Brian Williams asks a "question!"

TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2021

Above all, never explain: There was quite a bit of complexity to the Chauvin trial.

The medical testimony was complex, principally concerning the cause of death. Beyond that, there's a complex bit of legal logic draped around this trial.

Where does legal complexity enter the scrum? To illustrate a basic point, consider a hypothetical:

Suppose a police officer arrests someone  on a perfectly valid basis. As an act of mercy, he gives the person he has detained a peanut butter sandwich.

The detainee eats the sandwich. It turns out he's severely allergic to peanuts, and he dies as a result.

Is this officer guilty of a crime? Plainly, his behavior was one of the principal causes of the detainee's death. 

No, it wasn't the only cause—but it was one of the causes! The detainee wouldn't have died that day except for the officer's sandwich.

Presumably, no one would think the police officer should be charged with a crime. But given the way Minnesota state law has been explained on CNN, it seems to us that the officer would have committed a crime!

What's the law in Minnesota according to which Chauvin has been charged with murder? On CNN, "hangin' pundit" Laura Coates kept insisting that Chauvin would be guilty of murder and/or manslaughter just so long as his conduct was one of the causes of the late George Floyd's death. 

Chauvin's conduct didn't have to be the only cause. It didn't even have to the principal cause. Just so long as it was one of the causes, that meant Chauvin was guilty, Coates said and said, then said and said, then said a hundred times more.

Coates said it again and again and again. But that would mean that the cop with the peanut butter sandwich had committed a "homicide" too.

What does Minnesota law actually say? Yesterday, the prosecution offered its account of the relevant laws involved in the charges facing Chauvin. After that, defense attorney Eric Nelson seemed to be sketching out a quite different view of the matter. 

Beyond that, Nelson seemed to be arguing that Derek Chauvin's actions that day were, in fact, consistent with department policies of the Minneapolis PD. Putting it another way, a great deal of material needed explaining when yesterday's presentations were done.

Instead, Our Town's pundits and analysts entered the scene. And they entered the scene, as they typically do, all spilling from inside one big giant clown car.

On CNN and MSNBC, these analysts exist for one reason only—to guarantee that we never hear anything but tribal dogma. This brings us to the stylish car from which Brian Williams emerged.

In last evening's opening segment, Williams featured three reliable pundits, the kind who are guaranteed To Say The Exact Same Things. 

His first, completely respectful question went to Marilyn Mosby (!). At some length, she praised the utter brilliance of the prosecution's closing argument.

Then, Williams turned to Cynthia Alksne. When he did, our biggest and most sardonic clown sardonically "asked" her this:

WILLIAMS (4/19/21): Cynthia, it's never good when your closing argument—I'm talking about the defense here—goes on for so long that the judge has to interrupt you because, in effect, you're lost the jury, and he calls a 30-minute lunch break only to let you continue after the break.

That being established as a predicate, what did you make of the defense argument?

That being established as a predicate! According to experts in rhetoric, it was right up there with the famous, "Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?"

That was Brian's "question." And of course, having heard her host establish the predicate, Alksne knew where to go next:

ALKSNE (continuing directly): Oh my God! I thought I was listening to the Lincoln-Douglas debates, they were so long...

Alksne sputtered forward from there, trashing the horror of Nelson' blather. That's how it works in Our Town.

For the record, this particular talking point was cherished all over our "cable news" channels. There were very few attempts to explain any possible points of medical or legal dispute.

The defense attorney spoke too long! This talking point was general. It stems from what seemed like a strange decision by Judge Peter Cahill.

Cahill has seemed perfectly sensible all through the course of the trial. Yesterday, though, he did a slightly strange thing. He let Eric Nelson start his closing argument for the defense at 11:40 A.M. Minneapolis time—just twenty minutes short of noon.

The decision struck us as odd. There was no time limit on the closing argument, and a defendant's rights were at stake. Needless to say, we all cherish our American legal system, which seeks to protect such rights.

Wouldn't it have made better sense to start lunch a little bit early, then let Nelson offer his closing argument without fear of interruption, and without jurors growing hungry?

In our view, that would have made better sense. At any rate, Cahill interrupted Nelson for lunch shortly after 2 P.M. Minneapolis time. This meant that Nelson's argument was delivered in two chunks—and this launched a thousand quips from our pundit flotilla.

Did Nelson talk too long? Everything is possible! That said, we've ciphered the total amounts of time used by the prosecution and by the defense. The numbers look like this:

Total length of closing arguments:
Prosecution: Two hours, 25 minutes
Defense: Two hours, 48 minutes

How dare a mere defense attorney dare to go on so long?

