If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times: Small-town Texas mayor agrees to take care of her neighbors' dog for a few days, tells them dog's dead, changes dog's name and sends dog to live at her twin sister's ranch before being charged with tampering with evidence and fabricating a police report. (If only they could charge people with "being a raging moron," life would be so much better.)
The best part of the story? The small-town Texas mayor -- now ex-mayor -- has a lawyer who was wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the very subtle message, "No Cupable." That's Spanish for not guilty, for those of you who live outside of Los Angeles.
Good thing the attorney picked that shirt out of his drawer instead of the one that was underneath it, which read, "Mi cliente está loco."
Here's some free advice you can file away for the next time you call your lawyer: If your legal counsel is professing your innocence via imprinted sportswear, it might be time to get new legal counsel.
Kudos to the Times for letting its writers get a little funky, though. Referring to the dog, whose name had been changed during this caper, the reporter observed: "Puddles/Panchito had no comment. But he sniffed around Mr. Canales’s desk and lifted a leg." And beneath a photo of the wacko mayor holding her pilfered puppy, this gem of a caption: "Grace Saenz-Lopez, ex-mayor, and Panchito, ex-Puddles. "
So, Stark, now aren't you sorry you left the Lone Star State?