Court TV via AP, Pool The Derek Chauvin defense team filed their legal arguments in support of a motion for a new trial based on his claims that prejudicial pretrial publicity in his case made it impossible for him to receive the constitutionally mandated “fair trial” in Hennepin County, and that juror misconduct during the case deprived him of the right to a fair and impartial jury.
The 53-page memorandum does an effective job at cataloging the shortcomings of Judge Peter Cahill in addressing and resolving these issues. While it is a near certainty that Judge Cahill will deny the motions for a new trial and a change of venue — Minneapolis would likely burn if he granted them — and a Minnesota appeals court is likely to do the same, the motions nevertheless lay the groundwork for some serious legal arguments in the months ahead. Courts are going to have to grapple with the problem of how to deliver to an accused defendant the fair trial before an impartial jury under the Constitution in today’s interconnected and social-media-dominated world.
Right at the start, the memorandum focuses on what I have always thought was the fatal error by Judge Cahill in his somewhat cavalier approach to dealing with Chauvin’s motion for a change of venue based on prejudicial pretrial publicity. The memorandum quotes Judge Cahill’s in-court comments as follows: As far as change of venue, I do not think that that would give the defendant any kind of fair trial beyond what we are doing here today. I don’t think there’s any place in the state of Minnesota that has not be subjected to extreme amounts of publicity in this case . These were comments made by Judge Cahill during jury selection after the news reports and news conferences held in the immediate aftermath of the announcement that the City of Minneapolis had settled a civil action brought by George Floyd’s family by paying $27 million.
This characterization by Judge Cahill reflects a gross misunderstanding of his obligations to ensure that Chauvin received the constitutionally required “fair trial.” At the time I […]
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Will America-First News Outlets Make it to 2023?
Things are looking grim for conservative and populist news sites.
There’s something happening behind the scenes at several popular conservative news outlets. 2021 was bad, but 2022 is proving to be disastrous for news sites that aren’t “playing ball” with the corporate media narrative. It’s being said that advertisers are cracking down, forcing some of the biggest ad networks like Google and Yahoo to pull their inventory from conservative outlets. This has had two major effects. First, it has cooled most conservative outlets from discussing “taboo” topics like Pandemic Panic Theater, voter fraud, or The Great Reset. Second, it has isolated those ad networks that aren’t playing ball.
Certain topics are anathema for most ad networks. Speaking out against vaccines or vaccine mandates is a certain path to being demonetized. Highlighting voter fraud in the 2020 and future elections is another instant advertising death penalty. Throw in truthful stories about climate change hysteria, Critical Race Theory, and the border crisis and it’s easy to understand how difficult it is for America-First news outlets to spread the facts, share conservative opinions, and still pay the bills.
Without naming names, I have been told of several news outlets who have been forced to either consolidate with larger organizations or who have backed down on covering certain topics out of fear of being “canceled” by the ad networks. I get it. This is a business for many of us and it’s not very profitable. Those of us who do this for a living are often barely squeaking by, so loss of additional revenue can often mean being forced to make cuts. That means not being able to cover the topics properly. Its a Catch-22: Tell the truth and lose the money necessary to keep telling the truth, or avoid the truth and make enough money to survive. Those who have chosen survival simply aren’t able to spread the truth properly.
We will never avoid the truth. The Lord will provide if it is His will. Our job is simply to share the facts, spread the Gospel, and educate as many Americans as possible while exposing the forces of evil.
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