June, 2013  (Page 1)

Zimmerman Update — How Much Injury Is Required Before Self-Defense is Justified?

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 6:45pm 6/30/2013 at 6:45pm

Well, it’s Sunday evening, and that means it’s time to set the mood for . . . you guessed it, another week of Florida v. Zimmerman.

I thought I’d do that by sharing some thoughts on an aspect of the State’s (apparent) theory of the case this week that centered on an...

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Marco Rubio 2009: “You cannot grant amnesty”

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 5:23pm 6/30/2013 at 5:23pm

It’s fairly well known that prior to his role in the Gang of 8, Marco Rubio was opposed to an across the board amnesty, and was critical of the 1986 amnesty.

In this October 2009 interview, uncovered by Morgen Richmond (formerly of Verum Serum), Rubio takes a particularly hard line, insisting that “you...

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Meanwhile, Syrian army attacks Homs

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 3:08pm 6/30/2013 at 3:08pm

While everyone is focused on protests in Cairo, the war continues in Syria.

Via Al Jazeera, Syria army launches intense bombing of Homs:

Air strikes killed at least three civilians as Syrian government forces intensified their attacks and pressed forward with a new bid to retake several rebel-controlled districts of Homs.

A woman and...

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Polygamy – another love that now dares speak its name again

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 11:55am 6/30/2013 at 11:55am

Long ago, and far away, we predicted that once the legal standard for equal protection of the law as to marriage became  “love”  and consenting adults, without regard to gender, there would be no rational basis upon which to limit the number to two:

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Live Updates: Anti-Morsi Protests Across Egypt

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 5:00am 6/30/2013 at 5:00am

After days of demonstrations and mounting tension, protests continue across Egypt today  in what is expected to be a peak point in the movement against President Mohammed Morsi.

You can follow live coverage and updates below.

Video livestream:

Watch live streaming video from ontveglive at livestream.com

Russia Today also has a good live streaming video...

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Protests Across Egypt Sunday as Tension Grows

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 2:00am 6/30/2013 at 2:00am

Major demonstrations are taking place across Egypt Sunday on the first anniversary of President Mohammed Morsi taking office.  Morsi, backed by the Muslim Brotherhood, was elected after the January 2011 Arab Spring, which led to the ousting of former president Hosni Mubarak.

Observers have grown increasingly concerned, as there have been outbreaks...

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Saturday Night Card Game (Would Zimmerman case have been filed if “creepy ass cracker” comment known?)

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 7:34pm 6/29/2013 at 7:34pm

There was a concerted effort at the start of this case to frame the shooting as the result of racial profiling, and to use that narrative to pressure prosecutors to file the case after the police had refused to charge Zimmerman finding his claim of self-defense plausible.

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Ganging up for the Gang of 8

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 4:31pm 6/29/2013 at 4:31pm

There will be intense pressure on the House Republicans to approve not just an immigration reform bill, but one that includes citizenship for adults who broke the law to come here.

Amnesty is what this debate is all about.

Democrats want it in the worst way, and big business and labor are willing...

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 2:15pm 6/29/2013 at 2:15pm

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Zimmerman Trial – Open Comment Forum – Weekend Wrap-Up & Reader Poll

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 12:06pm 6/29/2013 at 12:06pm

Hey folks,

Our Friday end-of-day analysis post had accumulated in excess of 200 comments, and, perhaps coincidentally, we also began hearing increasing complaints of slow loading.  Whether the cause is the large number of comments or some other aspect of the page, Professor Jacobson and I thought it would be worthwhile to...

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Rebranding Hillary Clinton is hard work

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 10:30am 6/29/2013 at 10:30am

It’s worth “liking” the “Ready for Hillary” page on Facebook, the former First Lady’s foray into readying the country for her eventual campaign, not only to give your friends a fright, but also to witness just how different her marketing...

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SCOTUS and Debt Week at College Insurrection

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 8:55am 6/29/2013 at 8:55am

SCOTUS decisions had some college folks talking this week.

Not all of it so nice.

Other issues of the day are also...

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No longer of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, June 28, 2013 at 10:00pm 6/28/2013 at 10:00pm

My home State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations has provided much material for Legal Insurrection over the years, including the dispute as to the name itself.

Splitting the year between Ithaca and Rhode Island provided me with the distinction of having Patrick Kennedy and Maurice Hinchey as Congressmen for several years.

I’m...

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Zimmerman Trial Day 5 – Analysis & Video – State’s own witnesses undercut theory of guilt

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, June 28, 2013 at 8:41pm 6/28/2013 at 8:41pm

Today saw the State move through another seven of their witnesses, although as has seemed the pattern this first week of trial, the defense more so than the State appeared to benefit from their testimony.

Among these two were most notable–Jonathan Good, who was a resident of Twin Lakes who observed much...

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Has State Opened Door to Defense Introducing Martin Fight Video?

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, June 28, 2013 at 6:25pm 6/28/2013 at 6:25pm

Under direct testimony John Good testified that the black man wearing the black hoodie was straddling the man in the white or red sweatshirt “MMA-style” and rained down blows in a “Ground-and-Pound” style of attack.

 

It seems possible that this line of questioning may have openend the door to the defense being...

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Judge Rules Tweets May Be Used as Evidence in Bradley Manning Trial

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, June 28, 2013 at 5:06pm 6/28/2013 at 5:06pm

Military Judge Col. Denise Lind ruled Friday that two tweets posted by Wikileaks can be permitted as evidence in the case against Army Private First Class Bradley Manning.

From FOX News:

A military judge has ruled that prosecutors can introduce tweets suggesting an Army private took his cues from WikiLeaks in disclosing...

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House Panel Vote: IRS’ Lerner Waived Fifth Amendment Right

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, June 28, 2013 at 3:08pm 6/28/2013 at 3:08pm

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform approved a resolution Friday determining that IRS official Lois Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination when she made opening statements in a May hearing before refusing to answer further questions.

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