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  •  How do you FEEL about it, Laura? (2+ / 0-)
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    I'd value your opinion.

    "The opposite of war isn't peace, it's CREATION." _ Jonathan Larson, RENT

    by BeninSC on Sun Jan 17, 2010 at 09:19:27 PM PST

    •  I think we need to win this. (17+ / 0-)

      Not for Coakley, but for all the rest of us. And I don't think anyone knows who wins it, so I'm just...anxious and trying to focus it on working. Did five hours of data entry in Boston today, and I was supposed to be in Puerto Rico this weekend.

      •  Thanks for being there (9+ / 0-)

        and reporting back.  And giving up PR to enter call and walk sheets is truly heroic.

        I wasn't expecting to be spending my entire weekend online and on the phone for the campaign, but working definitely makes me feel less anxious.

        Thanks for the shout out, too.  I know we are getting folks here to make calls online and go to phonebanks and that feels great.

      •  Video: Brown smirks at "curling iron" remark; (1+ / 0-)
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        Give me a break, to hell with Firedoglake.

        by Setrak on Sun Jan 17, 2010 at 09:50:11 PM PST

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        •  He doesn't just smirk. (0+ / 0-)

          Doesn't he respond, "We can do this?"

        •  The curling iron reference is to a Coakley case (2+ / 0-)
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          One of the complaints about Coakley is a case in which a cop raped his infant niece with a curling iron. It is well known in MA, she let the cop off on his own recognizance and the baby was in the hospital with burns for months. I think the heckler was wrong, but it was not misogynist, rather a reference to that episode where Coakley was wrong to let the guy walk after what he did to that little girl. It is also one of the reasons that like blue mass group says, it sucks and you may have to hold your nose, but you still need to vote for her, however she is not a great candidate and does have baggage that makes it difficult.

          •  she did? (0+ / 0-)

            I know how the system works, so please explain the circumstances of that case.  Are you saying that the DA's office recommendation (which I would agree she was responsible for if she was DA at the time) for bail or for sentancing was "to let the cop off on his own recognizance"?

            Either way, the DA's office does not decide, the Judge does, both in terms of bail and sentancing, so if a Judge went along with such a recommendation, I have a feeling there is more to it.

            So here is an idea:  let's not further the Boston Herald spin on everything.

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            by Joes username on Mon Jan 18, 2010 at 02:40:46 AM PST

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            •  There was no danger of him not showing. (0+ / 0-)

              There was no argument made for cash bail b/c the defendant was not a flight risk.  He had strong ties to the community, held a job, etc.  Since the purpose of bail is to make sure the defendant shows up (which he did, at all court dates), there was no reason to ask for bail. Bail is never intended to be a punishment (and nor should it be), though there is often that perception, I think.

              As to why there was no dangerousness hearing, apparently the DA's office thought there was no reason to suspect another crime (and by all accounts, no other crime was committed, so they were right), so none was requested.  It took about two years from the date of filed charges to sentencing, and there was great outcry that he was free for that time, but that is an issue with the system, not the DA's office.  Criminal courts are backlogged and unless we want to get rid of innocent until proven guilty, that delay happens, even in heinous cases.

              A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future. ~ Leonard Bernstein

              by michstjame on Mon Jan 18, 2010 at 06:01:34 AM PST

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      •  Thank you! I'm not in MA right now (1+ / 0-)
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        and value your work and what you've given up.

        I will be back on Tuesday and will immediately go vote.

        Thank you

        Don't want to pay for the uninsured? You already are! All You MoFos are Going to Pay!

        by Clytemnestra on Sun Jan 17, 2010 at 10:01:19 PM PST

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