The judge’s conscience gnawed at him a little more every year after he retired from the bench. With every news article he read about a wrongful conviction, Frank J. Barbaro, the former Brooklyn judge and assemblyman, would return to a particular murder case in 1999, and question whether he had made the right decision to send a man to prison for 15 years to life.
Not long ago, Mr. Barbaro, 85, decided to contact the lawyer for the man, Frank Kagan. He got a transcript of the trial, during which Mr. Kagan had waived his right to a jury and put his fate in Judge Barbaro’s hands.
“As I read it, I couldn’t believe my eyes,” the former judge said in an interview. “It was so obvious I had made a mistake. I got sick. Physically sick.”
Mr. Barbaro’s change of heart led to a highly unusual spectacle this week in a Brooklyn courtroom: He took the witness stand in State Supreme Court to testify at a hearing that his own verdict should be set aside. His reason was even more unusual: As a die-hard liberal who had fought as a politician against racism in Brooklyn and weathered the race conflicts in Bensonhurst, he said he had been biased against Mr. Kagan because he was white and the shooting victim, Wavell Wint, was black.”
What happens when politicians with minimal relevant experience become judges….
“Senator Lamar Alexander’s former chief of staff made his first court appearance on Thursday on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography.”
This must be what they rely on as proof of a liberal bias in the Media, reporting on Republican criminal degenerates. Fact is that GOP has a disproportionate share of these hypocritical scumbags. That’s the problem, not a liberal (yet Republican-enabling) media.
“Wired reports that the chat logs between Bradley Manning and Julian Assange that were used as evidence in Manning’s trial have made it onto the web, at least briefly. One of those logs contained something very interesting on page 4, which was picked up on by the News of Iceland, which reports, ‘“Jesus Christ. I think that we have recordings of all phone calls to and from the Icelandic parliament during the past four months". This text can be found in documents that the US military published on its website and is said to be part of the conversations between Julian Assange and Bradley Manning. According to the documents, Assange claims to have phone call recordings from Althingi, the Icelandic parliament, but this is the first time that the existence of such data is mentioned publicly. … According to Icelandic laws, it is required to inform the person you are speaking with if the phone call is being recorded. Given that the parliament is not violating laws it is clear that Assange or his associates would have to have installed recording devices or wiretaps in the parliament.’ — What makes it even more interesting is that Wired also reports in this recent story: Someone’s Been Siphoning Data Through a Huge Security Hole in the Internet.”
Olympic gold medal leap here.
Oh, snap; a commenter beat me to it:
Hold on. They conclude that from Assange suddenly stating “Jesus Christ. I think that we have recordings of all phone calls to and from the Icelandic parliament during the past four months” ???????? How can anyone honestly conclude that? Assange seems to express surprise when he realizes what he has, surprise that he would not have if he had been wiretapping and recording. Assange was routinely getting leaked information. My conclusion would be that someone leaked this information to him, not that he had been wiretapping Iceland. And who do we know that has been spying on their friends and enemies alike, along with their own citizens? I’ll give you a clue, it is someone with a 3 letter name that a whistle blower might want to expose.
Assange had gun cam footage from US helicopters in Iraq. Clearly he’s been sneaking into military bases and installing cameras in the helicopters. They never showed that in the movie!
Go to the original link for an example of the crap that passes for modern professional journalism.
“Religious scholar Reza Aslan, who bested Fox News in July by refusing to stoop to its level of ignorance, on Wednesday night’s “Daily Show” confirmed Fox’s biggest fear: his book “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” could very well lead to the demise of Christianity.”
I’m a not-Christian, so I have no problem with this as long as we don’t become a theocracy.
“[T]he process should underscore why progressives should be cheering about the fact that the filibuster is probably on the road to oblivion….”
If it was such a benefit to a minority, we’d still have a democracy in fact.