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Tuesday, January 18, 2005


A while ago (going on two years for those of you keeping score at home) I was on a jury. Internets, I can hear you scoffing, "Couldn't he get out of it? What is wrong with that Hank?" I felt the same way right up until the trial started. It was actually quite interesting to see how a trial works in real life as opposed to the way they go on TV. In case you're interested I voted to convict a young man of Vehicular Manslaughter With Gross Negligence. It turns out that racing someone at speeds up to 100 mph on a freeway amongst other traffic, losing control of your car, crashing and having your passenger die in the ensuing wreck is a crime.

The tie-in with current events comes from the instructions we were given by the judge just before we began our deliberations. We were told that if we thought a witness was lying about anything then we were free to disregard everything else they had said while on the witness stand. With regards to the events leading up to 9/11, we know that Dr. Rice is either a liar or stupid. If she's stupid, she really shouldn't be in high government office. If she's a liar, then we don't have to believe anything she said in her testimony today. In either case she shouldn't be Secretary of State.

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