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Old 01-30-2013, 10:38 PM   #4221
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If the police officer has a good lawyer, it will be overturned. And no judge likes to have one of his trials overturned by a higher court. If he failed to give them instructions regarding outside sources, then he is at fault and a reason for overturning. He did not give clear and consice instructions. They should have been advised at the beginning of the trial about outside influnces such at newpapers, etc. It will look better on his files if he declares a mistrial than have a higher court do it. He will be called in front of his boss or your State Supreme Court and asked to explain what happened. That will look bad on his record and will hold him back from future promotions.
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:06 PM   #4222
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I don't think it's a ligitimate reason at all. People tend to get away with serious crimes with a slap on the wrist nowadays!

My uncle was beaten to death with a hammer in his bed a few years ago and his girlfriend was raped and left for dead. She spent over 6 months in ICU.
The 2 men responsible got less than 3 years jail time yet a lady in our town got sentenced to 12 years in prison for stealing a packet of bacon!!
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:32 PM   #4223
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is this kind of disparity in sentencing for the crimes of murder and rape, versus petty theft a common occurrence in sa, snip? how did that happen? are the laws harsher against women, or the poor?
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:47 PM   #4224
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is this kind of disparity in sentencing for the crimes of murder and rape, versus petty theft a common occurrence in sa, snip? how did that happen? are the laws harsher against women, or the poor?
It all depends on the judge and evidence gets " lost" often. Our whole justice system is corrupt!
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:31 AM   #4225
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I had an odd one this week. Many of you know I lost my father and godmother over the holidays. Well, Mom called last night and sounded bad (I'm in tune to her). Mom, what is wrong. Turns out my best friend in Florida died last night.

I just feel tired and worn out!
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:01 AM   #4226
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I had an odd one this week. Many of you know I lost my father and godmother over the holidays. Well, Mom called last night and sounded bad (I'm in tune to her). Mom, what is wrong. Turns out my best friend in Florida died last night.

I just feel tired and worn out!
Oh Claire! You are really being "tested" my heart goes out to you. I wish I had some words of comfort...just know that you are not alone. We are here for you. {{{{Claire}}}}
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:14 AM   #4227
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I had an odd one this week. Many of you know I lost my father and godmother over the holidays. Well, Mom called last night and sounded bad (I'm in tune to her). Mom, what is wrong. Turns out my best friend in Florida died last night.

I just feel tired and worn out!

So sorry, Claire! Thinking of you!
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:32 AM   #4228
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Sorry for your loss Claire. You've been through so much already, thinking of you!
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:16 AM   #4229
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V, please keep us informed. As a former legal secretary I am interested in the outcome.
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:37 AM   #4230
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will do, addie. i think a ruling on the question of a mistrial in this case will be made before the weekend.

a legal secretary, huh? i should have known, from your precise, factual answer to my initial question about this trial....
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