His mother, Brenda Willson, says her son is innocent and does not smoke, drink or have tattoos. "He would never swat," she says.
He's a perfect angel - his mother says so.
Brigid, or in the local spelling "Mhroughairidd".
I'm sorry, there are vowels in that. It's obviously misspelled.
Because people who live in NYC think the world ends at the outer boroughs.
Having lived in NY state, according to NY city people, everything past Westchester is irrelevant. Even Albany (state capital for non US people) is a hick town that doesn't matter.
In their mindset, water magically appears from the tap & the 200 miles a aqueduct doesn't need maintenance, nor do the roads stretching 400 miles to the other side of the state.
Wait wait what? The FBI investigating threats against a "commoner" is now reason for concern? Gosh, I'm sorry you feel it's so alarming that the FBI has decided to take a phone call from one of the little people.
They threatened to shoot up a school if one of their targets was allowed to speak at a conference. That's most likely the only reason the FBI gives a shit.
3. Victims of #gg, if any can be found.
I would say that people who've received death threats, rape threats, had their blogs vandalized, etc would count as victims. Given that a crapton of those threats were on twitter & posted in comments on blogs as well as e-mailed, the FBI isn't going to have a hard time showing they didn't come from the 'drama queens' looking for attention.
Have there been death threats - yes
Have there been threats of rape - yes
Have there been threats to shoot up a school - yes
To suggest that their are no "victims of #GG" is utterly inconsistent with known, provable facts.
The DA goes in & says, this is the law, this is my evidence, does it meet the demands of the law. There is no defense attorney, there is no defense at all - just the DA questioning if he can get over the hurdle of sufficient evidence. That's why out of the 168K GJs over the last 5 years, there have only been 200 that returned no indictments. (~90 GJs were for police with ~85 cleared & 5 indicted)
Their immunity stems from the heft of their night-sticks, the nozzle of their pepper spray cans, and the barrel of their nines.
Their immunity stems from the lack of integrity on the part of the DA's office. If the DA's office held them accountable for the crimes they commit, their nightsticks, spray, & 9mm would be no more formidable than a common criminal's. The DA's won't prosecute & cops know it. Hence they have no incentive to follow the law.
A tough measure? Sure. By I don't expect it to work *because* it's tough. I expect it to work because any officer who erased someone else's personal data without a court order would lose his job and be ineligible to work as a cop anywhere else, ever again.
Won't work because the prosecutor won't enforce the law. Cleveland the cops clearly shot a person who was just turning around to see who was yelling. The DA started his "we didn't get an indictment" press conference with "It's important to remember there are no bad guys here". This is a DA that has previously spent hours ranting about tagging, prostitution, and homeless loitering.
I am leaning toward "bypass the grand jury for public servants" as a solution to ensure that not only is justice done
Won't help a tinkers damn if the prosecutor isn't going to actually prosecute. Do you think prosecutors fail to get a GJ indictment 98% of the time against cops because the system is rigged for cops or because they throw those cases? They can get a murder indictment on the sworn testimony of a meth head who admits to being higher than a kite at the time, but they can't with video evidence when it's a cop?
Look at the Brown case -
- the DA let the cop tell his story for 4 hours with no interruptions and made no attempt to challenge any of the discrepancies.
- The DA presented "the law" to the GJ before starting, telling them they had to view the evidence in relationship to it. At the end of presenting the prosecutions evidence, they 'corrected' themselves by essentially saying 'not really, but don't worry about it.' The law in question was thrown out 30 years earlier as promoting unconstitutionally excessive force.
- The DA is the president of a police organization that was helping fund Wilson's defense.
He threw the case deliberately because he couldn't be seen to do nothing and didn't want to take the case to trial. It's why he refused to step aside for a special prosecutor despite the state's AG recommendation - the special prosecutor would have done their job.
Oh, it will go back up. Probably once Russia has learned their lesson.
Actually it's the shale & oilsand reserves that are supposed to be pressured here. Both are much higher resource costs than traditional pump wells - they can turn a profit at $80/b and be subsidized @ $60 by traditional wells from the same company, but under $60/b things get very dicy.