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In today's criminal justice news, the Balch Springs PD officer who summarily executed unarmed 15yo black boy #JordanEdwards – and then lied about it to cover it up – has been convicted of murder

Edwards was killed as he and friends peacefully drove away from a lawful house party
Our original thread on the extrajudicial summary execution without due process of Jordan Edwards is here, including the nonsensical police statement released after the shooting

The thread on the indictment is here:
And the @fsckemall episode where we talk about Roy Oliver being exposed as a liar – and the police chief then *crying at a press conference* for letting himself be "misled" – is here:

Shoutout to @BootsMcGuinness for the FYI

Not gonna lie to you, I'm surprised

Not unusual in my experience. Officers know juries are predisposed to believe them no matter the evidence, especially when the dead person is black

I haven't followed the day-to-day trial close enough to know if there were any evidentiary issues raised that would succeed on appeal. I'd sooner expect a pardon from the Governor tbh

There are a few more, but not many. Nearly every officer convicted of something has taken a plea

Story should be here: dallasnews.com/news/dallas/20…

Press conference audio excerpts here: fsckemall.com/2017/05/tale-t… (start at timestamp 15:02)

Basically his story to the chief (car backing up at him in an "aggressive manner") didn't line up with the bullet trajectory for a shot to go through the window and hit a front passenger in the head
Except it was murder, now confirmed by a jury.

Bye now 👋

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Had Dr. Ford given the same testimony in the same manner in court, you'd have a conviction. Prosecutors absolutely care about numbers; this would be an easy win, even without Kavanaugh's testimony.

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Without diving into this particular case, this type of attorney letter is a stall tactic when you think you're going to lose on the merits
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T.'s Courtroom Chronicles, #90618

The Case Where Everyone Loses Edition
Some folks were wondering what I was talking about when I tweeted this out yesterday

It was referring to a case where I'd be meeting with a client today

This one:
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"Love of police brutality is strongly bipartisan. This is what happens when one party loves 'law & order' and the other one loves public sector unions."
Soooo you didn't read the linked story


Dems have always loved police brutality just as assuredly as Reps. Particularly white liberals who rely on police to keep the poors away.

And writing laws to cover up brutality? It's all aboard

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No. A person being pardoned can refuse it, rendering it ineffective. That was the precise issue in Burdick v US, where Burdick refused to accept the pardon so he couldn't be compelled to testify
There is no exception for pardoning his own crime, that's a myth. He can absolutely pardon co-conspirators

Impeach and remove faster. There's nothing saying they couldn't do all of that in the span of minutes; the procedural requirements for an impeachment trial are a political question courts can't adjudicate. See Nixon v US (*not* US v Nixon)

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Yes! The true conservative solution is to spend obscene sums of other people's money to arrest, prosecute, and incarcerate people who aren't a threat to the community
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The men didn't commit a crime, but went to jail anyway

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