09 July 2010

less jail time than someone who wrote a bad check

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Even if his defense were not an obvious lie, thinking he was only using his taser is quite nearly as bad as thinking he was using his gun. His victim was handcuffed and on the ground. You can't turn that into any reason to use a taser on him. We've all seen the video. There was absolutely NOTHING accidental about it. The jury, here, is acting just like the frightened world did when we plucked a bunch of innocent men from Afghanistan and threw them in a torture prison.

It's all about the mechanisms of fear. It's all about being cowed by the powerful. It's all about might over right... subintellectual goons thinking might IS right.

And you wonder why I've been dreaming of King Arthur....

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UPDATE....

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ANOTHER UPDATE....

I wish I could be in Oakland right now. Doesn't look as though they're getting the message.

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16 comments:

  1. Al Jezeera neglected to mention that he was handcuffed when he was murdered.

    The Adam Serwer piece brings up the same question I have had - how do you not know the difference between a gun and a taser. The feel in ones hand must be quiet different - different weight, different shape not to mention the color.

    Also, contrary to the AJ report, the crowd did get ugly, smashing windows and looting.

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  2. Go to picture 14 at that link - the guy in the white T-shirt.

    That's how so many young guys walk around here everywhere.

    Get a fucking belt for cryin' out loud and quit playing with your dick!

    Sheesh!

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  3. Justice Dept is looking at the case...

    Will they step in?

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  4. I do feel better. I still pretty awful, but definitely better, no longer at death's door.

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  5. The Justice Department CAN'T step in... unless it is to get him OUT of jail... to appeal the verdict and make it even MORE horrific. Double jeopardy. Can't do it.

    The fucker got away with murder. He got away with videotaped murder with a shitload of witnesses.

    On the one hand, in a fascist state, it's a wonder he even had to go to court, but on the other, IN AMERICA, it is as egregious as all the white guys getting off for murdering blacks in days of yore.

    The only good thing about this is that people of every age and color and socioeconomic status are equally pissed off about it.

    DESPICABLE, DESPICABLE, DESPICABLE.

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  6. But are there not other things the Feds could charge him with?

    I've never understood how O.J. was able to be tried and lost in Civil Court after being acquitted in Criminal Court. That seemed like double jeopardy to me.

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  7. THAT WAS THE MOST DESPICABLE HORSESHIT IN LEGAL HISTORY!

    FUCKING HELL!

    Every time I think of it I go postal! Join the club! I don't understand it EITHER! It's not LEGAL. They did it anyway.

    In THIS case, I have an 8 X 10 color glossy of Oakland getting a verdict like that against them. I don't think the Feds could charge him with anything now. I can't think of anything they could butt in with EXCEPT to get him off the hook on some legal misstep at trial. So we should be rooting for those posturing and useless pigs at DOJ to just fuck off and die.

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  8. It wasn't double jeopardy, sez the scumfucks wishing to split hairs like the difference between civil and criminal courts.... Total crap.

    It was about getting that raving father of one of the victims to STFU.

    Everybody was concentrating on how guilty OJ just HAD to be because he was a sometimes wife beater. Nobody but the jury was concentrating on how he really couldn't have done it, if the prosecution's timeline was anything close to realistic, OR that the cops had tampered with evidence and all kinds of other bullshit.

    I don't think OJ did it, but EVEN if he did, the case should have been thrown out the minute the cops jumped his fence. It got WORSE after that.

    Then you get that Peterson case, where there's NO proof, only a girlfriend and a nation full of slobbering pregnant-woman evangelists and he gets the DEATH sentence for nothing whatever stronger than loose circumstantial evidence.

    NOW you have a fucking murderating pig caught on tape blowing away a guy he's got cuffed on the ground and he gets an "involuntary manslaughter" verdict?

    Someone get me a gun.

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  9. What they are saying in the paper this morning is that the DOJ is looking at civil rights issues - hate crimes etc.

    Also this morning they were showing the difference between a taser and a service weapon. It reinforces my thoughts of how could he not tell the difference!

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  10. The buddhas of the ten directions KNOW that I mean this with total love.

    I HOPE OAKLAND ERUPTS INTO A WAVE OF HUMANITY THAT SWEEPS THE ENTIRE POLICE FORCE INTO THE BAY OVER THIS. I HOPE PEOPLE OF EVERY COLOR COME FROM EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD TO HELP HOLD THEM UNDER.

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  11. The miserable fuck is on tape! The jury can SEE what we all saw, and more videos still, and the ONLY way they could get this verdict was to get a bunch of terrified old wussies who think the police are godlike. OR SOME KIND OF COERCION I HAVEN'T THOUGHT OF BECAUSE THEY LEFT THE FIREARM PART IN THEIR VERDICT TO ALLOW FOR A TEN-YEAR SENTENCE, INSTEAD OF JUST TWO TO FOUR.

    He should have to go away for a minimum of twenty years. Minimum. There's definitely one person who needs a very long time to turn his brain around.

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  12. The first reports I saw called it a "Compromise Verdict" which would seem to imply the jury was split on what the verdict should be.

    What gets me are all the reports I've been seeing which claim things such as "Grant was digging in his pocket and Mehserle thought he was going for a weapon" without once mentioning the fact that Grant had his hands handcuffed behind his back!

    It's as if the news reports are ignoring that fact intentionally.

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  13. Scared to mention it. Scared to mention it. Scared to mention it.

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