Wednesday, April 8, 2015

For Openers....

"The guys who run the Red Sox are pushing a new world order, and.... 

Literally tossing the term and the concept in your face.

Regarding a controversial out-of-bounds call in the final minutes, the NCAA’s supervisor of officials admitted Tuesday that while TV viewers across the country saw a replay that seemed to show the ball go off Duke forward Justise Winslow’s fingertips, the referees never saw that angle, and Duke kept possession. “All four of our officials were involved in the review,” NCAA supervisor of officials John Adams said on SiriusXM College Sports. “We never saw on our monitor what everybody saw at home, if you can believe that.” 

Well, there was once a day where I did believe what authority and the paper told me -- but that was long, long ago. Nothing in the interim would convince me they are being forthright now, in fact, everything points to the opposite whatever AmeriKan in$titution is under discussion. That's why I'm posting and commenting upon those seemingly meaningless and innocuous stories.

"At Hernandez trial, conflicting accounts of fatal encounter; Prosecutor labels Hernandez as gunman; defense calls him bystander" by Maria Cramer and Travis Andersen, Globe Staff  April 07, 2015

FALL RIVER — Aaron Hernandez was a cocky NFL star who believed he could get away with murder and pulled the trigger on a man he thought disrespected him, a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday in a closing argument that capped nine weeks of testimony and more than 400 exhibits.

Pointing at Hernandez, Bristol Assistant District Attorney William McCauley told jurors the former tight end for the New England Patriots not only orchestrated the slaying of Odin L. Lloyd on June 17, 2013, but shot him with a Glock .45.

It was the first time the prosecution fingered Hernandez as the shooter. Two other men, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, have also been charged with Lloyd’s murder, but prosecutors said it was Hernandez who summoned them to Massachusetts and drove Lloyd to his death in an industrial yard in North Attleborough.

“Who was in control?” McCauley said. “He’s in control. . . . He believed he could kill Odin Lloyd and that no one would ever believe he was involved.”

The closing arguments threw into sharp relief the circumstantial nature of a case with no clear motive and no eyewitnesses to the killing of 27-year-old Lloyd, a semiprofessional football player and landscaper who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee.

I see reasonable doubt, I really do.

Defense lawyer James Sultan asked jurors to consider that Lloyd’s killing was a spontaneous act, committed by either Wallace or Ortiz, while Hernandez was merely a frightened witness who failed to call the police.

“Did he make all the right decisions? Did he make all the right choices?” Sultan said. “He was a 23-year-old kid, who witnessed something, a shocking killing, committed by somebody he knew. He really didn’t know what to do.”

The jury of seven women and five men began deliberating late Tuesday afternoon. Deliberations are expected to last several days with jurors poring through the testimony of 132 witnesses and more than 430 exhibits. A unanimous verdict of first-degree murder would send Hernandez, who once earned millions in endorsements as an NFL star, to prison for the rest of his life without the possibility of parole. A second-degree murder conviction would result in a life sentence with a chance at parole after 15 years.

McCauley described Hernandez as a secretive, thin-skinned man who became especially angry with Lloyd two days before the killing when the two men went out to a Boston nightclub. Witnesses testified that Hernandez glared at Lloyd, who had left him to talk to other people he knew at the club.

“I take you into a club and you’re not grateful enough to be hanging out with me?” McCauley said, pretending to voice Hernandez’s thoughts.

OMG, they have absolutely nothing. That's why discovery and filing took so long. They have nothing but innuendo.

But Sultan told jurors that Hernandez had no reason to risk a lucrative football career to kill someone simply because he failed to pay him deference.

Good point, and it was the same thing I thought just above. Seems like a poor reason to kill someone.

If there was evidence of any reason that Aaron had to murder Odin Lloyd, don’t you think you would have heard about it in nine weeks?” Sultan asked the jury. “You didn’t hear about it. You didn’t hear about it because it doesn’t exist.”

Hernandez, who wore a charcoal gray suit, watched the lawyers’ closings, his face expressionless, as his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, and his mother sat directly behind him. During breaks, he mouthed “I love you” to Jenkins and joked with his uncle. Jenkins had been called by the prosecution to testify.

Jurors, who are set to continue deliberating Wednesday, must find that prosecutors proved Hernandez pulled the trigger himself or wanted Lloyd dead and helped someone else kill him in order to find Hernandez guilty.

“You must find that [Hernandez] intentionally participated in some fashion and that he had or shared the intent” to kill, Judge E. Susan Garsh explained to jurors before they began deliberating. “It is not enough to show the defendant was simply present or that he knew about [the crime] in advance.”

Acquit. I doubt he will be, but if the Globe's accounting is true.... ?

During the trial, prosecutors did not present any evidence that showed Hernandez pulled the trigger. During his closing, McCauley gave a complex description of how Hernandez could have shot Lloyd — an assertion that was not mentioned during testimony. It is unclear what effect McCauley’s suggestion will have on deliberations because jurors cannot consider statements made during closings as evidence. 

He's reaching in desperation and being a real sneaky about it.

