Criminal Justice

Order in the Court: Part IV—Jury and Verdict

October 21, 2018

A week ago, Thursday, the closing arguments of the trial began. The prosecution went first with a 50 minute PowerPoint presentation that covered the charges and how the evidence fit the charges. This was followed by the defense attorney recasting the testimony of the witnesses in such a way to benefit his client (think James […]

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Order in the Court: Part III–Defense Argument

October 20, 2018

Once the prosecution rested, the defense was able to present their case, I’m surprised that they did. I thought the attorney would close, simply arguing that the prosecution didn’t prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt and thus we must acquit. However his client–Carlos–had other plans. In the end two people were called to the […]

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Order in the Court: Part II–Prosecution Argument

October 19, 2018

Above Sam Waterston from NBC’s Law and Order, best known as a tough prosecution attorney The prosecution case, as simply as I can state it was similar to what follows: Bender Bob and his Bro decide to paint the town on a Thursday night. They start with a bottle of Hennessey, I don’t really know […]

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Order in the Court

October 17, 2018

I just spent about four weeks on jury duty and I need to decompress, debrief, vent, or whatever you want to call it. I plan to write a few posts covering different aspects of the experience. First, I would like to write about the process itself. The group that I was in reported for duty […]

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Lies about School Shootings

August 29, 2018

Believe it or not, NPR (National Public Radio) is reporting that 2/3 of all school shootings reported during the 2015/2016 school year never happened. This spring the U.S. Education Department reported that in the 2015-2016 school year, “nearly 240 schools … reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting.” The number is far higher […]

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The Catholic Churches Issues Are Not New, They Never Ended

August 26, 2018

By Jake the Snake Blogger’s note: I am disguising my identity due to my standing in a group that aids and assists the Catholic Church where I worship on Sundays due to my status as the 3rd highest ranking officer. The opinions in this blog represent one man’s experience and opinions, not those of the […]

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Crime Pays What?

August 24, 2018

Doubtless you are familiar with the phrase “Crime doesn’t pay” but actually is does; just not much unless you are in elected office. I came across the latest wage schedule of what prisoners earn per hour when working inside the prison system. When compared to what Apple pays people to make iPhones, these guys are […]

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Fake Justice

August 8, 2018

Lest you thought Fake News was your only concern, how about Fake Justice? Like every other institution in our society, the courts tend to replace “justice” with “process”. Thus if you “get process” or “go thru the system” then it is assumed that you have arrived at a just outcome. Clearly this is not always […]

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Urban “Oscar” Meyer Strikes Again!

August 4, 2018

Editor’s note: The Chief is an avid sports fan but when the sports page turns into the crime blotter, The Chief goes on the warpath. Buckle-up because today’s story has more twists and turns than an Agatha Christie novel. As you will see, many folks deserve to be scalped for their participation and subsequent cover-up. […]

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Johnnie Does Jury Duty

August 2, 2018

By Johnnie Does… Our “Johnnie does” segment depicts real life blogging of a correspondent wishing to maintain anonymity. He was given permission by the Blog Father to chronicle his exploits as long as content doesn’t turn into Johnnie Does Debbie or any female (or male) named herein; what follows is his account of jury duty. […]

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