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    Maybe you should write to that editor and remind them that at the time of his original trial (for rape!) , which turned into the above mentioned crime spree, he was a computer engineer working for UPS, and according to his family earning a LOT of money; if he really was indigent, WHY? God, it's past my bedtime, don't get me started.
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    Quote Originally Posted by queenb;3145881;
    Maybe you should write to that editor and remind them that at the time of his original trial (for rape!) , which turned into the above mentioned crime spree, he was a computer engineer working for UPS, and according to his family earning a LOT of money; if he really was indigent, WHY? God, it's past my bedtime, don't get me started.
    Well if it's costing $5 million to defend him, I would guess he couldn't afford a regular defense attorney even on his previous salary and I'm guessing he hasn't worked in quite a while either.
    Not that I'm defending him, but lawyers are expensive, especially criminal defense ones.
    He could save everyone a lot of money by pleading guilty. It does seem like there is overwhelming evidence against him. But the problem is death penalty cases are notoriously expensive and the state wants to make sure that everything is done properly so as not to overturn the verdict.
    Still and all, it does bring up a lot of inconsistancies in how criminals are prosecuted and the level of money spent in their defense.
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    I've been a juror on a murder trial. Even though, there were many interesting aspects with the trial and it was filled with twists and turns, including a huge earthquake in the middle of the trial, it was so boring at times. It was hard not to fall asleep. For example, the trajectory of the bullet. There was maybe two days filled with expert witnesses on which direction the bullet traveled. A ninety year old grandmother that took the stand because she stored the weapon unknowingly. The smallest details are argued over and over. And, this trial was not about finding if the defendant was guilty, our job was to decide what degree of murder to charge him with! You spend all day with your fellow jurors, on breaks and at lunch and the only thing you have in common with them you're prohibited to discuss. When it's time to go to the jury room, you find out how everyone really feels. Opinions fly, and the people you thought you got to know, you don't know at all. The jury room was one of the worst experiences of my life. I would serve again, but they should give people who spent a month on a trial a free pass for jury duty for the rest of their lives.

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    trials, even murder trials are not nearly as fascinating in real life as movies and tv portray them. I can imagine how mind numbingly boring it must be. Like I said, I have a court reporter friend and while she's had some experiences and some funny stories, she says that even at times she has trouble staying focused and she's typing away trying to work and wants to fall asleep.
    She said the only time that abosutely boring, scientific testimony kept her awake was that the witness was a speed talker and he went on and on and on and on about this particular machine (It was a copyright or patent infrigement case) and the design specifications, etc. Finally the judge shut him up and said he was about to fall asleep from shear boredom and he couldn't understand the technical aspect of it and furthermore, the witness was talking so fast, he could see smoke coming from the court reporters fingers. She always refers to that case now as "the fast talking scientist".
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    Re: FORT Koffee Klatch

    When people think of trials, they think of Perry Mason.

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    One of funniest weeks of my life centers around a trial in which my company was the plaintiff against an ex-business partner (not to be confused with my ex-wife/business partner.) The opposing attorney was Barney Fife with a briefcase instead of a badge. I spent all of one afternoon and most of the next morning being cross-examined by him. My attorney told me before the trial, "I appreciate your sense of humor, but try to keep it out of the courtroom" , so I was playing it absolutely straight, but I was still getting laughs from the peanut gallery, and at one point, the Judge. I felt sorry for the defendant's attorney--he had spent most of his career in real estate law and almost never saw the inside of the courtroom.
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    Were you wearing the green speedos? I might have cracked a little smile then.

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    I'm probably the only one, but I didn't mind jury duty-- two free days off from work, and shorter hours than my day job, in gorgeous weather in April. And I got to read. It wasn't a bad deal.

    So I've been having this dispute with the billing department at my doctor's office since December. My primary care doctor is also my allergist, which hasn't normally been a problem, but the second and third rounds of my hepatitis shots keep coming up as a specialist visit, even though my first shot did not. So I've confirmed my copays ten times over, bickered with the billing department, and I finally just had a chat with my insurance company. Turns out she added a diagnosis that I didn't have (I didn't even end up seeing the doctor-- the nurse gave me my shot!!) to the forms to make it a specialist visit, which carries a $10 supplemental copay ($30 rather than $20).

    Fortunately I'm on good terms with the nurse there, so I'm going to talk to him tonight and ask if he can tell me what was on my records for those visits and then I'm calling billing. But I'm pretty annoyed that they manufactured this claim.

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    She said the only time that abosutely boring, scientific testimony kept her awake was that the witness was a speed talker and he went on and on and on and on about this particular machine (It was a copyright or patent infrigement case) and the design specifications, etc. Finally the judge shut him up and said he was about to fall asleep from shear boredom and he couldn't understand the technical aspect of it and furthermore, the witness was talking so fast, he could see smoke coming from the court reporters fingers. She always refers to that case now as "the fast talking scientist".
    haha I always thought that would be an interesting job, maybe not so much after all..

    I havent actually had to do jury duty, everytime it comes up I have a valid reason for not doing it and I get excused, and Im one that would love to give it a try..so hopefully when it comes again I can actually do it...its come twice and I havent been able to either time.

    we were at the hospital till 2am this morning because my sister was having contractions...she is due October 4th, so its way to early for that..though she can have labor pains until the due date and till the baby is born from what I understand..I dont have any kids and I dont know much about having babies lol so Im learning a lot. She turned out to be ok, probably dehydrated or something..the doctor sent her home.
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    I'll keep your sister in my prayers srs for a healthy baby in October!
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