Yesterday was verdict day.

Yep, yep it was. I thought it was going to end up in a mistrial at least 2-3 times before this. Somehow, we avoided all of that.
I also thought the jury would eventually deadlock, causing a mistrial. The jury was sequestered during deliberations, and sequestered juries usually like to leave at some point, so that really didn’t happen. I did however expect that if a verdict was going to be delivered, it was going to take a long time. This was a long-ish case. It wasn’t an extremely long one, there have been trials that have lasted for months, but the amount of evidence in the case was kind of a lot. Especially a lot of video evidence.
During deliberations, I have Twitter timelines open like LawCrimeNetwork, which will tweet and/or retweet someone if a verdict has come down. They have an account just for verdict announcements. I muted all other timelines in my client, and just kept that one on notification status, so if a tweet came from that one, it would make a sound. Low in behold, that was yesterday, around 12 something. When I heard that, I knew it was the one I was waiting for, and I wasn’t at my desk right away, I got here fairly quickly.

A sobering anniversary.

Yesterday was the 2 year anniversary of Julian Assange’s arrest. No, I can’t believe it’s been 2 years.
It’s also a major paradox that even though he won his extradition case on January 4th of this year, he’s still in prison. It’s one of those paradoxes that’s hard to retain in your mind for a long period of time. Not because I don’t understand it, but because it’s so ridiculous!
As for the appeal part of his case, hopefully it will be heard sometime either next month, or in June. It’s actually the prosecution appealing, not defense this time. If you ask me, it should be dropped immediately, hopefully the prosecution’s appeal will fail!!

Chauvin trial started today.

Honestly I have no idea how this one’s going to turn out as of yet. Only got through first 3 witnesses. Central time is strange. The first witness was a dispatcher, who saw what was happening through street cameras while she was dispatching calls. The other 2 were bystanders at the scene.
The trial is expected to take a month. Opening statements were insightful, as we learned exactly how long the incident was, 9 minutes and 29 seconds. No, I’m not sure as of yet, if that’s how long the restraint was used, but I believe that to be the case.

This one’s late.

Woopsy! I was going to write it yesterday, but then I woke up with an extremely bad headache. I’m currently following jury selection in the George Floyd case. It’s also distracting me.
Honestly, I have no idea which way it should go as of yet. I think that it will probably result in a hung jury and/or a mistrial. I don’t see anyone coming to an agreement over this case. It’s possible that it’s because I’m not there, since I’m the case unwinder extraordinaire. Just kidding, although I think I’d be good at serving on a jury, I really don’t like confrontation!!
I’m good at unwinding and/or connecting things though. In other words, I can take one witness’s testimony, and connect it to testimony from 2-3 other witnesses, and do a decent job of figuring out what it all means. Part of this is because of the fact that I have an extremely vivid imagination, and if someone is describing something, or I’m reading a document, I can pretty much imagine it. This all depends on the amount of detail, of course.
Anyway I came here to write about jury selection. Well the process is actually kind of boring. Every potential juror is asked the same exact set of questions. What’s interesting however, is which prospective jurors each side decides they will keep and/or strike.

Thoughts on the 35th challenger anniversary.

I didn’t learn about the space shuttle challenger explosion until 1999.I was 2 and a half when it took place. When I did innitially learn about it, I researched an entire book report on the subject. Of course I did a whole report on the book, but I did additional research as well.
I became interested in space flight the year before, when I watched the shuttle Discovery, carrying John Glenn, who was at the time 77 years old, into space.I believe on one of the evening talk shows, they had an interview with Christa McAuliffe’s mother, and that’s how I found out. The next day I asked a teacher what she knew about what happened. This was my sophomore English teacher. I got an answer that stays with me to this day. She became a teacher because of Christa McAuliffe.
Later in 1999, thanks to my itinerant vision teacher, I got to go to space camp. When I was in the simulated space station, the lady I remember her name was Patricia, who operated the station gave me some material. She told me to roll this rubber-like material into a ball. It was rubber, but it was also like clay, you could form it in your hand and do exactly that with it. Patricia, although I believe we called her Trish for short, and she was a girl friend of our team counselor, then told me this was the exact material that contributed to the Challenger disaster. Well first she asked if I remembered. I was thinking well yeah sort of, I only know now what happened after the fact. I said yes anyway, because by then, I did have a full working memory of what happened. When she told me that the exact material I was holding caused the challenger to explode, I remember thinking I should just get rid of it, but I didn’t and nicely gave it back to her anyway. No, I don’t remember what happened next, all I remember is that I just stood there for a second. It’s strange that after 22 years, I can still remember that.

