Friday Open Thread | The Killers of John Hernandez Indicted

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A Harris County deputy and her husband are in custody after a grand jury indicted them for murder.

Deputy Chauna Thompson and her husband, Terry, face murder charges for the death of John Hernandez after a fight at Denny’s.

“We believe that this grand jury true bill is a reflection of our community’s belief that a crime occurred,” Harris County DA Kim Ogg said. “And that crime was murder and it was participated by Terry Thompson and his wife Deputy Chauna Thompson.”

The couple could face five years to life if convicted.

Hernandez, 24, was in a coma after an altercation with Terry Thompson on May 28 outside of a Denny’s in Sheldon.

During a press conference Thursday night, Hernandez’s family responded to the latest developments.

“We do not ask for the death penalty for the Thompson family,” said Wendy Maldonado, Hernandez’s aunt. “This family has a heart and we are filled with love and we are human, too. We’d rather them get life sentences.”

Bond is set at $100,000 for both Terry and Chauna Thompson.

Scot Courtney, Terry Thompson’s attorney, told ABC13 that the charges were disappointing.

“I’m extremely disappointed in the indictment but more importantly, in the actual charge. I haven’t seen any evidence that shows Mr. Thompson intended to cause death,” Courtney said.

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72 Responses to Friday Open Thread | The Killers of John Hernandez Indicted

  1. Killing a man for urinating in public. Call the police, allow him to go to jail and pay a fine but he murdered him. Get your ass to prison. Convict wife Chauna too.

  2. JUSTICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Get your ass to prison!

  3. rikyrah says:

    Kaivan Shroff‏ @KaivanShroff

    What people mean by “white male privilege” is a billionaire who claims he is a genius and should run country, then cries “I’m new at this.”

    • rikyrah says:

      After a public showing on May 25 in which Trump refused to endorse NATO’s collective defense clause and famously shoved the Montenegrin leader out of the way, leaders of the 29-member alliance retired to a closed-door dinner that multiple sources tell Foreign Policy left alliance leaders “appalled.”

      Trump had two versions of prepared remarks for the dinner, one that took a traditional tack and one prepared by the more NATO-skeptic advisors, Stephen Miller and Steve Bannon. “He dumped both of them and improvised,” one source briefed on the dinner told FP.

      During the dinner, Trump went off-script to criticize allies again for not spending enough on defense. (The United States is one of only five members that meets NATO members’ pledge to spend 2 percent of GDP on defense.)
      “Oh, it was like a total shitshow,” said one source, who spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren’t authorized to discuss the closed-door dinner.

      “The dinner was far worse than the speech,” said a former senior U.S. government official briefed on dinner. “It was a train wreck. It was awful.”

      NATO headquarters declined to comment on the dinner. “This was a confidential dinner of allied leaders and we respect their confidence,” a NATO spokesperson said.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Those that didn’t know what we had have FINALLY joined us that knew the fabulousness of 44.

  5. See, folks! Told y’all, if it wasn’t for the concerned citizen recording the killing, these fuckers would have gotten away with cold bloodied murder.

  6. I don’t doubt it for a second. I read cops took her phone but thank God someone at the scene recorded otherwise, these killers would be walking around free & getting away with murder.

  7. yahtzeebutterfly says:
  8. Liza says:

    Stating the obvious, but so true.

    SHAUN KING: Trump is scary, but his few remaining fans are even scarier
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, June 9, 2017, 3:58 PM

    The President currently sits at a miserable 34% approval rating — but how is the figure even that high?

    From every single angle of the poll, Trump’s in trouble. A staggering 73% of the country approves of a special prosecutor to look into links between Russia and the Trump campaign, 68% of Americans say he’s not level headed and 64% of Americans say he doesn’t share their values.

    For the first time, even the majority of white people without college degrees disapprove of Trump. Even his base is eroding.

    That’s why I feel compelled to publicly question the 34% of Americans who continue to say they approve of Donald Trump.

    What exactly do you approve of? His presidency has been a complete mess. It’s not even officially his first summer on the job yet and expensive investigations with special prosecutors and bombshell testimony are already gripping the nation.

    My best guess is that you approve of him because he’s you think he’s good Christian man and you’re just relieved we no longer have a scary Muslim in the White House. My best guess is that you’re just glad that he’s white. My best guess is that you’re just glad he’s a man. My best guess is that you’re just glad he’s a Republican. My best guess is that you love that he seems to despise Muslims and immigrants just as much as you do.

