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"Two dozen victims crowded one side of the courtroom, with some of them staring daggers at the Chechen immigrant. Among them was Heather Abbott and Marc Fucarile, each of whom lost a leg in the attack." - Bev Ford, Corky Siemaszko, "'He believed he was a soldier in a holy war against Americans': prosecutor opens trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarvaev," in the New York Daily News, March 4, 2015. Here is the article.
It is shrewd and not unexpected to have the victims in the courtroom during opening arguments. No one can resist the heart-breaking pull force of that physical and emotional tragedy. Of course, that's within the visual field of the jurors.
The impact of the content of the prosecution's opening remarks can be just as devastating to how the world, including the jurors, perceive the defendant.
Assistant U.S. Attorney William Weinreb noted that Tsarnaev positioned himself behind a bunch of children near the finish line. Afterwards when he returned to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, he posted on Twitter:
"I'm a stress-free kind of guy."
Depicted is a creature devoid of human feelings. It would be all too easy to sentence him to death.
It is filled with the excitement of dealing with startups.
The potential for big money is huge.
And the players seem protective of one another. Even when employees are getting the boot, in a layoff or firing, the trauma is cushioned by generous payouts.
According to evidence and testimony, Ellen Pao had a charmed professional life at Kleiner Perkins. Her termination, which is part of the reason for the lawsuit, provided her with a soft landing.
In TechCrunch, Colleen Taylor reports that when given the boot, the firm informed her:
" ... she'd continue to receive a base salary of $33,333.33 per month for the next six months, receive up to $200,000 in additional payments if she did not find another job in the following months, and still be eligible for a bonus."
Therefore, we have to ask (and are jurors also asking) what really has been Pao's beef?
After all, she entered the sexual relationship with a fellow worker on her own. She contends she was pressured into it. But Trae Vassallo also felt pressure and didn't bite. And, wasn't it her own lack of judgment that she believed her lover would leave his wife? How many times have we heard that one before? Is this really a woman scorned?
She whines not getting promoted because she was female. But Vassallo, on her second try, did get promoted.
And there is the issue of being terminated. Obviously, Pao didn't have to have a tag sale afterward in her driveway.
Will the jurors, as they did in the O.J. criminal trial, show their very human side, and not give her the conviction and financial windfall she is after? And, will she go down in legal history as being an over-educated (Harvard Business, Law) cry baby? Will "doing a Pao" become the meme for a lawsuit without substance? Legal media will damn what seem to be meritless lawsuits as "doing a Pao?'
"City residents are now shelling out nearly 60 percent of their income to live here, according to a new study by the website StreetEasy. The median monthly city rent is set to hit $2,700 - or more than 58 percent of residents' median income." - Jennifer Gould Keil, New York Post, March 3, 2015. Here is the article.
But given the crushing work load for anyone associated with the legal sector, it's almost mandatory to bunk not far from your place of business.
However, the ugly underbelly of that is that you probably live paycheck to paycheck. That can make you New York-grumpy.
Consider getting jobs in fly-over country.
No, the defense did not get its request to move the court proceedings out of the city. The lawyers had argued that it was impossible to select an impartial jury. So many in the pool had knowledge of the event and there had been all that media coverage. But the appeals court essentially said that knowledge does not necessarily mean pre-judgment of guilt or innocence.
As Masha Geesen reports in The Washington Post, a jury has been selected. That consists of 10 women and eight men and includes six alternates.
The defendant's boyish looks and fragile body structure help support his lawyers' defense strategy that he was unduly influenced by his older brother. Since that brother is not around to undermine any of that, the jurors could see a man-child, not an murderous terrorist. That could not only save him from the death penalty. It could shorten his stay in prison.
He is not yet 25. That's when the human brain becomes fully functioning in its adult mode. His alleged actions during the Boston bombing took place when he was still considered, at least by science, as a youth.
According to his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena, Edward Snowden will return to the U.S. if he guaranteed a fair trial. Here you can read that coverage by USA Today reporter John Bacon.
