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  •  I don't understand (3+ / 0-)
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    aravir, Senor Unoball, sexgenderbody

    What exactly is the importance of the harness in the first place that it was seemingly a central part of the case?  I mean there doesn't seem to a suggestion that the kid was maliciously restrained.  It was essentially just a supped up seat belt.  Even with just a normal seat belt the child would have little ability to elude or defend himself.

    •  we wondered too (3+ / 0-)

      we came to the conclusion that the prosecution wanted to appeal to pathos and paint the child as trapped and unable to defend himself.  we think it was an appeal to pathos, which it most certainly did.  during deliberations, we all spoke of how we felt emotionally.

      but we kept coming back to the 12 pictures, 3 pieces of physical evidence and two testimonies.  the jury instructions are clear that those 17 items are what we are to consider in reaching a verdict.

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