voters of Falls County, in their infinite wisdom, nominated Scaman for sheriff on May 29, 2012. Not only that, he won in a landslide, and he will face the Democrat incumbent in November.
Do you know what that means? Well, I’m glad you asked. It means I now have to endorse two Democrats in November, and I think I’d rather set my eyebrows on fire. But there’s a bright side, at least for those of us from Upshur County. We now have conclusive proof that the Upshur County Republican Party is not the most screwed up political organization in Texas.
UPDATE: Per the request of a couple of female friends, I’ve modified the picture a little more.