Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The Justice System at Work (paca)

There are so many things wrong with this trial in so many ways. I have no idea where to begin.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060130/ap_on_re_us/dominatrix_trial

7 comments:

EGL said...

Actually, it sounds as if justice was done. His suffering a heart attack and dying was incidental to the actions that he chose to participate in. She had no motive or intent to kill him so it sounds like the acquital of manslaughter is justice. As for the dismemberment, that's a bit trickier. But without a body its tough to prove! And, because you cannot compel someone to testify against themself, there was probably no evidence the state could present to show it was done. It is, as it should be, the state's burden. This looks to be one of those rare times when the justice system actually worked!

pacatrue said...

LOL, egl. First, I didn't know you still stopped by here. I've got to get that Statcounter thing hooked up again. I was thinking outside the courtroom as well. The police supposedly have a confession, but don't tape it. They lose their notes as well. It's not clear if they have any evidence whatsoever, though maybe that is the fault of the article. Somehow they think he was there. Somehow they think he had a heart attack. Somehow they think he was chopped up into pieces by a boyfriend and tossed. Was there no blood? No records of his visit? No anything? Then we have the Prosecutor (why can't I spell that word?) in there wearing a leather face mask, seemingly for no reason other than to shock the jury into just not liking BDSM. It all seemed pretty crazy. Then we have the article pointing out that the victim was 275 pounds, which is obviously there only because being fat is supposed to be gross. If he had weighed 180, it wouldn't have been mentioned. Seems like a free for all. I guess my larger complaint is that a guy can be dismembered and thrown in a dumpster and the state can't even build a plausible case against someone?

EGL said...

You make it sound as if this is a sensational story from our news media that lacks facts. Why that very idea is PREPOSTEROUS! I can tell you from experience that rarely does the news report anything remotely related to the truth of a lawsuit. The headlines shout "Woman gets millions from McDonalds for spilling coffee" but you never see that the appellate courts reduced that to a couple hundred thousand. Nor do you see any of the true facts behind the case. Of course, I'm more prone to being a plaintiff's lawyer so she should have got the millions...no bias though!

And of course I stop by. It just took me a while to change the address from your old blog to the new one in my favorites.

kristybox said...

He he. I wish I had trials like that. The most fun I get is defendning cross-dressing teenagers. BDSM is not against the law in most places, BTW. And when someone dies, you have no obligation, in most states, to report. However, it seems they desecrated the body, which is a crime in most states.

Fascinating. Some professor will certainly use this scenario as a final exam.

katze said...

I am so glad that my 1L days are far behind me and I need not fear trying to dissect this on an exam...

Sexynerd9297 said...

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pacatrue said...

You are an awesome sis, paperclip. July is fine. Let me know the exact dates before you book anything, but I can't think of anything coming up around then just now.