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SeptimusHeap from Bern, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
Jul 11th 2019 at 6:24:20 AM

Apparently some of the kids in question have received police attention in the past, so maybe it's not a first occurrence.

The ages were what caught my eye. Sure, in this part of Europe (Germany and Italy for example) a 14 year old would be (legally) considered old enough to make a decision regarding sexual consent by themself, but sexual assault by a kid is fairly unexpected even so. Normally one would expect the opposite age pattern.

(One wonders how such a legal case would be handled in Switzerland)

sgamer82 from Meridian, ID
Jul 18th 2019 at 4:30:57 PM

Something I heard on The Last Podcast on the Left's latest Side Stories episode and thought might be of interest here:

Cindy Hendy, girlfriend and widely suspected accomplice of David Parker Ray, a serial killer known as "The Toybox Killer" that Last Podcast covered in an early episode, is to be released from prison after serving 20 years of a 36 year sentence. According to LPOTL, it could've been more, but she was sentenced mere months before a law went into effect requiring violent offenders to serve 85% of their sentence.

https://www.krqe.com/news/investigations/suspected-killer-david-parker-rays-girlfriend-to-be-released-without-parole/

Plus, remember how in Eragon everyone cries "a single tear"? Yeah, just try that with One Piece and see if it works
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Jul 19th 2019 at 11:00:55 AM

By the sound of it the mum has admitted to deleted bad stuff off the victims phone before handing it to the police, the destruction of evidence obviously thus compromised the phone and things were further compromised when the victims invoked his right against self incrimination when asked about the deletion of messages.

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SeptimusHeap from Bern, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
Jul 19th 2019 at 12:49:03 PM

Hrm. If memory serves the Spacey affair began in California after a complaint by a former child actor who said he was 14 years old when Spacey inappropriately touched him. This is a different case, what happened with the former?

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sgamer82 from Meridian, ID
Aug 10th 2019 at 10:31:31 AM

For context, here's the post being linked to;

https://www.siliconera.com/2019/08/09/40-year-old-man-arrested-for-threatening-square-enix-with-a-repeat-of-kyoto-animation/

TMPD announced that a man was arrested for sending threats to firebomb Square Enix’s office.

According to statements, suspect send a complaint because of money he lost from a game...


Apropos of nothing, but I thought might be of interest, a podcast I listen to The Last Podcast on the Left, is doing an episode on one of the first mass shooters in U.S. history, Howard Unruh, who predates even the better known Charles Whitman of the 70s(?).

The timing of the episode is actually coincidental, decided weeks before as a one shot to build time so they could research their next big series, but then the the Garlic Festival, Dayton, El Paso, and others that didn't make the news all happened and they decided if they waited until there were no mass shootings before releasing an episode on a mass shooter, they were never going to release an episode on a mass shooter.

To paraphrase one of the reasons they went ahead regardless: "these assholes are as deserving of the same scorn and derision we give the serial killers we cover."

Their whole schtick is to "defang the monster" by mocking them as the losers they are. So there might be some catharsis there (I've only just started listening myself so I can't say too specifically)

Edited by sgamer82 on Aug 10th 2019 at 12:20:54 PM

Plus, remember how in Eragon everyone cries "a single tear"? Yeah, just try that with One Piece and see if it works
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Aug 22nd 2019 at 11:10:50 AM

Is it on-topic to ask about how certain elements of a court trial work? I've been wondering about the roles of the jury and the judge with respect to sentencing.

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Rationalinsanity from Halifax, Canada Relationship Status: It's complicated
Aug 22nd 2019 at 11:47:16 AM

It varies between country to country (and jurisdiction to jurisdiction to some countries), so you'd have to be specific. But I think this thread is alright for those question, given that it is not that active.

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sgamer82 from Meridian, ID
Aug 22nd 2019 at 12:27:54 PM

[up][up] For the U.S., my general understanding is that the jury, following conviction, has the ability to recommend a sentence (In death penalty cases, for instance, I believe it's common for the jury to determine if it's suitable.) but it is up to the judge to actually impose it. They can go softer or harder of they deem it appropriate.

However that's off the cuff and from memory, so if I'm wrong I'm sure I'll be corrected.

Plus, remember how in Eragon everyone cries "a single tear"? Yeah, just try that with One Piece and see if it works
MarqFJA Fiat justitia, et pereat mundus from Saudi Arabia Relationship Status: Shipping fictional characters
Fiat justitia, et pereat mundus
Aug 23rd 2019 at 5:04:02 AM

Wait, so who actually decides whether or not the defendant is guilty (and thus convict them of the charges levelled at them)?

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Aug 23rd 2019 at 5:07:02 AM

The jury does.

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Aug 23rd 2019 at 5:07:36 AM

[up] Either the judge or the jury, depending on the kind of case and what the defense wants to do. You can opt for a “bench trial” with no jury.

Edited by archonspeaks on Aug 23rd 2019 at 5:09:06 AM

MarqFJA Fiat justitia, et pereat mundus from Saudi Arabia Relationship Status: Shipping fictional characters
Fiat justitia, et pereat mundus
Aug 23rd 2019 at 6:23:24 AM

Does the jury have to be unanimous in their decision? I vaguely remember reading something about some trials suffering from their juries being unable to reach a consensus — I believe such a thing gets called a "mistrial"?

When we are crushing the black hearts of our oppressors, we will find our hands blackened.
Aug 23rd 2019 at 6:32:03 AM

[up] Federal courts always require a unanimous jury decision. State courts vary, usually depending on whether it’s a civil or criminal trial.

Mistrial is just a general term for a trial cancelled without a verdict. It can happen because of a hung jury or for other reasons.

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Aug 31st 2019 at 5:04:11 PM

Another shooting incident, this time in West Texas.

Caucasian make in 30s is the suspect. Police shot him dead.

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RJ-19-CLOVIS-93 from New Zealand
Sep 3rd 2019 at 7:53:19 PM

At what point did society decide that sex crimes are more despicable than murder, even when the latter gets you more time in jail?

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MarqFJA Fiat justitia, et pereat mundus from Saudi Arabia Relationship Status: Shipping fictional characters
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Sep 4th 2019 at 8:23:31 PM

Now that you mention it, I'd like to know that too. It always irks me that the biggest ruckuses over "objectionable content" in a movie, video game or the like are always made over sexuality-related matters, far more than mass murder, extreme violence and torture unless the victims of the latter are a non-acceptable target group (e.g. Jews; when was the last time you saw a movie or game glorify mass murdering of innocent Jewsnote ?).

Edited by MarqFJA on Sep 4th 2019 at 6:28:54 PM

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