MARINES in kick-ass firefight with Taliban in Afganistan.
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Esquire Magazin has an excellent report on the police interrogation of George Zimmerman in the murder of 17-year old Trayvon Martin.
The interview and Zimmerman's quotes and cocky attitude should be enough to convict him of first degree murder and a life behind bars.
Read article here:
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 5:54 AM
Friday, June 28, 2013
The attorneys for Jodi Arias have asked the judge to remove the "exceptional cruelty" ruling by the jury thus taking the death penalty off the table when sentencing is reached.
A new jury is supposed to be seated by July 18 just to weigh the sentencing for the 32-year old convicted of murdering her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander.
Read more here:
Arias attorneys seek to vacate death eligibility
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 12:52 AM
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
There is an old saying in the military that goes like this: Military justice is to justice what military music is to music."
That was proven today in this case:
Army Chaplain Gets Six Months in Sex Case | Military.com
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 5:10 PM
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 5:16 AM
Monday, June 24, 2013
Republican Cong. Peter King blasted Rand Paul over the Ed Snowden leak of classified documents to foreign governments and the media.
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 1:03 AM
Does Jodi Arias know something we don't know, or was she just trying to show a stiff upper lip when she appeared in court at the post-conviction hearing and was smiling and laughing.
Watch here: http://youtu.be/P1ENVpeNz9Q
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 12:24 AM
The Jodi Arias case is up for Appellate review and here are some of the issues which could bring about a new trial and a new verdict in the case:
1 Intimidation of defense. Defense counsel, expert witnesses, and prospective character witnesses all received death threats, other threats, or actual injuries which affected their behavior. For example, domestic-violence expert Alyce LaViolette, during her testimony, was treated in hospital for anxiety. At the same time, there was a national campaign to ruin her reputation by posting bad reviews of her books and by pressing organizations to cancel speaking engagements. The judge took no effective action to protect the defense from any of these acts, which are state, and arguably federal, crimes.
2 Due process I: essential elements. Arias was charged with first-degree murder on two alternate theories: premeditation and felony murder. Yet the felony in question was never definitely specified, even in the state’s closing argument. At midtrial, and briefly in closing, the state said it was second-degree burglary with intent to assault. More often in closing, the state said it was second-degree burglary with intent to steal a gun. It should be viewed as a Sixth-Amendment violation for a defendant not to know the details of the charges against her – the essential elements of the crime — until rebuttal by evidence is no longer possible.
3 Due process II: guilt via state falsehood. In closing, the state invited the jury to convict Arias of felony murder based on this second-degree burglary of unlawfully remaining in Travis Alexander’s house with the intent to steal his gun. Yet the state, in attacking Arias’ self-defense story, had argued vigorously that Alexander owned no gun. Rather, a mainstay of its case for premeditation was to accuse Arias of stealing her grandfather’s gun a week before. Thus, the jury was invited to convict her of a crime by finding that one of the state’s own main assertions was false beyond reasonable doubt. That is likewise inconsistent with due process.
4 Irrational verdict I: felony murder. In the end, seven jurors voted for both premeditation and felony murder, though in the state’s case they were alternatives. Apart from that, there are two reasons why these votes should have been voided.
First, the state provided exactly zero evidence for felony murder beyond the killing itself and the gun theft, which were undisputed. In closing, the prosecutor falsely claimed that these two elements suffice for felony murder. Rather, what is also required, on the gun-theft theory, is that Arias, in remaining, had the “objective” (the jury instructions’ gloss on ‘intent’) of stealing Alexander’s gun, and killed him in furtherance of that goal. But there was no evidence for this, and no reasonable juror could believe it. Obviously, Arias took away the gun to hide her role in his death; she did not kill him to get a cheap gun, for which, defense and prosecution agreed, she had sources near home, not a thousand miles away. The judge should have simply dismissed the felony-murder charge, as the defense had asked before.
5 Irrational verdict II: premeditation. These seven jurors, at any rate, could not have rested their premeditation vote on a belief that Arias stole her grandfather’s gun. But the remaining evidence of premeditation is very weak. It consists of aspects of a trip that any traveler might do or suffer, amid multiple facts negating concealment. To dye your hair, to rent a car in a different town, to ask not to have a red one, to take gas cans into the desert, to turn off (or lose power to) your cellphone there, to find your license plate upside down – all these have obvious innocent explanations. On the other hand, as the defense noted, no one seeking to conceal her trip would borrow gas cans from a friend, visit other friends along the way, make multiple bank transactions, stop at a beauty salon, buy gas with a debit card when ample cash was at hand, or save her receipts.