    Whatever the case, your willingness to still support Trump, in spite of all of the evidence making it clear that any decent person would abandon ship, tells us way more about you than it does him.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Welcome to Wakanda! #BlackPanther world premiere of the teaser trailer TONIGHT during Game 4! @MarvelStudios

    — Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo) June 9, 2017

    Patiently waiting for the #BlackPanther trailer like

    — PragmaticObotsUnite (@PragObots) June 9, 2017

    Couldn’t care less about the game tonight, but might end up watching just so I can see the #BlackPanther trailer.

    — Dudette (@Dudette9t9) June 9, 2017

  10. rikyrah says:

    DA PHUQ?

    A 41 y.o. Korean man adopted in the US at age 3 is being deported b/c his adoptive parents didnt get him citizenship

    — Liam Stack (@liamstack) October 29, 2016

    (1/2) I was adopted by US couple as infant (from Japan), priority for them was naturalization for me….

    — Arapaho415 (@arapaho415) October 29, 2016

    (2/2) What will he do now? (Speaking for myself, I speak only English, no nothing about Japanese culture.)

    — Arapaho415 (@arapaho415) October 29, 2016

    (2/2) two sets of abusive parents & 2000 law that grants auto-citizenship to US adoptees (not retroactive though).

    — Arapaho415 (@arapaho415) October 29, 2016

  11. yahtzeebutterfly says:


    “Kids Are Quoting Trump To Bully Their Classmates And Teachers Don’t Know What To Do About It”


    Donald Trump’s campaign and election have added an alarming twist to school bullying, with white students using the president’s words and slogans to bully Latino, Middle Eastern, black, Asian, and Jewish classmates. In the first comprehensive review of post-election bullying, BuzzFeed News has confirmed more than 50 incidents, across 26 states, in which a K-12 student invoked Trump’s name or message in an apparent effort to harass a classmate during the past school year.

    In the parking lot of a high school in Shakopee, Minnesota, boys in Donald Trump shirts gathered around a black teenage girl and sang a portion of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” replacing the closing line with “and the home of the slaves.” On a playground at an elementary school in Albuquerque, New Mexico, third-graders surrounded a boy and chanted “Trump! Trump! Trump!”

    On a school bus in San Antonio, Texas, a white eighth-grader said to a Filipino classmate, “You are going to be deported.” In a classroom in Brea, California, a white eighth-grader told a black classmate, “Now that Trump won, you’re going to have to go back to Africa, where you belong.” In the hallway of a high school in San Mateo County, California, a white student told two biracial girls to “go back home to whatever country you’re from.” In Louisville, Kentucky, a third-grade boy chased a Latina girl around the classroom shouting “Build the wall!” In a stadium parking lot in Jacksonville, Florida, after a high school football game, white students chanted at black students from the opposing school: “Donald Trump! Donald Trump! Donald Trump!”

    The first school year of the Donald Trump presidency left educators struggling to navigate a climate where misogyny, religious intolerance, name-calling, and racial exclusion have become part of mainstream political speech.

    • rikyrah says:

      Uh huh
      Uh huh

      but but but…it was gonna be CRIMINALS…remember?

      The Trump administration has moved to reopen hundreds of deportation cases closed under Obama
      Mica Rosenberg and Reade Levinson, Reuters

      (Reuters) – In September 2014, Gilberto Velasquez, a 38-year-old house painter from El Salvador, received life-changing news: The US government had decided to shelve its deportation action against him.

      The move was part of a policy change initiated by then-President Barack Obama in 2011 to pull back from deporting immigrants who had formed deep ties in the United States and whom the government considered no threat to public safety. Instead, the administration would prioritize undocumented immigrants who had committed serious crimes.

      Last month, things changed again for the painter, who has lived in the United States illegally since 2005 and has a US-born child. He received news that the government wanted to put his deportation case back on the court calendar, citing another shift in priorities, this time by President Donald Trump.

      The Trump administration has moved to reopen the cases of hundreds of undocumented immigrants who, like Velasquez, had been given a reprieve from deportation, according to government data and court documents reviewed by Reuters and interviews with immigration lawyers.

      Trump signaled in January that he planned to dramatically widen the net of undocumented immigrants targeted for deportation, but his administration has not publicized its efforts to reopen immigration cases.

    • Liza says:

      Just look at those two mugs. Why in the blazing hell did they kill that young man? What is wrong with these people?

      • majiir says:

        They did it because they could, and they seemed to think that their being indicted for murder is “unfair.” I followed the link and watched the video of the incident. Although a female was screaming for Terry Thompson to release Hernandez, another guy there seemed to be engaged in trying to block whoever was filming the incident and saying repeatedly that Chauna Thompson is a deputy sheriff, as if that justified her husband choking the life out of Mr. Hernandez. Some people can say whatever they want to say in public, but I believe that when they’re out of public view, they do think the lives of some Americans are more important than the lives of others.

