Who is Althouse? * View only LAW posts * Contribute * Use my Amazon Portal
License to murder in LA, if you're a celebrity.Nice California. Really nice.
You know there is going to be a Got Away Murder Club in Los Angeles. Seriously, what are jurors thinking to themselves in deliberating this case. Oh let's see, a beautiful young woman you happen to meet comes into your house, sits in your chair, finds one of your guns, tells you that she's going to kill herself and then shoots herself in the mouth and blows the back of her head off. All the while, you are within close proximity to her, enough so that you get blood splatter on your jacket and your are positive for gun powder residue. Oh geez, you know what? I can't make up my mind. Go figure.
Seriously, can't they just lock this guy up for life on his appearance alone?
What do you expect with such an absurd California trial process?? Five months to try that case? Give me a break. In Virginia, that's a two-week case, tops. Anytime prosecutors spend more time than that, they are only going to start confusing jurors and putting them to sleep.
What's a mistrial? Isn't that properly called a bad court thingy?
talked and talked all day in a federal court,the jury's hung, the jury's hung[to the tune of "Da doo run run."]
Can we somehow get OJ and Phil Spector mad at each? Maybe save the state a buck or two...
The Los Angeles DA's office is notoriously incompetent.
"What crap..the word on the street is that he is quilty as hell. Keep your eye on the sparrow."(Robert Blake)
"That's guilty Rooster, you dummy"(Robert Blake)
"Nah man, the man likes to sew, don't be givin' me that jive."( Rooster)
Robert Blake.That's 3 in a row, folks.Welcome to LA == Murder Town
"This conversation is enough to put my wife to sleep"(Claus Von Bulow)
"This travesty of justice would never have occurred if my newspapers would have been allowed to investigate the matter fully."(William Randolph Hearst)
"I just hope that he doesn't keep it all bottled up inside."(Fatty Arbuckle)
“Something was very suspicious about this matter. I don’t think she really shot herself.”(George Reeves)
“You know, I just wish that the press didn’t keep hitting us over the head with this case, day after day. Hey what’s your name baby?”(Bob Crane)
"Everybody into the pool!"(William Shatner)
"I never met her, I swear."(Andy Dick)
"Wait a minute. How old was she."(Roman Polanski)
"Old enough."(Woody Allen)
"I only play a physiatrist on TV, but been there done that."(Peter Bogdanovich)
"Phil Spector is a genius."(Paul McCartney)
"He should'a just threw the bitch out the window."(Jim Brown)
"White people can't say that."(Isiah Thomas)
Wall of sound morphs into wall of dreck.
"Arrrrgh...ah..the meds just kicked in. Goodnight, Gracie."
On local radio out here, perpetual legal commentator Stan Goldman, a Loyola Law School professor, suggested the problem was the district attorney's office attitude toward the Spector defense team's contention that the victim might've committed suicide was overly casual. They treated it as if it was obviously b.s. that no one would believe. By dismissing the possibility without putting on evidence to counter it (which, Goldman admitted, would've been difficult), the government opened to door for reasonable doubt on that point, at least for the two jurors.
It's annoying to hear, now, from people who said Spector threatened them with a weapon. You'd think with so many celebrities in LA that it would be devalued a bit.
My personal contention in these cases is that jurors are being bought off in California. I have no proof.
As someone who lived and grew up elsewhere, but spent much time in LA on a regular basis, then actually lived in LA for several years, then moved away and lived in and experienced other places too, lemmee just say that I don't believe it's a celebrity thing per se as much as it is a well financed defense being able to make the right presentation to an LA jury. The fact is LA is indeed different from other places. There are two particular strains that run through the pathos and ethos --maybe even the personalities-- of many people there, more predominantly than amongst people in other places. First is a free-spiritedness, an acceptance of all things at face value and in a nonjudgmental way, and the taking of great personal pride in this "open-mindedness." Second is anti-authoritarianism, cynical suspicion of if not outright opposition to anything pushed by the authorities, especially law enforcement. Not to say that these things aren't present everywhere. They are. It's just that they're present over-the-top to the nth degree in the culture of LA. Under the first, everything is reasonable and possible. Every floated defense theory, no matter how outlandish or preposterous, is a reasonable doubt. There is no such thing as an unreasonable doubt. Under the second everything the prosecution puts into evidence is suspicious. So when a high-priced and effective defense lawyer puts on a case that plays to either or both of these sensitivities, acquittals or hung juries result where there'd be slam-dunk convictions elsewhere.
Post a Comment