On such facts, a competent, unbiased judge would void these seven jurors’ premeditation votes as unreasonable. With both votes of the seven nullified, the verdict falls.
6 State perjury. Taken together, medical examiner Kevin Horn’s autopsy report and his testimony assert an anatomical impossibility: that the bullet passed through Alexander’s right frontal lobe, yet his dura mater (the outermost membrane covering the brain) was intact. This is as impossible as a bullet’s piercing the heart without breaking the skin. At trial, Horn said his dura-mater statement was a “typo.” But he did not say what it could be a typo for. The error could not be just a missing ‘not’: autopsy reports describe injuries; they do not merely say organs are “not intact.” Moreover, the actual statement (p. 7) is: “The dura mater and falx cerebri are intact.” The falx cerebri is nowhere near the alleged bullet track.
Also, at a pretrial hearing and in depositions, Detective Esteban Flores testified that, based on what Horn had told him the day before the hearing, the gunshot came first, and it did not incapacitate Alexander or did so only briefly. This agrees with Arias’ self-defense story. At trial, however, Horn claimed that the gunshot wound came last and had to be incapacitating. He also claimed that he could not recall ever speaking to Flores about the case. So, before or during trial, the state switched not just the details of its charges, but even its key facts.
It is probable that one or both of these state witnesses committed perjury.
7 Other prosecution misconduct. Prosecutor Juan Martinez denied the existence of evidence, then introduced it against the defendant at trial. He also withheld other key evidence, like the camera, from the defense. At trial, he threw objects around the courtroom, including an exhibit (the camera). He continually bullied defense witnesses, including experts, argued with them, cut off their answers, and distorted their testimony. He even misdescribed his own witness’s testimony (the “bloody” handprint, which a state witness had said tested negative for blood). Defense objections to his outrageous courtroom conduct were consistently but wrongly overruled. In closing, he flagrantly misstated the law of felony murder (§4).
8 Nonsequestration of jury. An unprecedented media campaign of hatred against Arias preceded and accompanied the trial. One channel, HLN, devoted eight or more hours a day to mocking, vilifying, dehumanizing, and demonizing her. HLN’s torrent of abuse and prejudice has no counterpart but Oceania’s campaign against Emmanuel Goldstein, in 1984. Numerous hate sites also sprang up in social media.
Jurors had free access via internet to all of this prejudicial material – not just at home, but even in the courthouse itself. The judge’s actions to avoid jury taint were clearly ineffective, since a dismissed juror admitted talking with other people about the case, though he had never said so when questioned by the judge. A juror question also showed access to news coverage. Even County Attorney Bill Montgomery had warned against not sequestering the jury in a case of such national prominence.
9 Reasonable doubt on self-defense. LaViolette explained how the Alexander-Arias relationship resembled the abusive ones on which she is an expert, and she found Arias’ story entirely credible. The prosecution bore the burden (in Arizona) of disproving self-defense beyond reasonable doubt. On what basis can a juror conclude that an expert opinion is false beyond reasonable doubt? True, the jury had other evidence besides. But the state had earlier denied its own gunshot claims (§6), incapacitation was further rebutted by a defense brain expert, and the premeditation evidence was very weak (§5). None of this extra evidence shows that no reasonable person could hold LaViolette’s view of Arias’ mental state, as is required to vote for conviction.
10 Governor’s statement of guilt. To complete a perfect storm of injustice, Arizona governor Jan Brewer stated on television that Arias was guilty – during jury deliberations.
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 12:04 AM
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Jodi Arias can be seen in this ABC TV video in court Thursday and you can see her smiling at her parents and mouthing the words "I love you."
Watch video here: http://abcnews.go.com/US/jodi-arias-back-court-striped-prison-jumpsuit-shackles/story?id=19443669
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 2:27 AM
Apparently the producers of the Jodi Arias movie, "Dirty Little Secret" on Lifetime set to air Saturday night June 22, decided the true life story needed more sex and so they had Jodi meeting Alexander in the men's room of a Las Vegas hotel while he was using the urinal.
Watch movie clip and more on the show here:
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 2:03 AM
Friday, June 21, 2013
Jodi Arias appeared in court Thursday and this CBS video shows her in jail garb and shackles.
Arias looks amazingly good considering she has been behind bars for five years, and faces the possibility of being put to death or spending the rest of her life in jail.
