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Nov 19, 2013 I Hate Screen Names commented on SL Letters of the Day: More On Gym Oglers.
I don't get it. Do ooglers lack visual memory?

Here's a test for those at home: look at your computer (or at a picture, or out the window, etc.) and then close your eyes. Notice how you can still "see" the image in your mind's eye for several seconds? That's your short term visual memory. It's wonderful for enjoying eye-candy without staring like a perv. Just glance at the shiny, savor the image in your mind's eye until it decays, then glance again.
Sep 26, 2013 I Hate Screen Names commented on SL Letter of the Day: Not Gonna Happen.
I'm amused that a kinkster wants to program his GGG wife's sexual interests. If reprogramming were possible, why should she change instead of him?
Aug 27, 2013 I Hate Screen Names commented on Savage Love.
@1: If grabbing tits is three times more likely to result in getting laid than a stern talking-to, then I'm grabbing those tits. Hell, you could reverse those probabilities and I'd still probably grab them. Just sayin'.
Aug 27, 2013 I Hate Screen Names commented on High School Teacher Convicted of Raping 14 Year Old Who Later Killed Herself.
@45: Again, that's not clear from the article. But even under those facts, I can see a judge deciding that a guy who plead guilty pursuant to an extremely sweet deal shouldn't find himself in jail for 10 years as a result of that plea. Put another way, the "anchoring point" in sentencing was the original deal, not what Rambold stands accused of.

The statements about "old for 14" are troubling, though.
Aug 27, 2013 I Hate Screen Names commented on High School Teacher Convicted of Raping 14 Year Old Who Later Killed Herself.
@43: I assumed that was the opening salvo, when the prosecution asks for a severe sentence as leverage for the plea negotiations.

Reading through the article again, it's not clear to me whether there was a plea agreement or not. I don't see any mention of a trial, so it would bizarre if they were at the sentencing phase already without an agreement. I can't imagine any defendant pleading guilty without a deal, but then again the Fort Hood guy proved me wrong earlier this month. :)
Aug 27, 2013 I Hate Screen Names commented on High School Teacher Convicted of Raping 14 Year Old Who Later Killed Herself.
@40: (1) The guy plead pursuant to a plea deal. Can't use that guilty plea and try to get a larger sentence than what you offered. (Well, you could try, but that would basically end your legal career.)

(2): Confrontation Clause applies even in a murder trial! There are some exceptions (e.g., the famous "dying declaration"), but those don't apply here.

(3): The aphorism is pervasive throughout the justice system, not just the standard of proof.

BTW: Your inability to analyze the facts from a procedural standpoint suggests that you are not a lawyer. I suggest you do not argue law with someone who is.
Aug 27, 2013 I Hate Screen Names commented on High School Teacher Convicted of Raping 14 Year Old Who Later Killed Herself.
@38: The statements of people close to her regarding what they themselves observed would be admissible, but that would just establish effect without cause. The statements of people close to her regarding that she said about the rape would be pretty useful, but would also be classic hearsay and thus inadmissible.

As to Rambold pleading guilty: I doubt he did that out of the goodness of his heart. He almost certainly did so pursuant to a plea agreement, which got him the sweet "31 days in jail" deal.
Aug 27, 2013 I Hate Screen Names commented on High School Teacher Convicted of Raping 14 Year Old Who Later Killed Herself.
Just to point out: This is a consequence of our justice system, which is designed to heavily favor the defendant. The prosecution needs to prove Rambold's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Under the Confrontation Clause of the 6th Amendment, a defendant has a right to confront-- and more importantly, cross-examine-- any witness against him. Since the girl is dead and cannot be confronted, any statements from her are, in all likelihood, inadmissible. (AFAIK suicide three years later would not trigger one of the Confrontation Clause exemptions.) Which makes it very difficult for the prosecution to prove its case.

Yes Rambold is scum, and yes he deserves to go to jail for a long time. But as a society, we've decided that it's better that ten guilty men go free than that one innocent man go to jail. Rambold is one of those lucky ten.
Aug 22, 2013 I Hate Screen Names commented on Olympic Head: Russia's Anti-Gay Laws Aren't Discriminatory!.
Next they're going to claim that their anti gay-sex laws are not discriminatory, since straight guys who fuck a dude would also be arrested.
Jul 26, 2013 I Hate Screen Names commented on DUMP STOLI: Well, We've Got Their Attention.
@57: I suppose I'm not so cavalier about fucking over innocent bystanders to make a point. Like many liberals, I'm a member of a historically persecuted group, and thus expedient scapegoating does not sit well with me.

I confess this whole Stoli issue has been somewhat disillusioning. Ah, well.
 
 

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