For what it's worth, Our Town's pundits have often complained, down through the years, when targeted parties have gone on too long. They hate to listen to speeches or arguments. They bore extremely quickly.

There's one  other thing they will not do—they will not try to explain things! They exist to recite bits of script. Nelson went on too long!

This morning, we actually saw defense attorney Danny Cevallos make a scary suggestion. We saw this happen on Morning Joe, where Cevallos was allowed to speak for maybe eleven seconds. 

Uh-oh! Cevallos actually tried to explain his view of relevant state law. "If the knee is legal, that is a defense against all charges," he inappropriately said.

Cevallos was silenced after that. He's the one "legal analyst" on MSNBC who doesn't automatically say What Everyone Else Just Said.

We have no idea how the relevant laws work. That's because we watch the channels which prevail in Our Town.

We did see Brian ask his "question." He may be our best-dressed clown.

The other memorized point: Is it possible that Chauvin's conduct that day actually was consistent with department training and policy? We have no idea, for reasons explained above.

That said, every pundit in Our Town knows how to dismiss such thoughts. Chief Arradondo testified that the conduct was wrong!

Of course, this killing happened on Chief Arradondo's watch. Whatever the truth of these matters might be, the chief is an interested party in this matter, though no such thought will ever darken the spotless minds catered to in Our Town.

Our general view? A lot remains to be explained, but we don't do that here. This is the way our brains are wired, major top experts all say.


33 comments:

  1. "For the record, this particular talking point was cherished all over our "cable news" channels. "

    Hey, that's what liberal Goebbelses do, dear Bob. Endlesly repeating liberal-hitlerian cult's talking points.

    That's perfectly normal, dear Bob.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am FRED and i want quickly recommend DR NCUBE for a Job well done by
      curing me from the genital herpes disease that have be giving me sleepless night. if you want to contact him, Simply do that via email drncube03@gmail.com or
      call/whatsapp +2348155227532
      he also have #herbs for
      #hiv/aids
      #cancerdisease
      #fibroid
      #diabetes
      He does all types of spell casting including love spell, marriage spell, promotion spell and fortune telling.

      Delete
    2. Isiyku Abdulahi
      My ex-boyfriend dumped me one week ago after I accused him of seeing someone else and insulting him. I want him back in my life but he refuse to have any contact with me. I was so confuse and don’t know what to do, so I reach to the Internet for help and I saw a testimony of how a spell caster help them to get their ex back so I contact the spell caster and explain my problem to him and he cast a spell for me and assure me of 2 days that my ex will return to me and to my greatest surprise the third day my ex came knocking on my door and beg for forgiveness. I am so happy that my love is back again and not only that, we are about to get married. Once again thank you Dr Believe. You are truly talented and gifted.He is the only answer. He can be of great help and I will not stop talking about him because he is a wonderful man. Contact this great love spell caster for your relationship or marriage problem to be solved today via email: believelovespelltemple@gmail.com or WhatsApp: +19713839183


      Delete
  2. The jury won't be called upon to make any decisions about legal logic.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Yup, let me just put my knee on your neck while we both wait for scientists to come up with a cure for peanut allergies. Not my fault if the elite scientists take their time. The law is complicated and future anthropologists will understand.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Interesting. We thought manslaughter was likely, but the other two: total bullshit.

    Yeah, the times they are a-changin'.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I love Brian Williams.

    ReplyDelete
  6. This analogy would be better if the maker of the peanut butter sandwich had first been told about that peanut allergy but deliberately used it on the sandwich anyway.

    Chauvin didn't take his knee off Floyd's neck despite his medical problems, bystanders' pleas, his own officers concerns. That is not just an inadvertent mistake due to ignorance. He had people telling him to stop the whole time and he ignored them, and Floyd's own pleas.

    ReplyDelete
  7. "Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all charges against him, Judge Peter Cahill announced on Tuesday. Chauvin was charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter after kneeling on the neck of 46-year-old George Floyd for more than nine minutes on May 25, 2020, outside of the Cup Foods corner store in Minneapolis."

    ReplyDelete
  8. Bob, You must be pissed. Your (make believe) analysts must be really upset.
    You are pathetic.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. No. Rather it’s pathetic to suggest that the criticism of media pundits is the equivalent to championing Chauvin.

      But I guess you know who are your real friends.

      Delete
    2. It ain't Bob.

      Delete
    3. Cecelia, nothing here is about media pundits.

      Delete
    4. Anonymouse 6:31pm, it sure ain’t.

      Delete
  9. Hold on! Wait a minute!
    Maybe Bob is "nuts"?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I don't know if he's nuts or not, but he's certainly a malignant Trumptard.

      Delete
  10. 'We have no idea how the relevant laws work. That's because we watch the channels which prevail in Our Town.'