Throughout the trial, prosecutors relied heavily on surveillance footage retrieved from Hernandez’s North Attleborough mansion, texts between Hernandez and Lloyd, and evidence that put Hernandez at the crime scene on Corliss Landing, including a marijuana blunt with his DNA on it. During the trial, the defense aggressively cross-examined police and forensic analysts for the prosecution, trying to show that the case was handled sloppily and that prosecutors failed to test any evidence that could undermine their theory that Hernandez was responsible.

That's SOP.

During his closing, Sultan reminded jurors of gaffes made by detectives, who climbed into a dumpster to search for evidence instead of waiting for crime scene investigators.

“They would do whatever it took, whatever it took, to accomplish their goal” of prosecuting Hernandez, Sultan told the jury.

“That’s not science. It’s scary, and it’s not proof beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Sultan showed the jury surveillance footage of Hernandez as he returned to his home with Wallace and Ortiz minutes after Lloyd’s death. He pointed out that in his hand, Hernandez held an iPad, not a gun.

Hernandez is seen with the gun minutes later, when he comes out of the basement, where Wallace and Ortiz were hanging out. Sultan suggested that Hernandez had the gun because he was scared of Wallace and Ortiz, who often took PCP, a drug that a defense witness testified can cause sudden, violent outbursts.

“Did he arm himself to protect himself after he saw what happened at Corliss Landing?” Sultan asked the jury. “Did he take away the weapon so that no one else could get hurt?”

Either was possible, he suggested.

McCauley scoffed at that theory, pointing out that later on June 17, Hernandez lounged poolside with Ortiz and Wallace. He reminded jurors that surveillance footage showed Hernandez letting Ortiz and Wallace hold his infant daughter.

“If he thought for one minute that that child could have been in danger by handing her to these two crazies, you think he would have done that?” McCauley asked.

Now he is playing the children card. How pathetic.


Related: Krafty Call 

Don't need reasonable doubt, huh?

Paradis is waiting for you.

You wanna meet the jury?

"Jurors deliberate for seven hours in Tsarnaev trial" by Milton J. Valencia, Globe Staff  April 08, 2015

The jurors weighing the case against admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 12 people now the focus of the most highly watched trial in the city’s history, met in secret for just over seven hours on Tuesday in their first day of deliberations and left without a verdict.

The jurors submitted two questions at the end of the day Tuesday, but US District Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. did not publicly disclose what they were. He plans to go over the questions Wednesday morning when the jury is slated to return and continue deliberating.

Following closing arguments on Monday, O’Toole made an announcement that surely startled some of the 18 jurors who sat through 16 days of often graphic testimony: Only 12 of them will decide the case, so six were designated as alternates, who will not deliberate.

The 12 remaining include a legal secretary and a college student, a registered nurse, and an administrative assistant at a computer company. The alternates who will not deliberate are a bookstore clerk, air traffic controller, social worker, actuary, house painter, and salesman. 

Really looks like the Globe is trying real hard to convince us this jury is real, a little too hard even. 

The six alternates, who had sat through the entire trial so far, are still required to return to court in case they are needed as replacements, but are now separated from the jurors who are deliberating.

The alternates will also sit through the testimony and statements during the second phase of the trial in which the jurors will determine Tsarnaev’s punishment.

But for now, jurors must determine Tsarnaev’s guilt on 30 charges, 17 of which carry the possibility of the death penalty, for his role in setting off the bombs at the Boston Marathon finish line on April 15, 2013 that killed three people and injured more than 260, including 17 who lost limbs.

In spite of overwhelming media attention, each of the jurors told O’Toole before they were seated in early March that they could remain open-minded and weigh the evidence presented, and that they could hand out the death penalty if they find it is warranted.

“Somebody. . . has to be held accountable in some regard for what happened,” said Juror 83, who had taken a break in college classes and from his job at Best Buy to serve.

“I am definitely open to either,” he added. “I hope [the punishment] serves the purpose of justice.”

Reaching unanimous verdicts on the charges Tsarnaev faces might seem a quick task, considering he has already admitted through his lawyers that he took part in the bombings, the killing of an MIT police officer, and a gunfight with police in Watertown where an MBTA police officer was wounded and Tsarnaev’s older brother was killed.

But legal analysts say that they expect the jurors, culled from a pool of 1,373 people and vetted in a process that lasted two months, to give the case thorough attention.... 

In other words, they want to drag out the preordained conviction and validation of this massive cover story a while longer to make it look legitimate.


Also seeMarathon bombing survivor to address graduates

Time to close it down because I really have no time for controlled-opposition clowns.

"When four monkey deaths were reported at Harvard’s New England Primate Research Center between 2010 and 2012, the animal-care problems seemed to come out of the blue. It was an unprecedented period of primate-welfare episodes at a prestigious center known for its contributions to HIV research and neuroscience. Now, documents obtained by the Globe suggest there were far more suspicious primate deaths at the center, a place now slated for closure this May, than Harvard has previously revealed."

Not that I'm approving of the torture and murder of 14 monkeys; however, it's leading above the fold when the the AmeriKan military machine is murdering thousands of people across this planet. 

UPDATE: Guilty Verdict: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Convicted in Boston Marathon Bombing

It was a fait accompli, what with the narrative that was constantly promoted and one can only wonder what is next other than the opportunity to prove the compassion of AmeriKan JU$tu$ (their podcast is even calling it "episodes," a subtle hint that this is all staged and scripted theater.