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  • Calif Dem Wants Felons on Juries [semi-satire]

    06/16/2019 10:36:23 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 16 June 2019 | John Semmens
    California State Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) has introduced legislation (SB 310) that would put convicted felons on juries. Current law bars ex-cons from serving on juries—a practice that Skinner calls “profoundly undemocratic.” “I am ashamed that it has taken so long for my Party to realize that routinely excluding victims of the justice system from playing a role in the judicial process is wrong,” the Senator asserted. “Who among us is better suited to assess whether others should be subjected to the brutality of our prison system than individuals who have had to endure it themselves?” “The criminal element is...
  • California moves to let felons serve on juries

    06/13/2019 9:37:45 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 38 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 6/13/19 | JOHN PHILLIPS
    The state of California has made no secret that it wants to let as many people out of prison as possible. From the early release of inmates through AB 109, to filling parole boards with felon friendly commissioners, to decriminalizing a litany of felonies and drug offenses with Props 47 and 57, Sacramento lawmakers are bending over backwards to dramatically reduce the state’s inmate population. Despite all of these efforts, the number of inmates hasn’t dropped dramatically enough to satisfy the state’s ruling Democrats, so they’re kicking tires on a new approach — rigging the jury system so no one...
  • Ex-Goldman Sachs Programmer Found Guilty in Split Verdict

    05/01/2015 12:04:27 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 1 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 1, 2015 | By BEN PROTESS and MATTHEW GOLDSTEIN
    For the second time in five years, Sergey Aleynikov was convicted on charges of stealing confidential computer trading code from his former employer, Goldman Sachs. The first time it took a federal jury just hours to convict; this time it came after more than a week of deliberation and an accusation of “food poisoning” and avocado tampering in a state court jury room. A jury on Friday convicted Mr. Aleynikov on one of the counts he faced but found him not guilty on another. They deadlocked on a third count against Mr. Aleynikov, who smiled nervously after the decision was...
  • When Brooklyn juries gentrify, defendants lose

    06/19/2014 9:35:33 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 16, 2014 | Josh Saul
    Brooklyn’s courthouses are being rocked by the “Williamsburg Effect.” The influx of well-off and educated white people to trendy neighborhoods such as Williamsburg is rapidly “gentrifying’’ the borough’s jury pool — and transforming verdicts, lawyers and judges told The Post. It’s good news for prosecutors in criminal cases — and bad news for plaintiffs in civil lawsuits, they said.
  • The Zimmerman Verdict and Jury Nullification

    08/07/2013 1:37:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Jurist ^ | August 7, 2013 | Liz Clark Rinehart, UM Law School Class of 2015
    The response was predictable, even to those who had maintained hope for a different outcome. After the jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin, many cities erupted into protests of what was perceived as a fundamentally unfair and racially-biased verdict that was the result of a broken justice system. Among those protesting that Zimmerman should be punished, some admitted that the flaw was actually found within the Florida law which departs significantly from the common law by allowing individuals who initiate confrontations to use deadly force to defend themselves without a duty to escape. Florida's Stand Your...
  • Juries should be replaced by Watson the computer (She doesn't agree w/Zimmerman verdict)

    08/05/2013 8:02:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Diane Francis website ^ | August 5, 2013 | Diane Francis
    The acquittal of George Zimmerman, like the O.J. Simpson acquittal years ago, calls into question the validity of the jury system. Perhaps it’s time to replace it with panels of legal experts or with a smart computer like Watson, the world champion of chess and Jeopardy. The practice of asking peers, or jurors, to sit in judgment has been around since ancient Greece and Rome. This was to provide a check and balance against tyrants or government-sanctioned officials. It was devised to tap collective wisdom as opposed to allowing one individual to determine the fate of another. Unfortunately, juries fall...
  • Racism, the U. S. Justice System, and the Trayvon Martin Verdict

    07/17/2013 3:15:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    In These Times ^ | July 16, 2013 | Flint Taylor
    What happens when African Americans don’t get a jury of their peers? While the unquestionably unfair verdict in the Trayvon Martin case, rendered in Florida by five whites and one Latina, should be deeply troubling to persons of all races who care about racial justice, U. S. history, as well as the current racial reality in this country, teaches that it should not come as a surprise. The jury, simply put, decided that a white police wannabe could justifiably profile an unarmed African-American 17-year-old as a criminal, hunt him down, and fatally shoot him. Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump likened...
  • Why is the Kermit Gosnell Murder Trial Jury Taking So Long?

