Wednesday, December 9, 2015

West


I think what I want for Christmas is for Nancy Grace to go just one day without reminding us she has a law degree.

Ancestory.com wants to meet with me personally.  They have determined that I have no ancestors.

I'm still waiting for my years of experience as a punch card operator / teletype operator to come back into play. Caching.  Learning all the words to "Happy Days Are Here Again".

Trump.  If we are going to willy nilly suspend laws in this country, let's start with suspending Trump's right to run for office.

He's not even been elected as a nominee of his own party yet and he has managed to piss off 1/4 of the planet!  Let's just hire him to build the fence (he said he could have it done for free, so that shouldn't cost much) and let that be his service to this country.  You don't have to be President to build a fence.


Network news organizations want to interview the last  three remaining Americans who still believe some of what any  politicians says about anything.


Banned Exercise Regimen?  My gym told me this morning I could no longer do my dirty dancing set. I blame Trump.


I've grown used to people saying I look just like Cary Grant.  But lately people are saying I am a  doppelganger of Kanye West.  THAT I just don't agree with. I'm much taller.


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Baking one slice of pie is hard. This particular recipe called for 3/17th  of an egg.



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CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Prosecutor sought to force mistrial to avoid acquittal, judge alleges


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A Houston judge says a Harris County prosecutor tried to avoid what appeared to be an impending acquittal by making improper comments that forced a mistrial.
Judge Stacey Bond cited the prosecutor’s remarks in a decision tossing the criminal case against pediatrician Robert Yetman, who was accused of fondling a 7-year-old boy during hospital rounds, the Houston Chroniclereports. The doctor had been charged with indecency with a child; he has maintained he is innocent and was never alone with the boy.
Bond said prosecutor Tiffany Johnson implied during closing arguments in last month’s trial that Yetman, who is white, molested the boy because he is black. Bond told the jury to disregard the comment. Johnson gestured around the courtroom and responded, “You see what [the victim] is up against.”
According to Bond, Johnson’s tone of voice and statement implied that Bond and the courtroom audience were biased against the boy.
Bond also criticized prosecutor Angela Weltin for appearing to intentionally violate a pretrial order limiting certain questions during her questioning of Yetman.
A spokesman for the District Attorney’s office says its prosecutors acted ethically and it plans to appeal.

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Donald J. Trump speaking at a rally on Monday on the aircraft carrier Yorktown in South Carolina.
World Reaction to Donald Trump's Proposal Banning Muslims: Befuddlement

By DAN BILEFSKY

The Republican presidential candidate's comments drew condemnation from Europe and beyond, as well as questions about the direction of the United States.


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Wal-Mart-based law firm is in an expansion mode

Dec 8, 2015, 8:46 am CST


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Colorado College Suspends Students and Bars Entry For Two Years For An Anonymous Joke on Yik Yak

by jonathanturley
200px-Colorado_College_sealWe have another controversy over the regulation of speech on college campuses this week. Thaddeus Pryor has been suspended and banned from Colorado College for two years after he sent an anonymous reply on social media that was meant as a joke. Regardless of the fact that the joke was insulting and decidedly unfunny, it was an anonymous comment made by a student on the social media site Yik Yak without the use of university equipment or involvement. As such, it raises serious free speech implications in my view.




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Prosecutor sought to force mistrial to avoid acquittal, judge alleges

Dec 8, 2015, 5:45 am CST


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Lawsuit says aggravated municipal judge shouted at defendant who sought sign-language interpreter

Dec 7, 2015, 5:00 pm CST

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Federal judge robbed at gunpoint at home; 3 men arrested

Dec 7, 2015, 9:00 am CST

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Adopting this policy admittedly requires far less thinking.







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City Orders Removal of Ohio Man’s Zombie Nativity Scene

by jonathanturley
12341215_511490252345357_7300967077313244812_nTis the season for holiday display litigation. In Sycamore, Ohio, Jasen Dixon has been cited for putting up a Nativity scene in the front of his house. Dixon's vision however has a zombie baby zombie that many find offensive. The citation raises serious first amendment questions in the application of a code provision barring “accessory structures” in a front yard. That seems a vague concept and one that is prone to arbitrary or capricious applications. The question is whether other, more conventional holiday displays have been allowed.

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The Changing Face of Texas Public Schools, by Kiah Collier and Alexa Ura – The makeup of the Texas public school system has become less white and poorer in recent decades, according to the most recent data from the Texas Education Agency reflected in The Texas Tribune’s Texas Public Schools Explorer. 



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Posner advises disability office to clean up its act, says expert testimony was 'worthless'

Dec 9, 2015, 6:00 am CST


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CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Man is released from prison after 15 years when DNA testing points finger at his brother


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After serving more than 15 years in prison for the slaying of his teenage sister-in-law, a Kansas man was freed Tuesday because recent DNA testing pointed the finger at his brother.
A Jefferson County judge overturned convictions of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated indecent liberties against Floyd Bledsoe, 39, according to the Associated Press and the Topeka Capital-Journal.
It appears that no new conviction is likely in the 1999 shooting death of Zetta “Camille” Arfmann. Thomas Bledsoe, who had at first confessed in the case and then blamed his brother, testifying against him at trial, committed suicide once the DNA test results were made public. He left letters confessing to the crime.

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EVIDENCE

Woman is charged with fleeing accident scene after her own vehicle called 911


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Those tempted to drive away without reporting an accident might want to consider first what kind of technology is installed in their vehicle.
Authorities say a 57-year-old woman charged with fleeing the scene in at least one Port St. Lucie, Florida, crash was identified to police by her car’s on-board emergency assistance feature, according to the New York Daily NewsWPBF andWLS.
Her Ford’s 911 Assist feature automatically called 911 after the accident, gave Cathy Bernstein’s location and put her on the phone with a dispatcher.
Although she initially denied being in a crash, the dispatcher believed the machine.
“Your car wouldn’t call us if someone pulled out in front of you unless there had been an accident,” the operator said in a recording of the call.
Investigators sent to Bernstein’s home also found the wrecked front end of her Ford persuasive, and Bernstein eventually admitted she had been in an accident, police say.
Hat tip: Yahoo News.

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