The judge postponed hearing on the sentencing phase until July 18.
I admit I'm a sucker for a pretty girl, but I think Jodi Arias was screwed over by Travis Alexander and the prosecution never proved she pre-planned the murder, but the jury bought the prosecutions phony premeditation plan without a shred of evidence to back it up.
HLN and the news media were on a vendetta to see that Jodi Arias was found guilty and sentenced to death and nothing was going to stop them in their mission---not even the lack of facts.
Video of Jodi Arias in court Thursday.
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 2:40 AM
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Scenes from the Lifetime movie, "Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret" are shown in this video. The Liftieme movie air June 22. at 8 PM EST.
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 4:26 AM
Friday, June 14, 2013
The attorneys for Jodi Arias have asked for an extension on the penalty phase of the trial until 2014 because they are having difficulty lining up witnesses to testify on her behalf because the wintesses are receiving death threats.
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 1:51 AM
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
This song was written as a tribute to Jodi Arias who has been convicted of murder and will either die from lethal injection or will spend the rest of her life in prison for killing her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander.
Jodi Arias is just 32 years old and I have gotten to know her from her blog, Twitter "tweets" and My Space.
What a waste. Jodi made the mistake of thinking sex was love and all Travis Alexander was doing was using her.
1) Her tenderness. She has a huge heart.
2) Her intelligence. She is so smart and knowledgeable about so many different things.
3) Her voice. I love to listen to her talk because her voice is so soothing.
4) Her laugh. I hate listening to the sex tape, but the only thing I could possibly find positive about it is that I like her laugh.
5) Her smile. She hasn’t had a lot to smile about lately, but I love her smile-with or without showing teeth.
6) She doesn’t take any crap from HLN or others. I love a woman like that.
7) Her eyeglasses. The only thing negative about them I could ever say is that they cover her eyes. Which leads to #8.
8) Her eyes. I love Jodi’s eyes. Maybe I’m crazy, but I can see so much love and pain in those eyes of hers.
9) Her sense of humor. I got to see that on her blogs and even on some of her Twitter tweets.
10) She rose from humble beginnings to become a self-made woman.
11) Her bond with her sister. She’s very family-oriented and while her relationship with her Mom and Dad has been strained, I know that her and her sister love each other very much.
12) She is beautiful as a blonde or brunette. Jodi could shave her head and be beautiful to me.
13) She stood her ground against Don Juan Martinez.
14) Her paintings.
15) Her drawings.
17) How she wants to prepare herself for an interview. I know some people find it to be vain or “diva-like”, but I find it endearing for some reason. Personally, I already think she is beautiful anyway with or without makeup.
18) She likes Napoleon Hill and often quotes from his books. Yes, Travis did, too, but Travis obviously didn’t apply a lot of Dr. Hill’s lessons to his life.
19) She coined the phrase “Nancy Disgrace”. How can you not love her for that?
20) Her singing voice. She has a beautiful singing voice and sounds like an angel.
21) Her love of animals. Bonus points with me.
22) Her love of children. I think that Jodi would be a wonderful mother someday.
23) Her positive mental attitude. All women have PMS, but not all women have PMA. Jodi does.
24) She didn’t back down from the jury to the point of even displaying her “Survivor” t-shirt in court. Chutzpah? Yes. But when I saw that I couldn’t help but smile.
25) She didn’t take any crap from the TV reporters before the “hung jury” decision. Even the local news anchor she liked that turned on her, she didn’t back down from him either.
26) Her sincerity. I know that Jodi will do whatever she says she’s going to do for domestic abuse victims. I would just rather her be outside of a jail or prison cell doing that.
27) Her taste in movies.
28) Her taste in music.
29) Her interests as listed on her MySpace account. Any woman who lists “stargazing” as an interest you’ve got to love.
30) Her facial expressions in the trial. I really pay a lot of attention to people’s body language and I remember watching Jodi a lot during the trial when someone else was speaking and trying to figure out what she was thinking. I just really like how she focuses on someone and then another person.
31) Her romanticism. Some people talk about how sexual she is, but they fail to see that what Jodi wants more than anything is to love and to be loved. It’s not just a want, but a need for her. And, she has a very romantic soul.
32) Last but not least, her generosity. She is very charitable with her money and her artwork which she does not have to do. And she never forgets those who treat her with kindness. I want to send her one of my poems that I wrote so that she reads it and it lifts her spirits. I don’t expect a response back from her, but if I do get one, I’ll be very grateful. It’s more important for me that she feels happy knowing that someone out there cares about her and helped make her smile that day.