    05/03/2013 12:43:50 PM PDT · by Morgana · 30 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    To hear it from pro-life advocates watching the Kermit Gosnell murder trial, it should take the jury all of five minutes to return a guilty verdict on the first degree murder charges he faces for killing four babies. But the just has now spent four days deliberating and concluded today without a verdict in the case. It will resume on Monday. Why is the jury taking so long to adjudicate what seems like an open and shut case of infanticide? LifeNews talked to Samuel Casey, a pro-life attorney who is the General Counsel for the Law of Life Project of...
  • Black people blatantly excluded from Alabama juries, lawsuit claims

    10/21/2011 4:47:11 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 18 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 22, 2011 | Ed Pilkington
    Black people are being systematically and intentionally excluded from jury service in parts of Alabama almost 140 years after the practice was outlawed in the US, a lawsuit lodged with the federal courts alleges. The class action has been launched on behalf of thousands of black people in Alabama who were allegedly prevented from sitting as jurors in serious criminal cases, many of which carried the death penalty, in a blatant move by prosecutors to achieve all-white or largely white juries. The complaint claims that the practice has been going on for decades. It relates specifically to the actions of...
  • Bill would add one judge in K.C., cut six in St. Louis

    06/24/2008 9:08:48 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 3 replies · 166+ views
    Legislation moving toward House debate would slash six judges from the St. Louis Circuit Court, while adding new judges to courts in the St. Louis County, Kansas City and Springfield areas.Rep. Bryan Stevenson, R-Webb City and a lawyer, said state resources must be allocated efficiently, and some courts desperately need more judges. He pointed to a special legislative committee report along with a state report conducted by the National Center of State Courts that found St. Louis has more judges than it needs. Stevenson said the studies and other judges have indicated St. Louis has more than it needs and...
  • Black juror blamed for mistrial

    03/11/2008 7:58:00 AM PDT · by SmithL · 39 replies · 2,770+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 3/11/8 | Jamie Satterfield
    Panelists claim woman wouldn't consider evidence, accused them of racism - The sole black juror on a panel deadlocked along racial lines lied to win a seat on the jury and then set out to exact revenge on law enforcement by serving as the spoiler in the trial of an alleged drug chief serving as his own lawyer, some of her fellow jurors said Monday.Jurors in the trial of Johnnie "Bro" Martin walked out of U.S. District Court with nothing to show for nine days of work but a mistrial. "She made a mockery of the system," one juror said...
  • Its time to take a stand for liberty

    04/28/2007 10:13:31 AM PDT · by MARenzulli · 166+ views
    Fully Informed Jury Association ^ | 04/28/07 | Mike Renzulli
    Its time for Americans to take a stand against the attacks on our individual, natural rights. Jury nullification is the way to do it.
  • Pair get death penalty in Russian abductions

    02/14/2007 11:15:35 AM PST · by A. Pole · 7 replies · 526+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 02/13/2007
    A federal jury on Tuesday ordered that two men be put to death for abducting and killing five Russian immigrants, including four from the San Fernando Valley, before dumping them into a cold mountain reservoir. The jury deliberated less than two hours before deciding that Iouri Mikhel and Jurijus Kadamovas, both of the former Soviet Union, should die. It marked the first death sentence to be issued from a federal court in Los Angeles in more than 50 years. [...] "They got what they deserved," said Ruven Umansky, whose son Alexander, of Sherman Oaks, was among those killed. "It's a...
  • Judge orders Superior Court to survey jurors over fairness

