Songs of Freedom in Tulia
On June 7 the State Bar of Texas named Amarillo defense attorney Jeff Blackburn criminal defense attorney of the year for his work defending a majority of the Tulia 46. Blackburn (along with Plainview attorney Paul Holloway, who was appointed to defend nine of the defendants) was instrumental in discrediting Coleman's testimony. Coleman is currently facing three charges of aggravated perjury for lying on the stand during the March evidentiary hearing.
Meanwhile, it appears the Tulia debacle has spurred its own little cottage industry. On Thursday, June 19, at 5pm, Waterloo Records will host a CD-release party for the 11-song Tulia Texas Review, reportedly designed to celebrate the 12 defendants' newfound freedom. Attorney Jeff Frazier, who volunteered to help Texas ACLU Director Will Harrell organize and file various federal lawsuits and complaints stemming from the Tulia debacle, wrote the songs on the album, on which Frazier also sings along with Austin staples Malford Milligan and Ruben Ramos. While at least one song, titled "Tulia, Texas," clearly refers to the infamous drug sting, others -- such as "Thermobaric Bunker Buster Bomb" -- don't seem much related to the Panhandle busts at all. Still, according to a press release, a portion of the proceeds from the CD will be used to establish a Task Force Blues Legal Defense Fund.