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.

Recent events.

Well I was going to title this thoughts on recent events, but I’m in the middle of a penalty phase. First of all, between impeachment, (yeah I did watch most of that,) the state of the union this week, (yeah I thought it was epic!) Oh yeah, and I’ve had quite a few headaches as well.
I haven’t been sick or anything, just had headaches. All this to say that these are reasons, ( and yeah excuses,) as to why I haven’t been blogging.
I’d like to blog more and tweet less. This won’t happen right away, I mean the tweeting less part. Julian Assange has hearings coming up this month. I’d at least like to start blogging again. After the first week of Assange’s hearing, which starts the 24th, I’d like to turn this into a microblog, where I write things that I’d write on Twitter. These things will still be of a personal nature, I’m not going to start talking about politics all of a sudden.
If I want to do that, I’ll get a new domain. I’ve thought about doing that at some point. Ya know, just my thoughts on what’s going on, from my libertarian perspective. I might also write about some of the trials I follow on Youtube. These are interesting, and fun to follow, well for me anyway.