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I suppose that it’s de rigueur for the political right to be angered over the message that the cast of Hamilton had for VP-Elect Pence on Friday night. Sorry… I’m not feeling it.

This is America. Politicians go out in public. The public, regardless of profession, get to say whatever they want to them. It’s called “Free Speech.” Are there potential consequences? Of course. I’m certain that there are people who will now not buy tickets to see Hamilton. Conversely there are also people who now will buy tickets to see the show.

groucho-marx-duck-soup-e1434598275998The statement made by the cast member was hardly the stuff of legend. It wasn’t really all that tough or biting. It wasn’t as rude as what Groucho Marx had to say to Calvin Coolidge. If I were to take the time and go through the history of Actors and performers saying rude things to politicians I wouldn’t get anything done for at least a week.

For whatever it matters, VP-Elect Pence didn’t seem bothered by it at all, and other than an obvious trolling om twitter (I told you he would be… interesting) by the President-Elect, the whole tempest seems to be over.

But in the future, if the Political Right doesn’t know by now that most actors are hard left progressives, unlikely to cheer them, then they are ToTaLly out of touch with reality. Read the rest of this entry

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A Slam Dunk Not Guilty

I’m headed to Tehachapi today, so just a short bit of notes, most of which were written last night, so I can beat my stupid self-imposed 0845 deadline.

The Headline that about a dozen people sent me last night read “All Seven Wildlife Refugee Occupiers, Including Ammon Bundy, Found Not Guilty.” I am on record as believing the Bundy’s are both nuts and wrong. So naturally the jury verdict is a repudiation of my opinion, right?

Yet another example of making value judgments from headlines.

In the first place, good for them. They used the system which had jurists that didn’t make every stupid excuse in the book to get out of Jury Duty and they used their authority as designed by the Framers to stop the government and nullify the charges against seven defendants.

7xirk6aeBut… keep three other facts in mind.

(1) Eleven other defendants plead guilty to the same charges. One had the charges dropped. Seven other defendants chose to be tried separately from Bundy. So “All” is kind of a stretch.

(2) A second trial of the remaining defendants will begin in February. I guarantee you that voir dire will go much, much, much differently in that trial.

(3) The Bundy’s still face yet another trial in Nevada for the nonsense there. Again, I guarantee you that trial process will be much more selective and different. 

Which brings me to my point about the 6th Amendment. Every time a person says I don’t want to be on a jury and pulls some excuse out of their butt, it takes a potential nullifier out of the pool. If you really want to get an inside view of how Jury Selection and excuses can effect the outcome of a trial, read Marcia Clarke’s Book, “Without a Doubt.” Remember how flummoxed you were that the OJ Jury couldn’t see what was obvious to you and me? THAT is why voir dire is so important, and it is why Ammon Bundy and his insane theology are free today.

Think about that the next time you get a jury summons. Read the rest of this entry

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