  12. rikyrah says:

    New polling shows Trump’s standing slipping to new lows
    06/09/17 11:20 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Given some of the fundamentals of domestic current events – most notably the lowest unemployment rate in over a decade – it’s tempting to assume a new president would enjoy reasonably strong public support right now.

    That’s clearly not the case with this new president.

    President Donald Trump did something illegal in his relationship with Russia, 31 percent of American voters say, while another 29 percent say he did something unethical, but not illegal, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. The president did nothing wrong, 32 percent of voters say.

    President Trump’s campaign advisors did something illegal in dealing with Russia, 40 percent of voters say, as 25 percent say they did something unethical but not illegal and 24 percent say they did nothing wrong.

    The president’s job approval rating dips to a new low, a negative 34 – 57 percent, compared to a negative 37 – 55 percent in a May 24 survey by [from Quinnipiac].

  13. rikyrah says:

    McCaskill uses facts to slam Senate Republicans’ health care process
    06/09/17 10:22 AM—UPDATED 06/09/17 10:26 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Many of us tuned in to watch yesterday’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing with former FBI Director James Comey’s sworn testimony, but around the same time, there were a few fireworks in a lower-profile hearing in the same building.

    HHS Secretary Tom Price testified yesterday before the Senate Finance Committee on his department’s budget, and not surprisingly, there was a fair amount of discussion of the Republican plans on health care policy. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) asked the committee’s chairman, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), whether the panel would hold any hearings on the GOP’s proposal.

    The Utah Republican, apparently unsure how to respond, had an aide whisper a talking point in his ear. Hatch eventually told McCaskill that he doesn’t know if the committee would hold a hearing on the still-secret legislation, but Democrats had been invited to “give your ideas” about the issue.

    McCaskill wasn’t having it.

    “No, that’s not true, Mr. Chairman. Let me just say, I watched carefully all of the hearings that went on [when the Affordable Care Act was crafted]. I was not a member of this committee at the time, although I would have liked to be. [Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa] was the ranking member. Dozens of Republican amendments were offered and accepted in that hearing process.

    “And when you say that you’re inviting us – and we heard you, Mr. Secretary, just say, ‘We’d love your support’ – for what? We don’t even know. We have no idea what’s being proposed. There’s a group of guys in a back room somewhere that are making these decisions. There were no hearings in the House.

    “I mean, listen, this is hard to take. Because I know we made mistakes [when the ACA came together], Mr. Secretary. And one of the criticisms we got over and over again that the vote was partisan. Well you couldn’t have a more partisan exercise than what you’re engaged in right now. We’re not even going to have a hearing on a bill that impacts one-sixth of our economy. We’re not going to have an opportunity to offer a single amendment. It is all being done with an eye to try to get it by with 50 votes and the vice president.

    “I am stunned that that’s what [Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell] would call regular order, which he sanctimoniously said would be the order of the day when the Republicans took the Senate over. We are now so far from regular order that the newer members don’t even know what it looks like.”

  14. Liza says:

    The Skinny
    By Jim Nintzel @nintzel
    U.S. Rep. Martha McSally told a group of bankers last week that if an election were held today, she would lose office.

    Team McSally has been poo-pooing recent polls showing that more than half of the voters in her district disapprove of her job performance, while her approval has fallen down to the mid-30s, percentage-wise, and that she was losing to a generic Democrat by 7 percentage points.

    But last week, in a private talk to the Arizona Bankers Association, McSally conceded that in the current political environment, she has some real challenges in next year’s election.

    McSally complained that President Donald Trump and his tweets were creating troubling “distractions” and “it’s basically being taken out on me. Any Republican member of Congress, you are going down with the ship. And we’re going to hand the gavel to Pelosi in 2018, they only need 28 seats and the path to that gavel being handed over is through my seat. And right now, it doesn’t matter that it’s me, it doesn’t matter what I’ve done. I have an ‘R’ next to my name and right now, this environment would have me not prevail.”

    “The environment has changed and some of it changed on January 20,” McSally told the crowd. “There’s just an element out there that’s just, like, so against the president. Like they just can’t see straight. And all of a sudden on January 20, I’m like his twin sister to them. And I’m, like, responsible for everything he does, and tweets and says. And they want me to be spending my time as a pundit. ‘I disagree with that. I agree with this.’ I have a job in the legislature!”

