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disappear into the desert while they’re relying on me. I’ve talked in the past about all the ways having a daughter has changed my life, and this is another example. It’s funny how the moment you have kids, your sense of safety can be totally recontextualized. When I get on a bicycle seat now, I’m not just riding to keep myself safe; I’m riding to come back to my daughter. This doesn’t mean I’ve lost my love of a good challenge. While I may not be risking life and limb on extreme cycling trips anymore, I get the same thrill from taking on some of Tarrant County’s most difficult cases. For example, we recently represented someone accused of hitting a parked police car at over 100 miles per hour, severely injuring an officer. Naturally, the accused was facing some serious jail time and came to our firm for aid. Listening to this person’s side of the story, we were struck by how different it was from the police report. So, we revisited the scene of the crime. By bringing in independent investigators, we were able to prove that the police had made two errors in their report. First, our client’s car was going 65 miles per hour, not 100. Second, the collision occurred in the lane, meaning the officer’s vehicle had been parked too close to the road. Needless to say, our client turned out to be in the right. Protecting clients when the evidence is stacked against them isn’t something most lawyers sign up for. Much like the Hotter’n Hell Hundred, these cases are uphill battles that can only be conquered with
HARD RIDES AND HARDER CASES
August is here, which means I have cycling on my mind. Well, more than I usually do. As I discussed last year, this month promises one of the most notorious bicycle races in the world, and it takes place right in our own backyard: the Hotter’n Hell Hundred. As brutal as the name sounds, I’m sore to be missing out. The largest single-day, 100-mile bicycle ride in the country, the Hotter’n Hell Hundred is brutal in its simplicity: 100 miles through the desolate landscape outside Wichita Falls in 100-degree temperatures. Honestly, the name says it all. While this may sound like cruel and unusual punishment for most people, it doesn’t change the fact that thousands of cyclists flock to Texas for this incredible race. Having been one of those people crazy enough to sign up, I can speak to the attitude of most of these cyclists. They crave the challenge. They want to go up against impossible odds and win. Most of these riders don’t go to outcompete their friends, but rather to outdo themselves. Riding through hell forces you to conquer your own self-doubt. Having made that 100-mile ride three times, I can say that it’s a grueling but life-affirming experience. Few things make you feel more in control of your own destiny than when you cross that finish line. Of course, having grown a little older and a touch wiser, I know I’m not just responsible for my own destiny anymore. I have a duty to my clients here at the firm and to my family at home. I can’t exactly
discipline and perseverance. When we can prove our client’s innocence, the exertion is more than worth it.
– Gary L. Medlin, Esq.
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