After hearing this, we wonder if the documentary film "CitizenFour" was made to position and package Snowden as a good guy. That would pave the way for the court of public opinion to support the defendant in a trial.
As we know, the courts of public opinion and that of law tend to intersect. I was convinced that public policy issues helped to get the historic Rhode Island lead paint litigation tossed. Here is that verdict from the RI Supreme Court Download Statev.LeadIndustriesAssoc.,Inc.
Throughout "CitizenFour," Snowden comes across as a kind of mild Clark Kent sort of character. His concern about American values of freedom and privacy then transform him into a the kind of Superman who will take on the policies and procedures of U.S. government. Rather than being a egotistical rogue, he is portrayed as a kind of patriot. He did not seem to cultivate media or any other kind of attention.
If Snowden does return and there is a trial, that could be the legal event of the 21st century. Also, it could be part of Snowden's agenda to make public the security activities of the U.S. government. Every media outlet would be following what goes on in that courtroom. What better global forum for his message?
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"The Kleiner ... sexism trial has exposed disagreements between the firm's top partners, John Doerr and Ted Shlein, about what should be have been done about Ellen Pao ..." Cromwell Schubarth, "Kleiner sexism trial bares disagreements between firm's top 2 partners," Silicon Valley Business Journal, March 3, 2015. Here is the article.
According to testimony at "Pao v. Kleiner," there were 2 very different perceptions of Ellen Pao's skills and actual job performance. That could have been the source of problems in that setting.
John Doerr, who brought her into the firm, thought she was doing great and was annoyed when Ted Schlein et al. gave her a poor performance review in the digital group. They contended she was misplaced as a venture capitalist. Her ability was in overseeing operations.
That could have meant that Pao was not receiving one clear directive about doing course correction to succeed. There was not universal agreement that she should be modifying or overhauling X and Y mindsets and behaviors. And that could have gotten her career stuck at Kleiner. Not retaliation after ending an affair. Not gender.
Another female, Trae Vasssallo, did thrive there, including being promoted on her second try. Pao was not promoted. Instead she was eventually terminated.
The one thing that came out in testimony, though, was that the married lover she dropped at the firm, Ajit Nazre, did participate in that negative performance review. That probably shouldn't have been allowed.
Reflection: Could the "crime" in this case be negligence in supervision?
Her clickbait was discussions of her son, Garnett, and his myriad illnesses. Many of them required that the supposed Good Mother rush him to the hospital.
Those illnesses were caused, concluded the jury in a trial in Westchester County, New York, by her poisoning him with sodium. They convicted her yesterday of second-dgree murder. Sentencing will be April.
The puzzle then was why she murdered him. That meant she would lose her blog audience. They would rush in and offer sympathy upon the death. But then they would likely drift away. After all, the story was over. A shrewder strategy would have been to maintain the "salting" at carefully measured non-fatal doses.
In closing arguments at that trial, reports the AP, Assistant District Attorney Patricia Murphy speculated that Spears feared Garnett would tell someone what was going on. He was five years. So, he could have confided to a hospital caretaker or a neighbor that Mommy was making him sick.
Inmates who kill children don't fare well in prison. Spears should be very fearful about how she will manage to keep herself alive.
"Robert Kennedy Jr.'s underage younger daughter Kyra Kennedy made a scene when she was refused entry at an upstate New York nightclub, screaming at security, 'I am a Kennedy, Google Me!'" - Emily Smith, New York Post, March 2, 2015. Here is the article.
We all enjoyed reading about First Daughters The Bushes when they got caught doing whatever clubbing. We miss them since they have moved out of the White House and into their own adulthood.
Now, we're back to the Kennedy dynasty. My, how time flies. Kyra Kennedy is already 19 years old. And, from the looks of things, also will provide us endless delight with her antics. The creative who are also young can knock out a the Kyra Kennedy comic book. It will capture and illustrate what she blurts out, where and how.