posted on Aug, 17 2005 @ 01:43 AM
"Just curious, has anyone ever done a mock trial like this before?" == Hal
I have not. My experiance, other than some legal training and military responsibilities regarding
manual for courts martial, is totally state and Federal District Court Jury duties. I have been selected
as a Juror on six cases, three guilty verdicts, two acquital (innocient findings), and one mis-trial,
case and jury dismissed by the judge, since 2002. I do not trust my memory to that detail on
Hal, I emphasize your quote here, pretend it is in all CAPS.
"although some may take offensive that we are bashing someone who is recently deceased. "
I visit a number of discussion sites (legal) and have never seen anything like this. Doesnt mean
it isnt already out there somewhere on a campus legal area. But there may be some fallout , given the
number of folk who visit this place. That means we probably would need a reading from the site
admin/owners before proceeding. If we have a mock trial of Peter Jennings, and someone in the
press stumbles on it, what would be the result ? I would say that by doing a separate trial forum,
we are breaking NEW ground for PUBLIC forums, and if we are given the go-ahead to proceed,
that forum should START with a positive tribute to Peter Jennings and a disclaimer that we have no
animousity towards Peter, but take exception to what he has inferred about Ufology and choose this manner
to register our objection.
"I think we should agree on all this before starting and we will have to stick to it, so there is no changing the rules as we go. " == Hal
Sounds good so far, but you have just abdicated as Jury Foreman and assumed the role of Judge. Unless the DA has an objection
to the selected judge, I do not.
"Personally, I find Mr. Jennings GUILTY on all of these counts. " == District Attorney Gazrok.
Before we start, Your Honor, Point of Law. Please remind the DA that the US system of justice presumes innocience
until proven guilty, and the DA cant do that, only the Jury can. Further, I will defend Peter from any charge
the DA wishes, but again, his charges presume guilt. Where is the word "alleged" anywhere in his counts
against my client? And finally, I resent his play on the Kangaroo Court inferences so make him take down
that poster of "Skippy" on the prosecuters bench.
Gaz, more seriously, I have no objection to whatever the charges read, but IF the real press should ever drop
in on an online trial, I think the counts should be considered in light of how the press would read them. For example,
in this part of your charge one, "I charge Jennings with making an assumption that is contradictory to the evidence,
and then reporting the assumption as if it were fact."; dont you believe many in the press would feel like THEY
were also on trial ?
I need to ponder the inputs Centrist has made. Hal, he should be your Legal Advisor I think. Most of his inputs
can be worked out in here, but I am troubled by his number 3. Maybe that can be fairly delt with in the beginning
tribute to Peter.
Gaz, you are the resident ATS honcho for this area. So far, this is a normal forum with some odd ideas. Once
Judge Hal sets up the trial area, we just may be setting some kind of media precedant that could be good or bad.
I think a decision to go that way is well outside the perview of forum members. What you think ?
(Post Script.....if this be precedant setting, we might want to be extra careful with the "rules")