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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
From the June 2014 issue
Number of countries thought to possess chemical weapons:
Placebos are more effective if the drugs for which they stand in are said to be more expensive.
In Torrance, California, an African grey parrot named Nigel, who once spoke English with a British accent and had returned home after a four-year absence, began asking for someone named “Larry” and speaking Spanish.
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