Jan 30, 2009
Law is hard. It's not cut and dry. We had to look at many different angles in this case. We wanted very badly to reach a verdict of second degree murder but it was not possible. Given the circumstances, the facts, the testimony of the defendant, we could not do it. The defendant made a very bad judgement call and because of that mistake, he was convicted. Every single juror wished we could turn the evidence to make it second degree, but we couldn't do it. We even asked the judge to clarify specific parts of the law but he was unable to assist us in this and stated that the law was written in simple language that we should be able to understand and interpret.
Every juror maintained an open mind. NO ONE was against the defendant and I was so proud to be part of a jury that was so open and honest. We had a diverse group and I think each of us was there for a purpose. Several jury members were emotional. While I wasn't visibly emotional during the trial, I would be lying if I said I never cried. We knew the impact of our decision. We all knew that if our verdict was first degree murder, this man would serve a mandatory sentence of life in prison. We took our role very seriously and I think that the defendant and his family should know that. (Though I doubt they'll ever read this blog!)
There are so many more things to write, especially in response to the article below. Maybe at some point but today, I don't have it. I need a break. A man, a young man, will be spending the rest of his life in prison because of a decision that was made yesterday. Knowing that I was part of that is a lot to digest.
Jury finds man guilty of murder
Friday, January 30, 2009
*Edited 22/05/09 to remove newspaper story
Jan 28, 2009
It's 70 degrees here today and I SO wish I could go run. I have to be back in court by 2 so there's certainly no time but I'm hoping the rain will hold off til later or rain now and stop by 5 so I can get out there. It's gorgeous! The sun is trying really hard to peak through the clouds and I am not so sure it will make its way through but the temperature is great! I love today!
Happy Wednesday everyone!
Jan 26, 2009
Until today! When I got home from jury duty I saw a VERY exciting email!!!
Yippee CAVEMAN!!! I really did jump up and down!!! Such a relief... still with the Air Force but with a different (read: better) group. Now he gets to work with his buddy M who was his old boss.
Oh! And Britt's puppy... I think we decided on the name Fort. Short for Fortunate. I'll have to post pictures and his story when I know more. I think she's still trying to piece it all together. His surgery was bumped to Thursday so she will probably get him on Friday. No details yet. I can't wait to see him. Poor little guy. So small and sick. I know she'll take good care of him though. And probably fall in love and add him to her already enormous and growing bunch of puppies! She has a blog too but doesn't post much: http://www.fosterdanes.blogspot.com/. Maybe I can convince her to post lots about Fort since he'll have more frequent updates. Don't hold your breath!
Hope everyone had a great Monday! Let's keep our fingers crossed for a speedy trial so I can get back to work by Friday for a class I'm teaching!
It really was fun though. We did the fit test then played a ball game where you balance this ball on a platform and get it in a hole, then we skied and snowboarded, and we also played a bubble game but it was hard so we didn't play it long. Skiing was the favorite. (I think.) K wanted to play the car driving game but we decided on Balderdash so cars were tabled for next month.
Jan 24, 2009
***Oh! My sister is on the phone... she's getting a 7-week old great dane puppy next week. He's white and silver (we think) and is having two big surgeries, one of which will be to remove his eye. I'm sure I'll get some pictures soon. I can't wait to see him! Anyone have good boy dog names? (No big dog names, i.e. Rocky, Apollo, Zeus, etc...)
Jan 23, 2009
Linda, one of our directors, is in the middle here. (Linda, if you are reading this you are now officially famous!) The clinic is in Kabarole, which is the county of most of our projects. I'll be sure to post more once we know when things will start moving along! 'Til then, I'm rejoicing!
Jan 22, 2009
Jan 21, 2009
I'm quite sure people saw her and said, "oh that poor dog." But the girl had such a good time! She was shivering so I know she didn't mind the sweater and the booties annoy her initially but they enable her to stay out and play longer so really, they're for her benefit. And the scarf around her neck that I knit, yeah, I'll give you that, "poor dog." I couldn't help myself, her neck looked exposed without anything on it and she already had a sweater and boots so why not a scarf?! Plus, it wasn't like I went out and bought it... it was made with lots of love. (Yeah, I know, it's worse that I took time to make it. Do I sound like I care?!) ;)
So, dogs with sensitive skin, meet booties! They work for me. Her. They work for her.
For more tips, check out Shannon's blog!
Jan 20, 2009
All in all we got a good 6" of snow (at least!) -- a very, very rare thing for NC!
I just read the paper and there have been over 50 wrecks in the last four hours. (All county employees no doubt.) I sure hope tomorrow brings a looong delay as it's supposed to stay below freezing tonight and into the morning. Even with snow plows, salt trucks and sand dumping machines we'll need a looong delay since we really don't do snow here.
Happy Snow Day!
Jan 19, 2009
One viewer wrote and asked, "What exactly are chewies?"
We call Nola's rawhides "chewies" and she knows this word well... when she heard it on TV she immediately woke up and started looking at the screen turning her head in all directions then back at me... it was SO FUNNY!!!
Needless to say, she now has a chewy.
(And the Gosselin kids call their blankets chewies, in case you were wondering...)
Made a sling for when I have to carry the scaredy cat...
Jan 16, 2009
1. What is your name: Gin
2. A 4 Letter Word: Give
3. A Boys Name: Gabe
4. A Girls Name: Greta
5. An Occupation: Anchor-person
6. A Color: Greenish blue
7. Something you wear: Gaitors
8. A Beverage: Grape juice
9. A Food: Goat's cheese
10. Something found in the bathroom: Gobs of toothpaste stuck to the sink
11. A place: Greece
12. A Reason for being late: Got stuck in traffic
13. Something you shout: Go get 'em Tiger!
(Does it bother anyone else that there are an odd number of questions?)
Last year I learned that there were grades of hair. People either have “good” hair or “bad” hair. I’m not really sure what the “grade” means. Is it A, B, C, D, F like in school? Or is it a numerical thing like grade 1 or grade 8 or 10? All I hear people say is good or bad. I do know it has something to do with the softness. Maybe when K sees this she’ll comment so we’ll know.
I should also mention that I’m talking about black people hair. I don’t really like to say African American. No one says that unless they’re white and oversensitive or afraid because they think they’re going to get beat up, robbed, or mugged and called racist if they say “black.” To be honest, if I was in Moyewood passing out condoms (I don’t think I’ve ever posted about my job…that’s another day…but you should know Moyewood has always been the “rougher” neighborhood in town) and I said something to someone referencing “African American” I probably would get my butt kicked. Just say black, people. Do I like being called Caucasian? Not really. Call me white. Ooh this just reminded me of a story with my friend I who is from Rwanda. When she got her US citizenship I asked how she’d list her race because technically she wasn’t “African America” as most people. She said, “just call me black.”
Anyway…back to the hair. I was watching 10 Years Younger on TLC not too long ago and a black lady was featured. She was really pretty, middle aged, and I started watching about the time they were doing her hair. It was really short so I was curious to see what they’d do. One guy came in and braided it all in a spiral circle really tight on her head then another guy used a needle and thread and sewed some hair to the braids. I felt like I’d just seen how the magic trick was done. THIS is how it’s done? Who knew?
So back to yesterday… K came in and when I commented on the new ‘do I immediately asked if it was sewn to her hair. No. It wasn’t. Huh? Then how does it stay on? “It’s glued.” “How?” She then proceeded to show me. I saw it and acted like I understood but I still sorta don’t get it. I kinda do but not really.
Sorry if you thought Beyonce had good hair.