Posts by Andrew Branca  (Page 18)
 

FBI Announces Investigation of GOP Senate Candidate Days Before Election

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Posted by    Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 8:30pm 10/30/2014 at 8:30pm

Hot on the heels of the Department of Justice’s suddenly-renewed interest in George Zimmerman’s civil rights liability in the self-defense killing of Trayvon Martin (see: FBI Convenes Grand Jury For Zimmerman Civil Rights Case) just days before next week’s election comes another DOJ action timed perfectly for electoral manipulation.

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DOJ Convenes Grand Jury For Zimmerman Civil Rights Case

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Posted by    Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 5:15pm 10/30/2014 at 5:15pm

Note: Title has been updated.

The Orlando Sentinel newspaper today...

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“Anonymous” says there will be no #Ferguson indictment

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Posted by    Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 10:05am 10/28/2014 at 10:05am

A group purporting to be part of “Anonymous” claims that it has insider information from two independent sources with knowledge of relevant secret internal police communications that Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted in the killing of Michael Brown.

It further reports that this non-indictment is to be made public...

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Michael Brown Autopsy A Further Blow To #Ferguson Racial Narrative

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 1:45pm 10/22/2014 at 1:45pm

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has obtained and released the official autopsy report of Mike Brown, the black man shot and killed by Police Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO this past August.  (The autopsy report is embedded below.)

The item in the report that perhaps sheds the greatest light on the circumstances of...

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Marissa Alexander Fares Poorly In “Warning Shot” Hearing

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Posted by    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 1:30pm 10/21/2014 at 1:30pm

The Marissa Alexander defense team had a terrible, awful, very bad day yesterday in a pre-trial evidentiary hearing.  Much evidence that would have been favorable to their case was excluded by the trial judge, and the remaining evidence left undecided also seems unlikely to be admitted. The hearing was live-tweeted and...

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New #Ferguson: “forensic evidence … lent credence to Officer Wilson’s version of events”

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Posted by    Friday, October 17, 2014 at 10:45pm 10/17/2014 at 10:45pm

A breaking New York Times report sheds new light on Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson’s mortal encounter with local Michael Brown.

The police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., two months ago has told investigators that he was pinned in his vehicle and in fear for his life as he struggled...

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“Loud Music” Killer Sentenced to Life Without Parole

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Posted by    Friday, October 17, 2014 at 12:52pm 10/17/2014 at 12:52pm

In breaking news CNN reports that Michael Dunn, the Florida man who fired multiple rounds at four black teenagers in an SUV after an argument about their loud music, has been sentenced to life without parole.  One of those four teenagers, Jordan Davis, was mortally wounded.  Dunn had argued self-defense as...

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#Ferguson Witness: Mike Brown’s Hands Were Not Raised When Shot

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Posted by    Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 11:00am 10/16/2014 at 11:00am

A black witness who claims to have seen the killing of Mike Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson “from start to finish” and who also purports to have just completed testifying in front of the Grand Jury, has subsequently been interviewed by the local St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper (on condition of anonymity).

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St. Louis Shooting Victim Vonderrit Myers Tests Positive for Gunshot Residue

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 11:00am 10/15/2014 at 11:00am

ABC news and many other sources are reporting that Vonderrit Myers — the St. Louis black man shot dead by a white police officer after he allegedly pointed a gun at them — tested positive for numerous tests of gunshot residue.  (PDF embedded below.)

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FBI Claim of Large Increase In Mass Shootings Disputed

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Posted by    Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 2:55pm 10/14/2014 at 2:55pm

Dr, John Lott, head of the Crime Prevention Research Center and long-time researcher and perhaps best known as the author of the seminal book,

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How Zimmerman Myth Became Academic Truth

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Posted by    Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 5:35pm 10/12/2014 at 5:35pm

Well, this is interesting.

I came across the University of Miami Law School Summer 2014 edition of their law review, and noted that it had a particular focus on Stand-Your-Ground.

Awesome! I dug right into the Foreword, “Stand Your Ground” in Context: Race, Gender, and Politics,” by University of Miami School of Law Professor Donna Coker.

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Three Weird Myths About Marissa Alexander That People Think Are True

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Posted by    Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 10:35am 10/11/2014 at 10:35am

Marissa Alexander was back in the news, as her lawyers try to preclude state prosecutors from getting truthful but damaging evidence against her before the jury (details on this below). With her trial now only about 6 weeks away, the misinformation machinery will be spinning up to top speed. As a...

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Jr. High Hate Crimes: Self-defense limitations still apply

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Posted by    Friday, October 10, 2014 at 1:15pm 10/10/2014 at 1:15pm

It all started when an 8th grader decided to wear his mother’s wig to school as a joke.

What could go wrong?

Apparently, a great deal. By the end of the day that awesome judgment call had cost the wig wearer an eye, within weeks leading to a juvenile hate crime conviction on...

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Ferguson redux? Police officer shoots, kills black man

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Posted by    Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 5:35pm 10/9/2014 at 5:35pm

[UPDATE: An image purporting to be a police report of this shooting event was linked in the comments. I have embedded that image below–thanks Ras.  I can not personally attest to its provenance, but it appears to be of a form I would expect of an actual police report for such...

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Debunking “Don’t talk to police”

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Posted by    Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 11:00am 10/5/2014 at 11:00am

Some of you may be familiar with a popular Youtube video entitled “Don’t talk to police.”  And by popular, I mean POPULAR; it’s had over 4 million views.

In that video a lawyer makes an energetic argument that you should never talk to the police under any circumstances, ever.

[UPDATE:  In my own...

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Ferguson resident: “There’s going to be hell to pay” if businesses don’t rebuild

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Posted by    Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 9:00am 10/5/2014 at 9:00am

Look up irony in the dictionary, and by all rights you should find a footnote pointing to this news story from CBS re: Ferguson MO: “Ferguson residents frustrated over lack of opportunity.”

The story notes that the previous night was sufficiently quiet–“just eight arrests”–and that the National Guard is pulling out (meaning,...

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Wait: Teachers Not Ready to be Armed, but They Can Dodge Bullets?

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Posted by    Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 6:40pm 10/4/2014 at 6:40pm

So, people send me stuff. Which I love. And sometimes what they send makes me want to both laugh, and cry.

Today I was sent a link to a video on the Bloomberg news site, about a company named Hardwire that has for years provided high-tech armoring materials to combat vehicles in...

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