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  •  Thank God for the Innocence Project (12+ / 0-)

    and Judge Baird's ruling.  

    A prayer for Cameron Todd Willingham and all other not guilty of murder who have been executed and who still sit on death row in states throughout the nation.

    And a prayer for total abolition of the death penalty.  

    Teach us to listen to sounds larger than our own heartbeat; that endure longer than our own weeping in the dark. - Lillian Smith

    by RadioGirl on Thu Oct 14, 2010 at 01:38:01 PM PDT

    •  A petty complaint (2+ / 0-)
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      penguins4peace, neroden

      I followed the link and watched the proceedings for a bit just a few minutes ago (~4 pm CDT). I watched a lawyer review the exculpatory evidence with the recognizable Barry Scheck sitting by his side but I don't know the name of the barrister who is speaking. I can only hope that I never have to hear him do so again. He elocution is about as ineloquent as it comes. Specifically, his testimony is littered with "uh"s and "uhm"s that preface nearly every other phrase or sentence that he utters. It's almost certainly an unconscious act but boy-howdy do I find it annoying and distracting. I had to shut off the feed because I just couldn't take it any more.

      The evidence he presents is powerful and convincing, such a shame that the delivery is so very, very botched. In fairness, I'm a teacher and I've had the misfortune to listen to my own elocution from time to time and there are unconscious tics that I would dearly love to remove from memory and practice. Nonetheless, I'm pretty sure that I get paid alot less for a better delivery than this guy is serving up. I sincerely hope that this is my own problem and that the Judge/jury(?) isn't as petty as me. This case has the potential to overturn or otherwise derail the murderous execution of justice in the U.S.; sad to see the effort undermined by a poor performance by a lawyer.

      "It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important." Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Arabiflora on Thu Oct 14, 2010 at 02:24:58 PM PDT

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