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No, Prosecution did not Mislead #Ferguson Grand Jury into Erroneous Decision

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 28, 2014 at 7:00pm

Lawrence O’Donnell ignores that Darren Wilson’s strong claim of lawful self-defense was more than sufficient to prevent indictment

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There have been many false factual narratives of the Michael Brown killing, such as “hands up, don’t shoot.”

Now there’s a new false legal narrative spreading, that a prosecutorial mistake misled the Grand Jury into erroneously failing to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson.

The source of the claim appears to be MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell.

O’Donnell, who was magnificently misleading in the Trayvon Martin case, expounds on this claim in the Ferguson case with absolute moral and intellectual certainty, as he always does.

The heart of O’Donnell’s claim is that a legal error in presenting the law on use of force in making an arrest early in the Grand Jury proceedings somehow led the Grand Jury astray.  O’Donnell maintains that this error could have led the Grand Jury to think it was okay to shoot Michael Brown in the back as he was running away, even though the corrected law was given to the Grand Jury prior to deliberations.

There are at least two major flaws in O’Donnell’s argument.

First, and most important, even if O’Donnell is correct that prosecutors misstated one justification for Wilson’s use of deadly force (arrest powers), these same prosecutors correctly stated an alternative and independent justification for that same use of force (self-defense).

Thus, even if Wilson’s arrest powers were insufficient justification for his use of deadly force, his right of self-defense was more than sufficient justification for that use of deadly force. And even O’Donnell claims no error in that instruction to the Grand Jury.

Second, the justification that O’Donnell claims was read to the jury in error is entirely irrelevant, as it applies only if the suspect is shot while fleeing arrest.

Here, Michael Brown suffered not a single gunshot wound to the back, nor did Wilson ever claim to have shot Brown while he was fleeing in order to affect an arrest.  Instead, Wilson claims consistently that he shot Brown in self-defense, and numerous witnesses testified and the forensic evidence supports that Wilson fired only when Brown was actively advancing towards, and not while Brown was fleeing from, Wilson.

As a result the legal justification that O’Donnell claims to be in error, that of arrest powers, simply has no application to this case.

Now to the video:

O’Donnell’s diatribe is an almost perfect example of what is commonly referred to as a “straw man” argument.

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Watch the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 28, 2014 at 5:46pm

How will the franchise fair under new direction?

Star Wars The Force Awakens

If you’re a Star Wars fan, you’ll want to see this. Disney released an 88 second teaser trailer for their first  Star Wars film, The Force Awakens.

Disney purchased Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012 from George Lucas who was the sole owner.

According to USA Today, Lucas will remain a creative consultant.

“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” said Lucas, chairman and CEO of Lucasfilm, in a statement. “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers.”

J.J. Abrams is both a writer and director for the latest Star Wars installment with an assist from George Lucas and Lawrence Kasden on the screenplay. Kasden was a co-writer for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

Carie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill make appearances in The Force Awakens (although they’re not show in this trailer).

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White House – Illegal Immigrants Entitled to Social Security and Medicare

Posted by  ▪  November 28, 2014
Gird your loins, taxpayers.
 
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Conservative student reporter attacked at Ithaca #Ferguson protest

Posted by  ▪  November 28, 2014
Protester pushed her sign into Cornell Review reporter to try to get him to stop filming.
 
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Justice—for whom?

Posted by  ▪  November 28, 2014
Slogans are not what it's all about
 
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NY Times: Iranian nuke hardliners are just like our nuke hardliners

Posted by  ▪  November 28, 2014
The False Equivalence in The New York Times Coverage of P5+1 Nuclear Talks with Iran
 
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Sick: BDS groups spread photoshop of Concentration Camp inmates holding anti-Israel signs

Posted by  ▪  November 28, 2014
How do you reason with such disturbed people?
 
 
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#Ferguson Eye Witness Intimidation: Chilling Details

Posted by  ▪  November 28, 2014
"I Googled my name and I seen my picture, and it said like snitches get stitches. Been nervous and scared."
 
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AACONS interviews Thomas E. Woods and Jay Sekulow

Posted by  ▪  November 27, 2014
Thomas E. Woods and Jay Sekulow join AACONS to discuss the news of the day.
 
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And Now, The War on Toe-fur-key

Posted by  ▪  November 27, 2014
A war we cannot afford to lose.
 
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On Giving Thanks

Posted by  ▪  November 27, 2014
Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving
 
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Before there was #Ferguson, there was #Occupy

Posted by  ▪  November 27, 2014
A little too similar, maybe?
 
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My Thanksgiving thanks

Posted by  ▪  November 27, 2014
Looking on the bright side.
 
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Madagascar’s Bubonic Plague Outbreak: What it Means for America and the World

Posted by  ▪  November 27, 2014
ISIS is reported to be developing weaponized strain, too.
 
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Liberal Media Types Advocate Riots in #Ferguson

Posted by  ▪  November 27, 2014
Would they do the same if conservatives were burning cars?
 
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Deep-fried fireballs scourge of Thanksgivings everywhere

Posted by  ▪  November 27, 2014
Because it's not Thanksgiving until someone's eyebrows get singed off!