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Dec 5, 2014 minderbender commented on The Rolling Stone Rape Story Correction Is About a Failure of Journalism, Not a Failure of Trust.
I agree with every word in this post. Rolling Stone has behaved execrably and has done a tremendous amount of damage.
Dec 4, 2014 minderbender commented on My Philosophy.
@8 I would also appreciate any evidence you have indicating that George Zimmerman has worked as a police officer. Most media reports indicate otherwise, but I'm always eager for examples of the media getting things wrong.
Dec 4, 2014 minderbender commented on My Philosophy.
@8 if you could direct me to the evidence indicating that Emmett Till was gunned down by police, I would be grateful. Most historians seem to accept that he was killed by Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam. But if you feel they were framed - if you feel the police were actually responsible - then by all means let's get your information out in the open so historians can consider it.
Dec 4, 2014 minderbender commented on My Philosophy.
Larry Mizell writes:

Wilson's testimony—did you read this crap?—is sickening, in both its intelligence-insulting ludicrousness (who has time to hand off a bunch of Swisher boxes in the middle of a fistfight?)...

What is interesting is that Mr. Mizell seemingly thinks that Dorian Johnson (Michael Brown's friend) is full of shit. Here's Johnson on Al Sharpton's MSNBC show:

Now at this moment, [Big Mike] hands me the cigarillos [stolen from a convenience store]. Like he tells me, hold these. . . . And I’m still standing in the door right when they’re doing all this tugging and pulling, not wrestling as they say.

I don't know why Mizell thinks that Johnson must be lying, but that is certainly an interesting perspective.
Dec 2, 2014 minderbender commented on A Prosecutor Has to Be Almost—or Actually—Trying to Not Get a Grand Jury Indictment.
It is interesting that 538's data basically exculpates the prosecutor, since if you compare apples to apples, the outcome was no different from the vast majority of similar cases.



Perhaps the bigger problem here is that prosecutors have to maintain a good working relationship with law enforcement or they will have a very hard time doing their jobs. Maybe it makes sense to put responsibility for prosecuting police misconduct in the hands of a separate office (for instance, an elected public advocate's office). That way there would be little or no reason to suspect that the prosecutor has a conflict of interest in cases like these.
Nov 24, 2014 minderbender commented on Ferguson: Why Announce the Grand Jury's Decision at 9 PM?.
@11 how is that not a factual determination?
Nov 24, 2014 minderbender commented on Ferguson: Why Announce the Grand Jury's Decision at 9 PM?.
@5 what do you mean? What do you think a grand jury does?
Nov 24, 2014 minderbender commented on Ferguson: Why Announce the Grand Jury's Decision at 9 PM?.
Minor quibble: the announcement is to be made at 8 p.m. local time. The media calls that "9 p.m." because it is 9 p.m. in New York.
Nov 14, 2014 minderbender commented on About That "Save Paseo" Kickstarter....
@4: Surely the point is not the absolute level of coverage but rather the priorities on display.