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Thursday, September 20, 2018

After 27 years in prison, a man who loves golf walked free today. Not only that, he was given back his innocence. Of course, the state can regift innocence about as capably as it can 27 years. Nevertheless, the Erie County District Court in Buffalo, N.Y., has vacated the murder conviction of Valentino Dixon, 48, who was serving a 39-years-to-life sentence -- the bulk of it in the infamous Attica Correctional Facility -- for the 1991 killing of Torriano Jackson. On that hot August night long ago, both were at a loud street party with underage drinking when a fistfight over a girl turned to gunfire.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Remember President Donald Trump's insistence that Mexico would pay for his border wall? Well, it seems it's the U.S. that'll be shelling out millions to its southern neighbor in exchange for helping Trump in his crusade against immigration. The Trump administration recently sent a notice to Congress saying it plans to divert $20 million allocated for foreign assistance to help Mexico deport up to 17,000 undocumented immigrants from the country, according to a New York Times report published late Wednesday. read more

Friday, August 31, 2018

A Texas hospital that charged a teacher $108,951 for care after a 2017 heart attack told the patient Thursday it would slash the bill to $332.29 -- but not before a story about the huge charge sparked a national conversation over what should be done to combat surprise medical bills that afflict a growing number of Americans. ... The drastic reduction in the bill "shows that these hospital numbers are just made up," says Bonnie Sheeren, who runs Houston Health Advocacy and assists consumers with their medical bills. "It should be a zero balance and the hospital should pay for therapy sessions to help this family recover from the billing ordeal."

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

A common refrain among pro-Trump conservative pundits as of late has been to compare Donald Trump and his inner circle to Al Capone, the notoriously violent mob boss "railroaded" by a tax-evasion conviction. The latest culprit of this bizzare comparison was Harvard Law professor and Trump defender Alan Dershowitz who, appearing Monday morning on Fox & Friends, said: "The biggest crime you can commit in America today is to have been associated with Donald Trump. If you're associated with Donald Trump, they're going to Manafort you, they're going to Cohen you. They're going to do all of these things to you." He continued, dropping in a mob comparison: "They usually do it with the mafia. It's the Al Capone approach. If we can't get him on the grounds that we'd really want him on, let's go after him on taxes, let's go after him on business."

Thursday, August 23, 2018

On Wednesday, Infowars reporter Millie Weaver posted a video of her interviewing CNN's Jim Acosta. Weaver tried to pin down Acosta as a hypocrite for advocating for the press yet not coming to the defense of Infowars after Alex Jones' materials were purged from various social media platforms. read more


I read about this. Frankly it's a travesty. To be clear I find molestation horrific. I know I have brought this up in the past but I served on a jury where a father was accused of molesting his daughter and I REALLY didn't want to.

I am glad I did though - the man was so clearly innocent the case should have never been brought. Unfortunately we ended with a hung jury 11-1 and were unable to fully clear his name. The one holdout was an older woman who's sole reason was she could not believe a girl would lie about that.

Given all the evidence the girl's story made no sense and something just didn't feel right beyond that to me and a couple other jurors. The when and where, the timing of when she made the allegations, etc. The girl's own mother was a defense witness (Divorced parents) but that may not be all that unusual - she didn't believe her daughter. One of other skeptics was a woman who worked for the local council that dealt with child abuse for several years previously. She brought into question not only the girl's testimony but the experts and police testimony. She flat out said she didn't know the new director but felt the director of the council lied during her testimony because her experiences while working there were 180 from what was said and the many cases she worked. She came out and said the woman had zero credibility in her opinion and I was already of the opinion that what the woman was saying was questionable.

After we were dismissed the prosecutor and defense lawyer asked to talk to the group everyone stayed except the woman who was the holdout. The prosecutor stormed out when he found out we were 11-1 against him. The defense lawyer stayed. He explained that at the time of the accusation she was suffering from un-diagnosed bipolar disorder and they were not allowed to bring it up in the defense and they were still working on her medications. The fact this could not be brought up is simply wrong. It is key to the girls credibility. Everyone talked about her pattern of lies for several years prior to this. This wasn't her only big "lie" but it was her biggest.

The prosecutor never retried him and he didn't drop the case either. He left the cloud over his head. I wish we could have provided a definitive not guilty.

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