A CRAZY VERDICT: back from vacation and fully rested, ace Herald scribe Susannah Nesmith reports on the RARE NGI (Not guilty insanity) verdict on a double murder case before Judge Adrien last week.
(The title of the post links to the article.)
Veteran Prosecutor David Waksman for the state and G.P. Della Fera for the defense. We take Ms. Nesmith to task for reporting that the verdict means that the defendant could be released from a mental hospital in a few years. Possible but extremely unlikely. And that type of reporting(and the "sour grape" like statements from Waksman that the defendant will be out in a few years and taking street drugs) leads to the Hollywood like hysteria that makes verdicts like this a near impossibility.
(For a good defense of Mr. Waksman, and a swift and strong rebuttal of Rumpole's cheap "sour grapes" shot, see Scott Saul's comment in the comment section of this post.)
As reported in the article, this type of verdict is extremely rare. The reason is that media hype has the general public believing that this type of outcome is the normal occurrence rather than the rare event that it is. That in turn makes people angry and distrustful of the criminal justice system, which then makes verdicts like this- even when supported by the evidence- very difficult to achieve.
MNF Pick below.- Update- the game went over (barely) and we won and we are now 1039 Shoes thrown at Bush up for the year.
With the pending appointment to the 4th DCA of one of the Judges on the short list for the Florida Supreme Court, the odds just got a little bit better for Dade Judges Emas and Freeman.
Query: Has the Governor boxed himself into the appointment of a minority or a woman with his recent fights with the 5th DCA? See, this is where the rubber meets the road if you're Judge Kevin Emas. Judge Emas is very qualified for the selection and yet how would he feel if another, perhaps less qualified Judge was selected based on factors other than the ability to be a great Supreme Court Judge? And this whole discussion even casts a dark light on those female or minority candidates. I'm sure Judge Freemen and her supporters believe that she is on the short list for no other reason than she may very well be the best choice for the spot. (And we have no information to aver otherwise). And yet, would she feel uncomfortable ala Justice Clarence Thomas if someone criticised her selection based on anything other than her ability?
Speaking of appointments, Caroline Kennedy of NYC has officially cast her hat into the ring for appointment to her late Uncle Bobby's senate seat currently about to be vacated by Hillary Clinton. The NY Times Article is here. New York has traditionally had some wonderful and intellectually strong senators (Al D'Amato notwithstanding). Just how would another Kennedy in the senate be viewed? And not to be morbid, but Caroline's uncle Ted is approaching the end of a historic tenure in the Senate.
And finally comes this article that the economy has hurt holiday tipping.
Anybody trying cases this week? How about next week or 12/29?
See You In Court not trying any more cases this year.
MNF: In a game that probably looked good over the summer, but is clearly a dog, the Browns go to Philly to play the streaking Eagles. The line is Philly -15 and over 39. The Eagles should win and should cover but what is easier here, covering the 15 or over 39? Probably the over 39, which we'll take for +50.