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Khal Spencer

Ten hours for a felony murder trial for three people means, to me, that the jury never bought the defendant's case in the least. There was no evidence of crime in progress justifying chasing Mr. Arbery down. Just racist suspicions of a black man poking around a construction site and running through their (gasp!) neighborhood. Heck, I walk the dog and am curious enough to be poking my nose into homes being built or gutted and renovated as long as it is obvious they are empty of people and the walls open rather than having to open a door or something. Guess what the difference is? No, its not the dog...

I'd recon when Mr. Arbery saw pickup trucks of white men chasing him that put the fear of God in the man and of course he was not going to stop. And when accosted by a shotgun wielding man, he tried to disarm him fearing being shot.

Two high profile criminal cases this week the nation was watching. Based on my reading of the media, I think the courts got both right. Thankfully.

Emily Koyama


Mike Johnson

Yes, this case created a giant sucking sound, as the wind was taking out of so many left wing sails......but Joe did recover...some..."While the guilty verdicts reflect our justice system doing its job, that alone is not enough. Instead, we must recommit ourselves to building a future of unity and shared strength, where no one fears violence because of the color of their skin," Keep the faith.....

Janet Eduardo

Yeah, because the prosecution was afraid to even bring up the race issue (you know, the real reason they murdered him) because the jury was mostly white (one whole POC juror in a city that's 27% POC). Rest assured that teh Federal Government will bring it up in their February trials, where they can be convicted AGAIN and receive MORE life sentences. Hopefully the family will sue in civil court as well, leaving them nothing but their racism....and three squares in prison.

Mike Johnson

Mentioning any race motive in this state case would have been stupid. Being racist is not a state or federal crime, and proving the murder was due to race is difficult in a state case, and the evidence was clear they killed him with malice so what would be the point? They got several convictions that bring several life terms for each defendant. Yes, the feds can use the federal hate laws and get more convictions, but none of them will lead to more jail time. The wrongful death civil lawsuit would be more effective, but of course there are some looking only at making a point about race and not effectively changing anything from where it is.

Khal Spencer

I was never happy about hate crime laws. I think Gov. Ben Cayetano and I were the only two Democrats in Hawaii back in the '90's to doubt their virtue.

Hate crime charges either presume or put on trial the motive rather than punishing the crime of violence. Back half a century ago, we knew Blacks were being lynched by Whites and no one was coming forward to testify and all White juries acquitted. Back then, we simply needed people willing to convict criminals who are committing crimes based on racial animus.

Nowadays, as this crime and outcome demonstrates, even a nearly all white jury is willing to throw the book at their fellow whiteys. That is the point--you kill someone, you pay the piper. As far as I am concerned, if someone shoots and kills me because of my ethnicity or religion or sexual orientation vs. because of a botched robbery or because they dislike my politics, I am still dead. I want the scumbag in jail forever because I was shot, not because of the motive. I don't care about motive. The bullet is all the same.

Russell Scanlon

Sorry you didn’t have the chance to celebrate” liberals’ heads exploding”. I know it’s a favorite pastime of yours. Peace. It’s a good day to be nice.

Mike Johnson

I had two cases to celebrate that, that's good enough, and this Aubrey case is great too, for other reasons........https://www.wpbf.com/article/andrew-coffee-not-guilty-on-all-counts/38304640#

Khal Spencer

The Aubrey case is a typical example of why these no-knock drug raids, and the %$#@ War on Drugs in general, is a travesty of justice. Those cops should have been convicted.


Derek Gzaskow

And yet if he doesn't run and then try to disarm him he might be alive today..., just saying. I think a dog could have helped. fear is a funny thing.

David Ford

Well put Khal. From what I saw on the videos available to us Mr. Arbery was jogging more than he was "running", a term used by the defense to create a more explosive picture of the scene. As far as the "self-defense" strategy obviously the jury thought along the lines of many of us that it was "self-created".

I have walked through tons of houses under construction in my neighborhoods over the years as a curious neighbor and as a curious former tradesman. Not an uncommon thing for folks to do.

Mike Johnson

Excellent! Two verdicts in the past week that were just, followed the law and legal system (at least given the cursory knowledge I had of the facts of the cases), and shows the American justice system can work properly and is not racist, even in Georgia. But I am sure BLM and racial ambulance chasing Crump are disappointed, no reasons to riot, loot, burn, and raise more money off the backs of the victims.

Richard Reinders

Three, the Coffee judgement makes three, the system worked.

Mike Johnson

[thumbup]I forgot about that one, of course the press didn't cover it, for obvious reasons.

David Ford

I saw it on the news Dr. DINO. Please enlighten us as to the "obvious reasons"

Mike Johnson

Because a Black man was found not guilty by a white jury in a conservative southern state, which is all supposed to be racist. The MSM do not want that kind of narrative to get out, after all America is supposed to be systemically racist, remember?https://www.wpbf.com/article/andrew-coffee-not-guilty-on-all-counts/38304640#

Khal Spencer

Slam dunk.

Emily Koyama

As it should be.

Lee Allen


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