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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
Estimated total calories members of Congress burned giving Bush’s 2002 State of the Union standing ovations:
A fertility scientist named Panayiotis Zavos announced that he had created human-cow embryos that were theoretically viable, but denied that he planned to allow such a hybrid to be implanted in a woman’s womb. “We are not trying to create monsters,” he said.
A statistician determined that the five most common first names among New York City taxi drivers are Md, Mohammad, Mohammed, Muhammad, and Mohamed.
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