Friday, December 18, 2015

TODAY'S POTPOURRI




Starting late tonight and for the next 10 or so days I will be so lucky to have visiting grandchildren and great grandchildren plus all my kids and spouses including “Oh-Hellers” here for the holidays. Fortunately not all at the same time, but Dawg will also have company. Obviously I will not have time to blog

As fillers today some notes from print/internet media:  "Today’s world!" USA Today  “San Bernardino came on the heels of Colorado Springs, which came on the heels of Roseburg, Ore., which came on the heels ... It's been a year. We're edgy. But it was a bit of a gut check for many Thursday when the happiest place on Earth announced it was installing metal detectors. The three major theme parks in Orlando have installed metal detectors for the holiday season, reflecting heightened security nationwide, Roger Yu reports . Additionally, Disney said it will have more uniformed law enforcement officers and specially trained dogs on patrol in key areas. They will also stop selling toy guns and won't allow them brought into the parks. Tom Schroeder, a spokesman for Universal, said the company is "testing metal detection because we want our guests to feel safe when they come to our theme parks." No one would disagree. Safety? Yes. The sad feeling at the end of an era? Perhaps.”

As reported in the Times : “The trial of the first Baltimore police officer in the death of Freddie Gray ended in a hung jury on Wednesday, an unexpected twist that complicates the cases against five other officers facing charges in a fatal police encounter that prompted violent unrest here last spring.

“a weary-looking jury of seven women and five men filed into his (the Judge’s) wood-paneled courtroom. They had sent him a note after 16 hours of deliberations to inform him they were deadlocked on all four charges, including manslaughter”.

The mistrial could complicate the other prosecutions; Officer Porter is considered a material witness in their case against the driver of the van, Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., who is scheduled to go on trial Jan. 6 with the other cases to follow.

The trial of the officer, William G. Porter, was to be the opening to — and a critical building block for — a six-part legal proceeding on the fatal encounter between the police and Mr. Gray

The Porter trial was closely watched by Black Lives Matter activists across the country, who viewed it as a barometer of whether it is possible to convict police officers. Yet its racial dynamics were complex. Officer Porter is black; so are Judge Williams, who made a career of prosecuting police officers as a lawyer with the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, and Marilyn J. Mosby, the tough-talking state’s attorney who brought charges against the six officers, three black and three white. Seven of the 12 jurors were black.”

Although there was some attempt to incite the crowd waiting for the verdict; common sense prevailed and the city remained quiet that night. Some of the quoted comments:

“DeRay Mckesson, a national leader in the Black Lives Matter movement who lives in Baltimore, said he was heartened by the outcome. “This is a hung jury, it’s not an acquittal,” he said. “That’s important. The prosecution resonated with the jury in some capacity — and that is undeniable.”

“Justice is not a verdict,” the mayor said. “Justice is a process that we have to protect.”

A lawyer for the Gray family, Billy Murphy, called the outcome “a bump on the road to justice.”

My opinion, this was not a failure of the legal system to produce justice which all too often to aggrieved minorities “justice” only means a guilty verdict, otherwise right or wrong the system as failed.

Instead, it proved that an American Jury can come to mixed conclusions and not be swayed by emotion or racial prejudices in finding a verdict

4 comments:

  1. "Instead, it proved that an American Jury can come to mixed conclusions and not be swayed by emotion or racial prejudices in finding a verdict"

    How can you say that? You do not know what motivated each juror to reach their conclusion. Could have been the facts of the case, could of been emotion, could have been racial prejudices. No one truly knows and there is no proof.

    "this was not a failure of the legal system to produce justice which all too often to aggrieved minorities “justice” only means a guilty verdict, otherwise right or wrong the system as failed."

    I am not 100% sure what you mean in this paragraph. Are you of the belief that aggrieved minorities only view “justice” by means of a guilty verdict and somehow that is incorrect? To the mass public, if there is no guilty verdict then there is no harm, if there is no harm then there is no problem. True recognition of a problem can only be found in a guilty verdict.

    As the saying goes..."The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist." The constant lack of criminal justice for police brutality must mean it doesn't exist...right?

    Richard Stewart

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  2. Richard, I know that the paragraphs may be obtuse in meaning. In the first one I am referring to the jury as a 2whole not each individual juror.The fact that the Jury was hung indicates that one or more juror had such fixed concepts that there could be no common ground for a decision. In the second paragraph, all too often the not guilty verdict even when justified by facts. has led to destructive riots.

    But,"constant lack of criminal justice in Police brutality" is erroneous. It is not always although the results too often seem to suggest that juries let the police get away with murder. The justice system has to be trusted. The answer lies in educating all regardless of ethnicity, race or religion to not hate or be otherwise prejudiced.

    Yes, Police brutality is unfortunately a too common fact as evidenced by recent events in Chicago, or Ferguson and all too often shooting is an over reaction. But who will accept responsibility when the cop turns the other cheek and gets killed because he did not react. T here will always be tough decisions and what has to be done on one hand is to adequate teach how to judge a situation, and on the other hand how for the "victim' how to react when faced with a potential disaster. I hope this clarifies how I feel.

    Have a great holiday and we can continue after it is over.

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  3. Sure Doc. Have a great holiday! Enjoy the season and family!

    Richard

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  4. Keep us posted on the Oh Hell Championship! Happy Holidays, Doc.

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