Rainy days seem to make me more snarky than usual … I wonder why that is? Well, it isn’t raining yet, but the clouds are moving in rapidly, so I might as well go ahead and get my suit of snark on.
A new trial? HELL NO!
Predictably, Derek Chauvin’s lawyer, Eric Nelson, has filed a motion asking for a new trial. Who could have seen that coming, eh? He cited a number of “reasons” for the request, including the judge’s decisions to not sequester the jury during the trial, to not change the location of the proceedings and to not grant a new trial because of publicity that he claims included the intimidation of the defense’s expert witnesses. He also claimed “that the jury committed misconduct, felt threatened or intimidated, felt race-based pressure during the proceedings, and/or failed to adhere to instructions during deliberations.” Interestingly, however, he provided little or no detail to support his complaints.
His single “example” that the jury had been tainted revolves around a single juror and Nelson’s supposed complaint stems from the fact that said juror had attended the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington, when the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Say WHAT??? So, now we are disqualified from serving on a jury if we have attended an event, one that was attended by tens of thousands of people including notable celebrities, civil rights leaders, and even members of Congress???
It is highly unlikely that Chauvin will be granted a new trial, and if he is, it is even less likely that the outcome would be any different than the first trial. The entire world has seen the indisputable evidence. It is merely a delaying tactic … Chauvin and Nelson are hoping that the memory of that video of him killing George Floyd will fade in peoples’ minds, but that is NOT going to happen. What will happen, if Chauvin is granted a new trial, is that tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars will be wasted. Precious time and court resources frittered away on an attempt to set a racist murderer free. Frankly, I have spent all I plan to spend to try this horrible excuse for a man. He has been proven guilty and will be sentenced on June 16th. Anything else is unacceptable, is a waste of time, money, and resources that could better be spent elsewhere.
Hand over da memo!
Earlier this week, a bit of positive news came when Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the United States District Court in Washington ordered the Department of Justice to release a March 2019 legal memo clearing former President Trump of potential obstruction of justice charges following the Mueller investigation, with the judge accusing former Attorney General William Barr and agency lawyers of deceiving the public.
Judge Jackson gave the DOJ two weeks to release the legal memo in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the liberal watchdog group Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington (CREW). The Justice Department under Barr had argued that the memo should be withheld because it falls under exceptions to the public records law for attorney-client privilege and deliberative government decision-making.
The reality I think we are all aware of is that there was nothing honest or open about William Barr’s assessment of the Mueller Report, and that there is something in that report that has been kept from both the public and from Congress that proves Donald Trump and/or those working on his behalf did, in fact, condone Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. Soon, perhaps, we will have the proof we need, as well as some hope that the former guy may finally pay a price for his traitorous dishonesty, for subverting the voice of We the People.
May 17th, one week from next Monday, is the deadline Judge Jackson gave the Justice Department … stay tuned!
And from the annals of ridiculous lawsuits …
Former presidential aide, Stephen Miller – the white supremacist with ties to Nazis – has filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration. Why, you ask? He claims the Biden administration’s funds reserved for “socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers” discriminate against white people. I don’t know whether to laugh or throw something!
The complaint comes from America First Legal (AFL), a group founded and subsidized by Miller, whose mission statement on their website is to …
“Fight Back Against Lawless Executive Actions and the Radical Left.”
In a statement announcing the lawsuit, Miller cited words from the late Martin Luther King, Jr., writing, “Americans ‘should not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.’” How DARE an avowed white supremacist quote the late, great, Dr. Martin Luther King! And frankly, if Mr. Miller and his band of merry racists were to be judged by the ‘content of their character’, they would likely be found to have not a single redeeming quality in their ‘character’.
I hope this lawsuit is laughed out of the courts and that this organization soon disbands, for their only purpose is to destroy diversity and create an all-white fascist nation. Sigh. Oh, and the AFL group is also complaining about school children learning the true history — the good, the bad, and the ugly — of this nation. What a group, eh?