Play video here or click on arrow on picture of Jodi and her grandparents dog.
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 4:50 PM
The worst suicide bomber attack in two years has killed two dozen people outside the US embassy in Afghanistan.
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 2:00 AM
The situation in Iraq continues to deteriorate and now there are reports that Iraq and Syria militants have morphed into a single battle field.
Read more here:
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 1:52 AM
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Today Jodi Arias’ defense attorneys, Kirk Nurmi and Jennifer Willmott issued a joint statement in an exclusive to The Arizona Republic.
“If the diagnosis made by the State’s psychologist is correct, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is seeking to impose the death penalty upon a mentally ill woman who has no prior criminal history,” they wrote. “Despite Mr. Montgomery’s recent statements to the media, it is not incumbent upon Ms. Arias’ defense counsel to resolve this case. Instead, the choice to end this case sits squarely with Mr. Montgomery and his office.
“It is solely for them to determine if continuing to pursue a death sentence upon Ms. Arias, who is already facing a mandatory life sentence, is a good and proper use of taxpayer resources.”
The decision will indeed be up to Montgomery. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens has set a tentative court date of July 18 to seat a new jury just to consider the death penalty, but Willmott has already indicated that she has a scheduling conflict then.
Montgomery’s statement that he would consider “offers” from the defense indicates he might consider concessions from Arias, such as not pursuing appeals. But courthouse regulars suggest that Arias, 32, could just as easily take her chances going back to trial. And in the event she gets death, she would have 20 years or so to do battle in state and federal appeals court to try to get a lesser sentence or a new trial.
Ultimately, however, offers have to come from Montgomery. His office, not the judge, makes the decision to seek the death penalty. And at this point, because Arias is already convicted of first-degree murder, there is no need to reach a settlement with Arias in order for her to be sentenced to life in prison. Montgomery only has to lift the intent to seek the death penalty and she would receive a mandatory life sentence.
Judge Sherry Stephens would then choose between life in prison or natural life in prison. The former is frequently referred to as “life with chance of parole after 25 years,” but that is a misnomer often used even during court proceedings.
Arizona discontinued parole for first-degree murderers in 1994. Anyone sentenced since then might be sentenced to life with possibility of release after 25 years. Parole is only available for those who committed murders before 1994.
“Now the only chance of release is commutation from the governor through the Board of Executive Clemency,” a more difficult process, said Ron Reinstein, a retired Superior Court judge who chairs the Arizona Supreme Court’s capital case oversight committee.
“It doesn’t happen very often,” he said.
And given the fact that the jury found an aggravating factor in Arias’ case, it’s unlikely Stephens would impose that sentence.
If she had committed the murder after 2012, release after 25 years would not even be an option, because the Arizona State Legislature has abolished the sentence for premeditated first-degree murder. It is still a possibility for juveniles convicted of murder or adults convicted of first-degree felony murder, which means that someone was killed during the commission of another felony.”
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 12:56 AM
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Great video of raw combat footage from Afghanistan war.
LiveLeak.com - *HELMET CAM* RAW Combat Footage Charkh Afghanistan
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 10:05 PM
UPDATED NEWS ALERT: TRAVIS ALEXANDER'S SISTER UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR WITNESS TAMPERING IN JODI ARIAS TRIAL
Tanisha Sorenson, Travis Alexander's sister, has a long criminal record and has been accused of witness tampering in the Jodi Arias murder trial.
Read the criminal record of Tanisha Sorenson and what she is being accused of doing in the Jodi Arias murder trial.
* Felony burglary
* Grand theft
* Possession of controlled substances
* False impersonation
* Giving false ID to police (at least 4 or 5 different aliases)
Tanisha Sorenson is being investigated for Witness Tampering, a federal offense that may land her back in jail. With half of the Alexanders living with criminal records, two of the sibling are police officers, you would think that as a family, they When Tanisha Sorenson rallied these supporters and convinced them that the defense witnesses needed to be dealt with, they organized cyber assaults and hate crimes against, Dr Samuels, Alyce Laviolette. The big issue became obvious when Tanisha was barred from the judges chambers after having leaked ‘sealed’ court evidence to the public.
Read more here:
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 8:37 PM
Friday, June 7, 2013
The transcript of the Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander steamy sex tape hearing has been unsealed.
Watch video and read what the sex tape reveals and why the prosecutor wanted to keep it out of trial.
