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  •  And also, the judge can reverse the verdict (0+ / 0-)

    instantly in the courtroom.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White

    by zenbassoon on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 08:37:14 PM PDT

    •  But, he rarely, if ever, does n/t (4+ / 0-)

      We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.

      by DParker on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 09:00:52 PM PDT

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      •  About never that I have seen. Election issues. (3+ / 0-)
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        Republican Platform = Fear, Anger, and Hate. Oddly their God preached against those very traits.

        by TexDemAtty on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 10:43:14 PM PDT

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        •  I saw it once..sort of... (3+ / 0-)
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          Negligent homicide charge arising out of a traffic accident on high school graduation night.  Witnesses all over the block, forensics supported the defendant, but the small town cops wanted a conviction badly, fearing a lawsuit.

          The judge, who had a very strong law and order reputation, denied my motion to dismiss at the conclusion of proof, and sent the case to the jury.  The jury came back in 30 minutes with an acquittal.  

          The judge then asked me and the prosecutor to chambers, where he proceeded to sternly tell the prosecutor that the case never should have been brought in the first place and that the only reason he didn't grant my motion was that he didn't want the prosecution to have the opportunity to appeal his decision, unless absolutely necessary.  

          He made it clear that if the jury had convicted, he would have set it aside, which would have been a first in over twenty years on the bench.

          I am a warrior for peace. And not a gentle man... Steve Mason, 1940-2005

          by Wayward Wind on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 12:28:22 AM PDT

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