I saw an article yesterday that made me laugh: it was talking about how the National Archive is worriedly transcribing shit because they are afraid that now that kids aren't learning cursive any more, they won't be able to read the documents. It talked about kids helping transcribe.
It made me laugh because DUDE, the reason transcribing old documents is hard isn't because people don't know cursive, it's because handwriting is HARD AS SHIT to read. Which is why I say die, cursive, die.
"I'll take 'what the motherfuck' for $200, Alex."
"Loud unexplained banging noises coming from nearby."
"What is 'shit you don't want to hear at 130 am when you've just shotgunned 7 episodes of the Haunting of Hill House.'"
(Turned out to be my neighbor trying to wake up his girlfriend in increasingly risky ways- when I finally saw him he was on the roof rapping her window w a stick. She let him in wo any drama or arguing so I'm guessing she was asleep and he forgot his keys.)
And take notice of how often alleged 'allies' come out of the woodwork to 'explain' how the hate isn't that bad rather than dealing with the bigotry itself. Rather than making an effort to make people actually causing harm uncomfortable as opposed to expecting me to be 'patient' with mother fuckers that have after me and mines since I got here.
You need to understand how cultures of hate work and are protected.
Because a lot of people show say they area bout COMMUNITY aren't.
Anyway the specific point I'm making re Flowers is that while the decision to keep retrying Flowers wasn't weird (the alleged crime is a horrific quadruple murder), the decision to keep using the same unconstitutional strategy for jury selection IS. Like, he's working SO HARD for his racist jury selection. I'm not saying don't retry the guy, I'm saying retry him PROPERLY. Get the conviction fairly.
And if your case only works if you try it to an all-white jury, maybe your case just sucks shit.
In addition, the first two convictions were reversed not because the jury selection was racially biased (although it was) but because the prosecutor committed SO MANY OTHER acts of misconduct.
How does this chucklefuck still have a job almost 20 years later?? This shit isn't just a failure of your duty to pursue justice and ensure fair trials, although that's bad enough. You're also betraying the victim's families- your candyass bullshit is forcing them to relive their trauma over and over.
As a prosecutor, one of your most important jobs is to make sure the trial is fair- partly because, you know, ethics, and partly because you know your case is coming back on appeal if it's fucked up. Good prosecutors will work to keep judges or defense attorneys from fucking up.
What's amazing to me is that even after courts had repeatedly told him he was being an asshole, the DA KEPT DOING THE SAME THING. Like, not only is that unethical, it's fucking insane behavior.
You guys, this Flowers v. Mississippi case is fucking amazing. The guy (who is black) has been tried six times. Two were mistrials. Of the four convictions, one had an all-white jury and three had juries with 11 white jurors and 1 black juror. In three of the convictions, the DA used his preemptory strikes to remove every black person from the jury that he could- in 1 case the judge reseated one black juror, in 1 case he ran out of strikes so 1 black juror was left, and in the last he left 1.
Just got a shipment of used books! Two Laura Lippman novels (crime fiction set in and around Baltimore) and three Stephen Kings to add to the one and a half I still have to read. I'm on a Laura Lippman kick right now, I'm trying to resist the impulse to blow through the new ones since the whole point of buying this stuff was to have books to read on vacation in July.
Some of these randos on Lyft...I just had to stand in the rain ten minutes while explaining to someone how to drive in a rectangle to pick me up. Makes me to become like, the secular version of those Bible-beaters who leave tracts instead of tips. No sir I do not have any money for you but have you heard the good news about democratic socialism?
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