Judge Sherry K. Stephens eventually allowed the sex tape to be played before the jury.
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 10:04 PM
Juror No. 6 in Jodi Arias trial reflects on experience: A week ago we all waited anxiously to learn whether Jodi Arias would be sentenced to death or life in prison. Instead of getting an answer, we learned the jury couldn't decide. Now, we're hearing from one of the eight jurors who chose the death penalty for Jodi Arias.
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 2:03 AM
Inside info on Jodi Arias trial jury questions and heated exchange between opposing lawyers in the trial.
Jodi Arias trial: Juror question, attorney sidebar records unsea
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 1:50 AM
Thursday, June 6, 2013
On Feb. 20, KirkNurmi, Arias defense attorney, raised his concern that members of Alexander’s family were rolling their eyes and shaking their heads at testimony. (An e-mail to Stephens a few days later claimed that one of the jurors was trying to coach Arias with head gestures as she was in the witness box.)
And exchanges on April 2 and 4 show the lengths of discourtesy sometimes reached at Judge Stephens’ bench.
One argument began as Willmott was explaining what she expected to elicit from defense witness Alyce LaViollette, a domestic violence expert who raised so much controversy both in and out of court that she became a target of death threats. Specifically, Willmott was discussing whether Alexander at one point told Arias that he would kill himself.
“There’s a lack of trustworthiness there,” Martinez said. “She’s a liar. So I’m just having a difficult time seeing how she can say that Mr. Alexander attempted suicide.”
Willmott and Martinez bandied back and fortth. then Martinez said, “But the thing is that if Ms. Willmott and I were married, I certainly would say I F’g want to kill myself. That doesn’t mean I want to kill myself. It just means there’s a bad relationship and I want you to leave me alone.”
Willmott protested. “Judge, just for the record, I think that that was an insult because he’s trying to say that if he and I were married ...”
Martinez cut her off: “That was a compliment, bad joke.”
Willmott: “I don’t see it as either.”
Stephens did not reprimand Martinez. Instead she said, “All right. Let’s move past that.”
Two days later, the subject came up again at another bench conference, when Martinez said to Willmott, “Well, then maybe you ought to go back to law school.”
Judge Sherry K. Stephens did not step in.
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 11:24 PM
Judge Sherry K. Stephens refused to ask Jodi Arias a number of questions the jury had submitted.
The judge also allowed prosecutor Juan Martinez to make insulting remarks to defense attorney Jennifer Wilmott.
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 9:44 PM
The defense team for JODI ARIAS have tried everything to get a retrial, but all their efforts have been blocked by the Maricopa County Judge or the Arizona Supreme Court.
The lawyers have now turned to the court of public opinion in hopes of saving Jodi Arias from being put to death.
Arias defense reaches to court of public opinion
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 1:44 AM
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Rachel Maddow took down Fox News tonight over their "scandal" about former IRS boss Douglas Schulman visiting the White House 157 times.
Schulman was cleared to go to the WH 157 times, but he only went 11 times which makes Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity bald-faced liars.
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 11:57 PM
Watch video to see why HLN's Nancy Grace is about to have a heart atttack because the Jodi Arias defense team has offered a plea deal that would take the death penalty off the table with the second jury.
The first jury could not reach an agreement on sentencing and now the case has to be tried again before a new jury.
The State of Arizona has to decide if they want to spend over ONE MILLION DOLLARS to see if the second jury can reach a death verdict.
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 9:07 PM
Great video of an Iraq War vet writing a note to younger self.
Iraq Vet Writes Note to Younger Self | Military.com
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 6:37 PM
The jury foreman in the Jodi Arias trial has received death threats and his son is defending him.
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 12:31 AM
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Could this be the last message between Travis Alexander and Jodi Arias and what pushed her over the top to murder him on June 4, 2008.
Alicia LaViolette, a battered woman expert, reads the text message from Alexander where he calls Arias "a three hole wonder" and how she could give tips on how to give a blowjob.
The text message was sent to Jodi Arias by Travis Alexander on May 26,2008.
Watch video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFejwEzV-cE
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 9:18 PM
This video proves Juror No. 6 in the Jodi Arias murder trial didn't undertand the jury instructions that that they were ONLY to find if the prosecution proved Arias pre-planned the murder.
There was nothing ever presented as fact that she did.
This juor is full of it.
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 1:04 AM
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 11:29 PM
This amazing video shows a U.S. soldier shot four times in Afghanistan
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 11:25 PM