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Alabama U.S. Attorney Alice Martin’s efforts in prosecuting Democrat Sue Schmitz, previously chronicled here and here, were set back today when the judge overseeing the test case declared a mistrial. The trial itself was covered by David Fiderer at the Huffington Post. Fiderer, an attorney, called the prosecution’s case “preposterously weak” and expressed amazement that the case was allowed to go to the jury. I agree. As in nearly all of these high-profile prosecutions around the country, the federal judge trying the case is a George W. Bush appointee.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
Acres of mirrors in Donald Trump’s Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City:
Rhesus macaques, who normally are not self-aware, will, following brain surgery, examine their genitals in a mirror. Similar evidence of self-awareness was previously limited to higher primates, dolphins, magpies, and an elephant named Happy.
In New Hampshire, Huckleberry Finn was arrested for sexual assault.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”