posted on Aug, 18 2006 @ 02:06 PM
Even in England, which used to have a very good law regarding pre-trial publicity - none - is now rapidly deteriorating into a cheap knock-off of the
US of A.
John Mark Karr, a 41 years old father of 3, who had moved to Bangkok, and had just obtained a job teaching in an elementary school, has admitted to
facts not heretofore made public, says an unidentified American law enforcement officer.
Defense lawyers have long known of this old prosecutor’s trick calculated to inflame the public and to cut off at the knees any possibility of
finding a fair and impartial jury. The accused is being tried in public. With the blessings of the prosecutor.
So let’s go all the way. If I had the money (and expertise) I’d set up a website for Karr v. JohBent Ramsey. We’d post all the rumors, gossip,
guesstimates and so called experts, the talking heads. Anyone who has anything to say about anything would be welcome. After due course, we’d have a
vote and if he was found guilty, we’d have a lottery to see who gets to squirt the lethal injections. To recoup my costs, I'd charge $1 for a
guilty vote, and $5 for an innocent vote.
We would ignore 1,000 years of English common law and jurisprudence heritage. We’d ignore the right to counsel. We’d ignore the right of a
presumption of innocence which merely means the burden of proof is on the state or persecutor and is not a burden on the accused to prove his
We’d ignore the right to confront your accusers. We’d ignore the right to remain silent and not to take the stand in your own behalf. We’d
ignore the right to have a trial by your peers in an uncontaminated environment so as to assure a fair and impartial jury which would decide the case
on the evidence presented in court and not on hearsay outside the courtroom.
Gosh, can we do all that? Well, can or not, we are doing it. All day, every day. We now have tv specials on this case. It is beyond me how or why this
media frenzy is necessary when we claim it is justice we want and not plain ordinary revenge and vengeance.
We are a funny people. It is little wonder to me the Iraqis are not so enamored with our superior belief of what democracy amounts to. A side show!
[edit on 8/18/2006 by donwhite]