He doesn’t charge for his services!

After yesterday, I owe God a huge debt!!! Fortunately, he doesn’t charge for his miraculous services, because I would never be able to repay!!!
I woke up yesterday thinking and believing that British magistrate judge Baraitser would rule against Julian Assange, and in favor of his extradition. I expected that, right up until she started accepting the defense’s arguments. She pretty much rejected every single one right up until the point she started accepting them. Of course, she didn’t accept them until the very end of the case, like the pull the parachute, it’s time to get out, the plane is crashing end!!
She rejected all the witnesses the defense presented about whether Assange was conducting journalism, and/or encouraging a source. She said she believed that he conspired with Chelsea Manning to help crack a password, hint” I don’t!! She said that publishing the unredacted diplomatic cables was wrong. It only happened after the Guardian published the entire password in a book. She said that the impact on his family would be “ordinary.”
Baraitser started to change course, when it came to the medical evidence. She accepted that Assange had an episodic depressive disorder. She accepted that he’s on the autism spectrum. She also accepted that he’s a suicide risk. This was the moment when I said well at least Baraitser listened to some of the defense’s case. She also accepted that the conditions here, and the measures he would be held under, known as special administrative measures, would likely make his condition worse, and he’d have a single focus on ways to commit suicide. Hyper-focus is a symptom of ASD.
In the end, Baraitser ruled that “I find it would be unjust to extradite MR. Assange.” I’m pretty sure my heart stopped beating for who knows how long? It was at least a few seconds. When I read it again just to make sure, I let out the loudest scream I thought I could possibly get away with at just shy of 3 A.M. OF course the crown prosecutors representing the US said they’re going to appeal. Tomorrow morning, Baraitser will hear a request for a bail application, from Assange’s defense.

Why I still blog.

I’ve been blogging for like 18 years now. Although I’ve had some intermittent breaks, I still continue to do it. In short I still blog, because I enjoy it. Yep, there are definitely other reasons.
I also blog, because I like to keep a record of what’s going on. Twitter is too ephemeral for that. When I downloaded my archive last time, I had to look at code to actually find tweets. I’m not a fan of Facebook. the only “social media” site I like, which I don’t consider social media, is Reddit. It’s more like a forum, with different message boards, than anything.
I had all my content going back to 2009, but when you get to importing it more than a few times, things happen. For instance the post dates might be off. This might be a day or 2 at first, but then as you keep doing this, it gets to be more. I decided when I got this domain last year, that I’d not import all the content. I think it’s important to start over once in a while.

It’s still not over yet.

Elections here in the US aren’t over, until the states certify all the results. There are many states that haven’t done that, and not only that, we haven’t hit the certification deadlines as of yet. On top of that, but in the presidential race, the electors have to vote. Yes, we still have the electoral college. This won’t happen until next month.
Even if the Libertarian candidate won, I wouldn’t want everyone in the media calling the election ahead of time. Our system gives us ways of declaring a winner that don’t depend on any sort of media. I think we should wait until all states certify all results, and the electors vote. In other words, we’ve done this before, about 20 years ago, and we have plenty of time left.

Before I fall asleep.

I thought I should post. I didn’t sleep that well last night. It was one of those things where I was tired before I hit the bed, and afterwards I wasn’t. The election results are still up in the air. We may not know for a while who wins.
I ended up getting a subscription for the election coverage. However, since I had to go to the community group meeting, I missed most of it. Good thing I only got a monthly subscription, and didn’t pay $69. It was $9.99.
I ordered myself some pizza before I left. Little Caesars is on Doordash now. They don’t deliver here, so I decided to get myself some. The pizza was pretty good. I ordered it around 4, because it said it was going to take 47-57 minutes, but it only took about a half hour to get here. We’ll see how things go tomorrow.

I almost forgot to post.

Yep, on day 2, hah!! Who knows how things are going to go from here? Tomorrow’s post will probably come later though because I have a community group meeting at 7:00.
Speaking of Tomorrow, it’s the day those of us who enjoy elections have been waiting for. For those who aren’t waiting for it, don’t worry it’s only one day, (hopefully it will only be a day or 2.) It’s kind of like Christmas, all that preparing for just a short time. The problem I have with Christmas is that it brings way, way too much drama in my family. Unlike the Christmas drama, and being lectured by my mom, I actually enjoy the electoral drama. It’s way more fun!!
Unfortunately I live in a vote by mail state. I’ve never stood in line at a polling place in my life. By the time I was able to vote in my first election vote by mail was already instituted.