    In her talk, McSally acknowledged that the job comes with a lot of frustration. She said serving in Congress had gotten a lot harder since Trump’s election last year and that she’s forced to “navigate in the political theater, but I don’t breathe life into it and I don’t enjoy it, just to be frank with you. It actually drains me.”

    As she was talking to bankers, McSally focused on the latest GOP efforts to repeal the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that regulated banks after the 2007 economic collapse. She characterized Dodd-Frank as a hindrance to banks that needs to be repealed.

    “Within the public, there is often a perception that we had the financial meltdown and then Dodd-Frank was good and it was, you know, saving us from future financial meltdowns,” McSally said. “You guys are all experts in the industry and you know that’s not the truth. Really, what Dodd-Frank did, was it provided additional compliance and legislative regulations and more burdens upon you. It doesn’t actually protect the consumer anymore, it just adds more paperwork and compliance.”

    • Liza says:

      Poor, poor, poor Martha. She’s blamed for everything Trump does. Of course, her Trump score is 100 percent on voting with him.

    • Liza says:

      I should mention that Martha’s war chest was nearly 8 million in 2016 and she’s obviously working on that for 2018. She would take money from the Devil, I do believe.

  15. rikyrah says:

    anyone not a WHITE MALE would be afforded this.

    under ANY circumstances.


    Trump’s allies point to his ignorance and inexperience as a defense
    06/09/17 08:00 AM—UPDATED 06/09/17 08:05 AM
    By Steve Benen
    As Donald Trump’s Russia scandal has intensified, and evidence of alleged obstruction of justice has mounted, the president’s allies have argued repeatedly that the Republican did not do what he’s accused of doing. The allegations, the right has insisted, are wrong.

    This week, the party line changed. Maybe he did do some of those things, Trump’s defenders have begun arguing, but it’s just because he’s so ignorant.

    Here, for example, is what House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told reporters yesterday:

    “[O]f course there needs to be a degree of independence between DOJ, FBI, and a White House and a line of communications established. The president is new at this, he is new to government, and so he probably wasn’t steeped in the long running protocols that establish the relationships between DOJ, FBI, and White Houses. He is just new to this.”

  16. rikyrah says:

    Away from the national spotlight, GOP guts Wall Street safeguards
    06/09/17 09:20 AM
    By Steve Benen

    As much of the country probably noticed, it was a rather dramatic day on Capitol Hill yesterday. The former director of the FBI gave sworn testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee, suggesting the president of the United States may have obstructed justice. The hearing generated quite a bit of attention, and for good reason: Donald Trump’s presidency is facing a genuine crisis.

    But on the other side of Capitol Hill, House Republicans were only too pleased to take advantage of the fact that their latest moves unfolded far from the national spotlight.

    The House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill that would roll back key parts of the Dodd-Frank act aimed at Wall Street and financial industry regulatory reform which was passed in the wake of the mortgage meltdown.

    The House voted 233-186 to approve the Financial CHOICE Act.


    The Choice Act would exempt some financial institutions that meet capital and liquidity requirements from many of Dodd-Frank’s restrictions that limit risk taking. It would also replace Dodd-Frank’s method of dealing with large and failing financial institutions, known as the orderly liquidation authority — which critics say reinforces the idea that some banks are too big to fail — with a new bankruptcy code provision.

    In addition, the legislation would weaken the powers of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Under the proposed law, the president could fire the agency’s director at will and its oversight powers would be curbed.

    The bill would also eliminate the Labor Department’s fiduciary rule, which requires brokers to act in the best interest of their clients when providing investment advice about retirement. The first parts of the rule are scheduled to go into effect on Friday.

  17. rikyrah says:

    Trump sets up a contest of credibility he simply cannot win
    06/09/17 08:42 AM—UPDATED 06/09/17 09:22 AM
    By Steve Benen
    The list of Donald Trump falsehoods exposed by former FBI Director James Comey over the last two days isn’t short.

    Trump was asked on Fox News last month whether he ever asked Comey for his loyalty. Trump responded, “No, I didn’t.” Trump was asked at a White House press conference last month, “Did you at any time urge former FBI Director James Comey in any way, shape, or form to close or to back down the investigation into Michael Flynn?” Trump replied, “No. No. Next question.”

    Trump was asked by NBC News’ Lester Holt about the private dinner he had with Comey, and the president said Comey “asked for the dinner.” Trump said Comey had called him on the phone in the weeks that followed to tell the president he wasn’t under investigation. Trump said Comey was fired in part because FBI personnel had “lost confidence” in the bureau’s director.

