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First Presidential Debate Topics Set for Tuesday
How To Resolve The Supreme Court Dilemma Open Thread
Russell Michaels
Perverse Incentives
Indiana To Fully Reopen, But Mask Requirement Remains
Indictment For Police Officer Involved in Breonna Taylor Shooting
Trump For Supreme Court Justice?
Thank You, Ruth; I Am, Because You Were
A Lament For Autumn, Now That Spring Is So Far Away
Sometimes, You Get Burned: A Personal Account of The Whitney Fire
Clare Briggs
In Second Place
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The comments...

AvatarGeorge Turner in reply to Chip Daniels
+ Heck, Obama gleefully tossed the law out the window whenever it suited him, such as he did with immigration, arguing that since Congress hadn't passed [. . .]
AvatarChip Daniels in reply to Saul Degraw
+ Yet another way to tell if you're living in an authoritarian regime, when the president announces he may or may not abide by the law, [. . .]
AvatarAlan Scott
+ My plan is simple, and doesn't require a constitutional amendment: *Size of court not fixed *A new justice appointed by the president every 2 years, immediately following [. . .]
AvatarSaul Degraw

More proof that Trump might not be able to help himself on Tuesday:

AvatarAlan Scott in reply to Pinky
+ You want Reagan and George HW Bush picking them. I don't think Alito is ever going to surprise anybody. But the real problem is that [. . .]
+ Perverse incentives can erode social norms pretty quickly. At the time, people said that welfare for unmarried mothers would go from being young widows (many [. . .]

We need to hammer out whether we, as a society, want less of a police presence or whether we want more of one.

+ If they can enforce wear your mask (including your damned nose), and wash/properly sanitize your hands regularly, the results might be surprisingly good. That [. . .]

At least in the places I've lived, grand jury members are sworn to secrecy for extended periods.

AvatarGeorge Turner in reply to greginak
+ Did anyone say they were out in the hall, watching the police, and there was no knock? Did anyone say they were listening with [. . .]
Avatargreginak in reply to George Turner

Spit you're only a witness if you saw something positively happen. If you didn't see something your observation is useless. Excelsior.

AvatarPhilip H

That's not gonna end well. But it will be educational for anyone who dares to pay attention.

AvatarGeorge Turner in reply to Jaybird
+ I don't think they can. Kentucky requires an indictment by a grand jury for crimes like the one's that were charged. In a [. . .]
AvatarGeorge Turner in reply to Philip H

I've never heard of a book by a grand juror. Do you mean books by jurors?

+ I know how it works in theory. I also know how it works in practice (in theory). Hence the "ham sandwich" observation and the additional observation [. . .]
AvatarGeorge Turner in reply to greginak
+ I didn't hear a knock either. Not witnessing something means someone isn't a witness. Breonna's boyfriend definitely heard it, which is why he [. . .]
+ After a few days of the city being on fire, Minneapolis authorities decided to change their minds about charging the cops who were present at [. . .]
Avatargreginak in reply to Jaybird

Per noted marxist liberal Radley Balko 1 person said they heard a knock but 11 other witnesses said they didn't hear a knock.

AvatarGeorge Turner in reply to Jaybird
+ The police officers executing the raid weren't the ones who obtained the warrant. That guy was Joshua Jaynes, who was reassigned later. The officer [. . .]
AvatarPhilip H in reply to George Turner
+ given the number of tell all books and interviews given by high profile grand jurors these days I suspect it will come out eventually. But that's [. . .]
AvatarEm Carpenter in reply to Jaybird
+ No, he was not the one who shot her. Breonna is not the victim of the wanton endangerment charge. So nobody is going to be [. . .]
AvatarChip Daniels in reply to InMD
+ Right, because another hallmark of an authoritarian regime is the Wilhoit Principle where they have laws that bind some without protecting, and protect some without [. . .]
AvatarGeorge Turner in reply to Philip H

How would anyone find out if they did? It's not like any prosecutor is going to disavow an indictment.

AvatarGeorge Turner in reply to Jaybird
+ Our grand juries might be a bit more independent than average, or maybe they're just more crotchety, or maybe the cases that stick out most [. . .]
+ Seems like they wasted some resources on getting the no-knock warrant and then announcing themselves and knocking first and then having a conversation through the [. . .]
+ Was the cop who shot through the apartment walls the one who shot Breonna Taylor? If not (or if we don't know), then we could well [. . .]
AvatarDensityDuck in reply to Jaybird
+ "Surely overreaching on the charges (and then failing to get Murder 1 or whatever) would be better for everybody in the long run" Eh. I [. . .]
+ It seems that the pro-Trump activists are getting what they wanted: Protesters surround a man trying to defend his business, and begin smashing the windows #Louisville [. . .]
AvatarPhilip H in reply to George Turner
+ The question put before the grand jury is really very simple. “Did this person commit a criminal act for which they should be [. . .]
AvatarGeorge Turner in reply to Chip Daniels
+ Read my above comments on the powers of a grand jury. One of the ways we are NOT an authoritarian regime is that all [. . .]
+ Oh, you're not familiar with the "ham sandwich" line? It's been around for a while. Maybe it's an "East of the Mississippi" thing. From what I [. . .]

Thank you for taking the time for such an annotated reading.

AvatarInMD in reply to Chip Daniels

I think it's unlikely they did anything unlawful, which is the problem.

If you'd like to read the agreement between the Police Union and Louisville/Jefferson County, you can do so here. (The agreement dates back to 2018.)

AvatarChip Daniels in reply to Jaybird

"I find myself idly wondering if they *WANT* riots."

I don't. Wonder "idly" that is.

Revealed: pro-Trump activists plotted violence ahead of Portland rallies

AvatarGeorge Turner in reply to Jaybird
+ Well here a prosecutor can't really indict anyone, except via "an information". The prosecutor can charge someone, or not charge someone, as can [. . .]
AvatarInMD in reply to Em Carpenter
+ That's because what happened to her is probably lawful, despicable and disgraceful as it is. Criminal charges would be just even if they may [. . .]
AvatarChip Daniels
+ One of the signs that you are living in an authoritarian regime, is when the regime flouts the law brazenly in full view, and [. . .]
Avatarsuperdestroyer in reply to Mike Schilling
+ Also, Taft became Chief justice of the Supreme Court after being president. It was always believed that Taft like being a justice better than [. . .]
+ I'm told that a prosecutor worth his salt could indict a ham sandwich. If true, this is evidence of the prosecutors dragging their feet but acknowledging [. . .]
AvatarGeorge Turner in reply to Em Carpenter
+ A nearby civilian witness in the apartments confirmed that the officers announced themselves, as did Breonna Taylor's boyfriend who reportedly stated (later) that he "didn't [. . .]
+ He said for about the first 5-10 minutes, when the fire came in both from the east and the south, he was a little worried. [. . .]