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I think the amount is excessive, but this is the one area of the case where Chupp actually seemed to be in his element and had a solid grasp of what things actually cost. I attribute this to his experience in personal injury litigation, where calculating costs is one of the primary needed skills. He almost seemed actually interested in that part of the case.In a weird sort of way, Chupp is considered to have the best handle on how much work was required for this case and therefore he's supposed to rule on the fees at all levels (trial, appeals, and if it goes to the Texas Supreme Court). So he itemized them out.
This is what bugs me about Chupp. I have fairly often called him an idiot or incompetent, but this approaches being rhetorical. I don't believe he had to be incompetent. I don't believe he had to be an idiot. He chose to be that. He's lazy, and that's worse. He unnecessarily increased the cost to all parties by the way he ruled in this case without findings of fact or conclusions of law. Apparently, if I've read the case law right, he's not actually obligated to do that at least in this case, but he's made things unnecessarily difficult for the parties, their counsel, and three judges on a superior court.
This is just not how a judge should behave. If he had any certainty in his decision, he should have nailed it down, explained his reasoning, essentially USED HIS WORDS, since that is his fucking job. Instead he washed his hands like Pontius Pilate and was like "whatever it'll probably come back on appeal I don't give a fuck I'm gonna go get drunk."