    12/05/2006 5:07:55 AM PST · by radar101 · 9 replies · 578+ views
    San Diego Union ^ | 5 Dec 2006 | Greg Moran
    A judge has ordered San Diego Superior Court officials to conduct a monthlong survey of all jurors who show up at county courts to help determine whether the system is operating fairly. The decision by Judge David M. Gill on Friday was the latest – and potentially most significant – step in an evolving challenge to how the court summons county residents to serve on jury panels. It comes in the wake of several changes the court has made to the summons system since a defense lawyer first pursued the challenge, which has uncovered numerous problems with the system including...
  • Jury says trucker gets no payment [denied because SUV that hit him was driven by suicidal dad]

    08/16/2006 3:40:41 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 95 replies · 2,122+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | August 16, 2006 | Rene Stutzman
    For trucker Edward Tippie, the crash on Interstate 4 was only the beginning of his nightmare. A sport utility vehicle, loaded with a suicidal father and his two young sons, pulled away from the shoulder into the path of his tractor-trailer. Tippie hit them broadside, killing one of the boys, age 8, and the father. It was the final act in a two-day horror story that captivated the region in September 2003. Bryan Randall, 37, a former college-basketball standout, plotted to kill his four children. It was part of an intricate plan to get revenge on his estranged wife, who...

    06/05/2006 12:40:11 PM PDT · by Paved Paradise · 2 replies · 138+ views
    If anyone knows of any links, I'd be mighty grateful.
  • Why Do We Only Use One Vote, and Throw Away Two?

    03/19/2006 9:50:18 AM PST · by eeevil conservative · 31 replies · 461+ views
    3/19/06 | eeevil conservative
    It is Time to EDUCATE Ourselves About the Courts and Take Back ALL Three of Our VOTES! I know, some of us are saying to ourselves, "3 VOTES? Sounds like a Dem Party Scandal where Fairy Tale Characters and the Dead vote." NOPE! We have 3 VOTES, but the Power hungry Government Thugs and the Judiciary Oligarchy Drummers don't want you to know about it! This post is PACKED with INFO, so you may want to bookmark some of the links. The Citizens Rule Book: JURY HANDBOOKI came across this when I was all in a tither about the...

    12/12/2005 2:03:27 PM PST · by MrBallroom · 41 replies · 1,745+ views
    The American Partisan ^ | 12 December 2005 | Timothy Rollins
    THE CASE AGAINST STANLEY WILLIAMS by Timothy Rollins, Editor and Publisher December 12, 2005 Barring the unexpected wherein Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) (right) grants clemency to convicted capital murderer and Crips co-founder Stanley "Tookie" Williams, Stanley will get up close and personal with the death chamber just before midnight tonight as he is strapped to a gurney. At 12:01, the lethal cocktail of chemicals will flow into his veins and end - once and for all - the life of this barbarian, and like Timothy McVeigh and others of his ilk, he, too, can ride the Highway to Hell, where...
  • WSJ: 'Medical Courts' - Experienced judges would help juries understand technical issues.

    08/25/2005 5:55:32 AM PDT · by OESY · 2 replies · 476+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 25, 2005 | BETSY MCCAUGHEY
    The Texas jury that ruled the prescription drug Vioxx was responsible for the death of a 59-year-old jogger, Robert Ernst, may have been duped by a questionable scientific theory introduced by the plaintiff's attorney, Mark Lanier. The theoretical sequence of events concocted by him to link Vioxx to Ernst's death -- a blood clot leading to a heart attack and then to a fatal arrhythmia... -- was contrary to Ernst's autopsy.... The jury's verdict shows that our system is failing to provide justice reliably in medical cases. The remedy? Specialized state medical courts, where judges stop lawyers and hired-gun witnesses...
  • Jurors want CSI-quality forensic evidence Prosecutors forced to explain lack of DNA, fingerprints

    05/30/2005 11:26:48 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 76 replies · 1,902+ views
    SFGate ^ | 5/29/05 | Jamie Stockwell, Washington Post
    Washington -- A Prince George's County, Md., jury would not convict a man accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death because a half-eaten hamburger, recovered from the crime scene and assumed to have been his, was not tested for DNA. In Washington, a jury deadlocked recently in the trial of a woman accused of stabbing another woman because fingerprints on the weapon did not belong to the suspect. An Alexandria, Va., jury acquitted a man on drug-possession charges in part because a box containing 60 rocks of crack cocaine that he was accused of tossing from his car during a...