    Each of these claims now appears to be a brazen lie the president told the American public.

    But wait, Republicans will argue, we don’t know for sure that Trump was lying. What we have here is a “he said, he said” dispute. For all we know, the GOP argument goes, perhaps Comey’s claims are untrue and the president has been completely honest.

    And while that may make the White House and its allies feel better, this posture isn’t quite right.

  18. rikyrah says:

    The President’s Lawyer Fails Miserably in Defending His Client
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    June 8, 2017 4:42 PM


    Let’s break that defense down into three general categories. First of all, both the president and most Republicans are determined to highlight the statements from Comey about Trump not being personally under investigation. That ignores one of the critical things Comey said during the hearing in response to questions about whether or not the president attempted to obstruct justice.

    “I don’t think it is for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct,” Comey said. “I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning, but that’s a conclusion I’m sure the special counsel will work toward: to try and understand what the intention was there and whether that’s an offense.”

    It sounds like Trump is now the subject of an investigation by Mueller into whether or not he attempted to obstruct justice.

    In the second category, Kasowitz said that Trump never suggested that they “let Flynn go” and never asked for Comey’s loyalty. In other words, he wants to make this a he said/he said between Trump and Comey. As Ed Kilgore wrote today, “Trump is not going to win a credibility contest with James Comey.” A president whose supporters have to refer to “alternative facts” and parse out whether he should be taken “literally” or “seriously” is going to lose that contest every time. And that isn’t even taking into consideration that Trump lies an average of five times a day. This is precisely where the president’s mendacity will come back to haunt him.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Dear Mr Attorney General: Go before the Senate Intel Committee and say that under oath. @20committee @morgfair

    — John Perkowski (@john_perkowski) June 9, 2017

    .@realdonaldtrump isn’t the only one disputing Comey’s testimony

    — Josh Gerstein (@joshgerstein) June 9, 2017

    Interesting how Sessions remembers these meetings in detail but forgets that he met with the Russians.

    — Jonathan Drake (@Duck_person) June 9, 2017

  20. rikyrah says:

    The front page of today’s @USATODAY

    — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 9, 2017

  21. rikyrah says:

    Wow. The @NRCC is having a total freakout over #GA06. New ad calls Jon Ossoff a “childish radical.”

    — Russell Drew (@RussOnPolitics) June 9, 2017

  22. rikyrah says:

    Ossoff 51

    Handel 44#GA06 👀

    — Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) June 9, 2017

  23. rikyrah says:

    May blew a 25 point lead in 8 weeks!

  24. rikyrah says:

    #ACASignups REVISED VERSION: The 3-Legged Stool of the #ACA (& why killing/weakening EHBs is a major problem):

    — ☪️ Charles Gaba ✡️ (@charles_gaba) June 8, 2017

    One of the biggest real problems w/the ACA is the green leg was cut too short (APTC/CSR should be beefed up w/higher cap). 2/

    — ☪️ Charles Gaba ✡️ (@charles_gaba) June 8, 2017

    Sadly, instead of lengthening the green leg, the GOP keeps trying to shorten the blue leg, while pretending to cut off the red leg. 3/

    — ☪️ Charles Gaba ✡️ (@charles_gaba) June 8, 2017

    In reality, AHCA also shortens the green leg for older/sicker folks while replacing the red leg w/a weird, ineffective “30% surcharge” leg.

    — ☪️ Charles Gaba ✡️ (@charles_gaba) June 8, 2017

    • Liza says:

      I wonder if the redneck cop lady and her fat f**k husband would have been indicted without the video. These two Neanderthals really think they rule the world, or at least their piece of it. Damn these people. Life is hard enough for most of us without having to contend with these mentally challenged yet very dangerous white supremacists. And how did she ever get to be a cop? Where are the standards?

  25. Out on bond? Well I’ll be damn. And that love shirt? Really disgusting.

    • majiir says:

      The main reason May called the election three years before they were slated to be held in 2020 was because she was trying to increase her majority in parliament, and the move backfired on her spectacularly. She deserves this. Shortly after becoming PM, she filed the Brexit paperwork and was thinking she’d have fewer problems pushing it through if she had a larger majority in parliament. Based on voting results, it appears to me that the young citizens in the UK sent her a “piss off” message yesterday since most of them voted for Labour candidates. I’m waiting for Trump to send May a tweet congratulating her on her “win” because the fcker doesn’t understand a d*mn thing about anything.

  26. rikyrah says:

    The indictments are the first step. May they rot in jail.

  27. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone 😐😐😐

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