We are on the cusp of the Hernandez and Tsarnaev trials; we will have to wait a bit for the trial which Dershowitz has said he will bring about. I noted earlier Dershowitz has been accused of having sex with an underage girl which he denies. He said he will sue to clear his name suggesting the girl wrongly added him into the mix with Prince Albert, or is it Prince Andrew, who were the friends of a guy named Epstein a registered sex offender who served time for doing what the others are alleged to have done.
I guess it’s Andrew since Albert is a cigar. I do get mixed up trying keep the royalty straight. It is reported 54-year-old Andrew is flying home from skiing at the Swiss resort of Verbier (don’t these people work? ) to explain to his mother (another one on the dole) who is also the Queen of England, etc., that the woman, who has been identified as Virginia Roberts, is fibbing. Too bad Prince Andrew, aka the Duke of York, can’t deny meeting Virginia; a photograph of them together in London in 2001 where he has his arm around her waist is all over the Internet.
Since Dershowitz has denied meeting Virginia I don’t expect such a photograph of him to surface. That’s good for him. It’s also good for us since there are too many beauty and the beast photographs floating around. But the Dershowitz case is down the line.
The Tsarnaev trial starting today is like the Whitey Bulger trial a foregone conclusion. I’d guess it will be a lot less interesting than Whitey’s since it will lack the mob figures. The evidence against him seems overwhelming and if the issue was only who-did-it then the trial could end in a week. However, the Government wants to parade before the jury all the victims of the crime to overwhelm the jury with their suffering and grief just to ensure its victory.
We all know what happened. Our question as to why the FBI released the tapes to the public showing the Tsarnaev brothers rather than showing them to its agents some of whom knew the elder brother will not be answered. After the conviction the case will have a second part wherein the jury will decide if Tsarnaev gets executed. That will be more interesting listening to the reasons why the jury should believe Tsarnaev is merely a mixed up kid. (If I were his lawyer I’d have him shave his beard.)
The Aaron Hernandez case will have more excitement to it because Hernandez has a chance of beating the rap. The judge and the prosecutor don’t get along so she’ll have a proclivity to side with Hernandez’s attorneys in any evidentiary disputes. I’m not privy to all the evidence but unless the prosecution can put the gun in Hernandez’s hand or show there was a joint agreement to murder the victim the judge will not let the case go to the jury but will direct the jury to return a verdict of not guilty. She won’t do that because she favored the defense but because she is required to do it by the case law.
You all remember Brian Halloran who was gunned down on the waterfront allegedly by Whitey. You recall he had been charged with the first degree murder of George Pappas. Pappas was sitting in a Chinese restaurant at around 3:45am with Halloran and Jackie Salemme a Mafia connected hoodlum. All three were seen sitting together at a table by a waiter who went into the kitchen, gun shots were heard, when the waiter came back to the dining room Halloran and Salemme had left and Pappas was dead of gunshot wounds at the table. Salemme was convicted of Pappas’s murder. His conviction was overturned.
The Supreme Judicial Court wrote: “in this case there were two persons, Salemme and Halloran, with apparently equal opportunity to commit the murder. Given the Commonwealth’s abandonment of a joint venture theory, it had to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Salemme fired the fatal shot. The Commonwealth presented insufficient evidence for the jury to so conclude. From the evidence presented, either Salemme or Halloran could have fired the shot, and a jury could not conclude, without reasonable doubt, that it was Salemme and not Halloran. “When the evidence tends equally to sustain either of two inconsistent propositions, neither of them can be said to have been established by legitimate proof.””
I won’t attend either the Hernandez or Tsarnaev case since I’ve gone south for the winter. If I can get one or the other over the Internet or TV I may try to follow some of it but I’m trying to keep my mind on Whitey matters but as you can see it sometimes wanders.