    Naturally not, because the channels you see in your town of Trumptards don't care about laws, they only care about worshipping Donald Trump, and defending Roy Moore, Ron Johnson, Devin Nunes, Matt Gaetz and others. For once, Somerby is truthful, admitting that he's totally clueless (now he just has to admit that he's a clueless Trumptard)

    ReplyDelete
  11. The peanut butter sandwich defense. Airtight in a ziplock container.

    ReplyDelete
  12. All of this blather, all of it, swept into the dustbin.

    Will Somerby ever mention any of this again?

    ReplyDelete
  13. Cop A gives the allergic perpetrator a peanut butter sandwich. Cop B, who is aware of the dangerous situation, intervenes by placing his foot on the subject’s esophagus. This thwarts the effort of cop A and saves the perpetrator from anaphylaxis but ,unfortunately, due to the proximity of the esophagus and trachea, after 9 minutes places the citizen in grave danger. Cop A, seeing that his partner has tried to save him from committing what would in Minnesota law amount to a homicide, makes a phone call to Bob, inquiring as to whether there are any other ridiculous scenarios that he and his partner should submit to in order that Bob can make a point on his blog. Bob responds that it doesn’t really matter to him how the guy dies so
    long as a liberal commenter, preferably Maddow, will later make a comment on the event, such that Bob, with his usual rapier- like intellect can eviscerate him/her the following day in a blog post.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Somerby must be heartbroken now that the jury did not agree with his attempt to say that killing an AA is equivalent to offering them a peanut butter sandwich. Somerby seems to think that officers who kill AAs should get a medal.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Somerby does seem to think that officers who kill blacks should get medals. Mexicans and Jews too. He is a racist.

      Delete
  15. Good work here. I always wonder about Alksne's real background, She is so consistently off the mark. It this exchange She ultimately called the questioning of Maxie Waters outrageous behavior "silly." Because the jury was sequestered. What was her real legal background? If Tara Reade can BS her way into appearing as an expert witness, how hard is it for an agent to get you on these shows?

    ReplyDelete
  16. Agreed that Maxine Waters was outrageous. I assume that you called out Trump for similar bloviating during his tenure. You had ample opportunity.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. More than ample. Massively ample.

      Delete
    2. I called him out for it BEFORE his tenure.

      Delete
  17. What's all this crying about Maxine Waters locker room talk?

    ReplyDelete
  18. Keeping your knee on someone's neck when they're pleading for their life and until they die, giving someone a peanut butter sandwich...I see the parallel

    ReplyDelete
  19. Five weeks ago my boyfriend broke up with me. It all started when i went to summer camp i was trying to contact him but it was not going through. So when I came back from camp I saw him with a young lady kissing in his bed room, I was frustrated and it gave me a sleepless night. I thought he will come back to apologies but he didn't come for almost three week i was really hurt but i thank Dr.Azuka for all he did i met Dr.Azuka during my search at the internet i decided to contact him on his email dr.azukasolutionhome@gmail.com he brought my boyfriend back to me just within 48 hours i am really happy. What’s app contact : +44 7520 636249‬

    ReplyDelete
  20. To know more about Chief Dr Lucky you can visit his website (https://chiefdrluckyherbaltherapy.wordpress.com/)
     
     A friend that suffered from Herpes and was cure with the help of this great herbal doctor Chief Lucky so i decided to contact him for help in getting rid of my families genital herpes virus 1/2 which i did and all i was told to provide was just some useful information and some materials used in preparation of the natural cure and that i did and now i am the happiest person on earth because i am writing this testimony of mine with joy and happiness in my heart to the whole world to know that natural remedy is real because i am a living testimony of Chief Lucky traditional herbal cure and i want you all to contact Chief Lucky via his email: chiefdrlucky@gmail.com or WhatsApp him +2348132777335 am sure he will help you too.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Isiyku Abdulahi
    My ex-boyfriend dumped me one week ago after I accused him of seeing someone else and insulting him. I want him back in my life but he refuse to have any contact with me. I was so confuse and don’t know what to do, so I reach to the Internet for help and I saw a testimony of how a spell caster help them to get their ex back so I contact the spell caster and explain my problem to him and he cast a spell for me and assure me of 2 days that my ex will return to me and to my greatest surprise the third day my ex came knocking on my door and beg for forgiveness. I am so happy that my love is back again and not only that, we are about to get married. Once again thank you Dr Believe. You are truly talented and gifted.He is the only answer. He can be of great help and I will not stop talking about him because he is a wonderful man. Contact this great love spell caster for your relationship or marriage problem to be solved today via email: believelovespelltemple@gmail.com or WhatsApp: +19713839183


    ReplyDelete