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tomw, to random
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I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert... Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies...

Cdespinosa,
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@tomw Nothing else remains.

Cdespinosa, to random
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#InmatePO1135809 cult member Dion Cini staged an unsanctioned, unpermitted parade on Fifth Avenue in New York City today. He billed the event as the “Thin Blue Line Parade” and unfurled a giant banner reading “LAW AND ORDER”

The NYPD detained him in handcuffs and cleared the street.

Cdespinosa, to random
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Eleven didn’t “brave” the heat, they were taken by ambulance to the hospital.

Al Gore warned us about this 20 years ago.
https://assortedflotsam.com/@NewsBot/112573093461778688

Cdespinosa, to random
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This would be cheating if it didn’t take 30+ hours to run

Cdespinosa, to random
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According to the Constitution, Rubio cannot serve as vice president as he’s from the same state as the Presidential candidate. But don’t expect that to stop anybody. In fact, fomenting a Constitutional crisis and daring Congress to not certify the election on black-letter Constitutional grounds is probably something they’d enjoy, and might even win.
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Cdespinosa, to random
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Cdespinosa, to random
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Judge Marchan has enormous latitude in sentencing, from suspended sentence/probation to years in prison. A non-violent first-time offender in state court would often get lenient treatment—if they were sufficiently contrite and committed to rehabilitation.

And if not, not.

This is also a circumstance where spending the next six weeks pissing off the judge is a very VERY bad idea.

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Anyone have a T-shirt design yet

Cdespinosa,
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Cdespinosa, to random
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If the jurors are asking about this, it implies they are arguing about what crime the falsified business records were made in furtherance of. Which itself implies they’ve already decided that the business records were falsified—otherwise this question is moot.
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Cdespinosa,
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@mcc I haven’t heard anything about that. One of the big controversies in this case is that the 37 counts are misdemeanors, but are elevated to 5-year felonies if it is proved they were committed in furtherance of a crime. And that crime is not charged here, it doesn’t have to be proven.

The judge has latitude in sentencing the felony, from 0 jail time to 37x5 years. I don’t know whether he considers the serious of the underlying crime—but I don’t think that’s a matter for thje jury.

Cdespinosa, to random
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In all of Justice Alito’s underbusing and deflection, has he ever:

• conceded that the flags are partisan political symbols

• acknowledged that it would have been unethical for him to have been involved in their display

• disavowed the notion that Biden’s election caused “dire distress or extreme danger?”

Because the Muh Wife defense alone doesn’t clear him of ethical culpability at all.

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I read the jury instructions.

With the disclaimer that this is absolutely not a prediction of what the jury will do, not much in the jury instructions change what I had to say here:

https://terikanefield.com/wheres-the-beef-trumps-manhattan-criminal-case-and-some-mind-bending-legal-puzzles/

I wrote about predicate crimes for predicate crimes.

The predicate crime for falsification of business records is
NEW YORK ELECTION LAW § 17-152 PREDICATE.

The jury gets three possible predicate crimes for 17-152.

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Cdespinosa,
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@Teri_Kanefield if I were a juror I would key on this exchange:

——-
HOFFINGER: On whose direction and whose behalf did you commit that crime?

👉🏼COHEN: On Mr. Trump's behalf.

HOFFINGER: What was the purpose of your working with AMI in paying off Karen McDougal?

COHEN: In order to make sure Mr Trump was protected and also so that story would never be released, 👉🏼for the purpose of ensuring that it also wouldn't affect the presidential campaign.
——-
That’s the crime that triggers the felonies.

Cdespinosa,
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@Teri_Kanefield The crime discussed there was one of the three felony counts that Cohen pled to—making false statements to a financial institution, willfully causing an unlawful corporate contribution,making an excessive campaign contribution at the request of a candidate or campaign. He served time for those, and the underlying facts were in evidence in this trial.

For example, he misrepresented the reason for his HELOC saying it was real estate.

Cdespinosa,
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@Teri_Kanefield On page 29 (which the jurors had re-read to them this morning) Marchan enumerates the $2,700 FECA contribution limit, which Pecker was wary of violating and which Cohen pled guilty to violating. I’m pretty sure that was the crime that the prosecutor was asking Cohen about, and Cohen testified that he did it “on Mr. Trump’s behalf.” I agree that the tax crime is weak and the falsification one is circular, but Pecker’s refusal to pay off Daniels because of FECA is pretty damning.

Cdespinosa,
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@Teri_Kanefield that last one is the toughest, and the key to the “Cohen was rogue” defense.

But if #Individual1 made an unreported contribution to his own campaign laundered through Cohen, is that a FECA violation?

Cdespinosa,
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@Teri_Kanefield I’m really interested to hear how the jurors processed that.

Cdespinosa, to random
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TIL that a portion of Northern California’s Eel River, impounded at Lake Van Arsdale Reservoir in Mendocino County, is diverted into a penstock to feed a hydroelectric powerhouse a mile away in Potter Valley. The discharged water forms the headwaters of the East Fork of the Russian River, in an adjacent watershed.

Most of the water at Van Arsdale enters the ocean at Eureka, but the diverted water flows all the way to Jenner, 150 miles to the south.

Cdespinosa, to random
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At this point the conclusion is inescapable that the IDF repeatedly has “mishaps” resulting in the sudden violent death of dozens of Gaza civilians because they have zero interest in avoiding the sudden violent deaths of dozens of Gaza civilians.
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Cdespinosa, to random
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And a solemn and respectful Memorial Day to you too, felon.
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Cdespinosa, to random
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Ten thousand protesting college students are saying “we fucking told you so”

Cdespinosa, to random
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May 26, 2024—Right-wing blogger Summer Bushnell ordered to pay $926,000 in compensatory and $250,000 in punitive damages to an Idaho performer whom she falsely claimed exposed his genitals to children during a 2022 performance. Jurors were shown an unedited video of the performance, along with Bushnell’s version that blurred Eric Posey’s groin area, and her published claim that she blurred Posey’s “fully exposed genitals.” She admitted at trial she never saw exposed genitals.

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It's really difficult to search search engines for information about the Apple 1 and Apple 2 due to the ambiguous and symbol-heavy naming of Apple 2 vs Apple II vs Apple //

Cdespinosa,
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@mcc In the Apple I, the cassette tape board was a plug-in, and had its own ROM with the read and write firmware, which were called from the Monitor by executing code at documented entry points. When the cassette hardware infergace got integrated onto the main board of the Apple II, Woz had to put the read/write code in the main Monitor.

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The obligatory person-versus-huge-truck photo. This person (me) is just shy of 5'8", definitely 5'8" in those shoes. Disaster.

*1.72 meters I guess

Cdespinosa,
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@inquiline
I wish that still were a video.

And LA isn’t so weird. “USA” stands for “Underground Service Alert” and means the sidewalk and street have been marked for electric, gas, sewer, and storm drain pipes before somebody digs.

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