July 13, 2007
Who Can It Be Now?
In the article about the prosecution resting in the Jose Padilla trial, I tripped over this line in the lede:
For a star defendant whose name is known around the world, Jose Padilla has become almost a bit player in his terrorism support trial -- and some observers say the federal government may not have proved its case against him.
"Some observers?" Who might that mean?
Five grafs later, I had my answer:
"Although everyone has been referring to this case as the Padilla trial, the government's case against Padilla has been pretty thin," said David O. Markus, a Miami defense attorney who has frequently written about the case on his legal blog. "I'm sure the government lawyers are sweating quite a bit right now."
So there we have it: Whenever the elite media casts doubt on a legal case in the war against global hirabah ("unholy war"), declaring that "some observers" say the case is weak, they mean "some defense attorneys who run legal blogs."
Now we know.
Hatched by Dafydd on this day, July 13, 2007, at the time of 5:22 PM
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The following hissed in response by: Fritz
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought the word "some" is generally used to mean more than one. While many other names are mentioned in the linked story, none are quoted saying things that would lead one to believe they think the government did not prove its case.
The following hissed in response by: MTF
My reaction as well. The writer really meant "one defense attorney" observed...
The following hissed in response by: nk
Sachi, may I impose on you to tell us eight things that you would want us to know about you? Or fewer? Or more? To whatever extent you want to play the game. (That's what I'm doing.)
The above hissed in response by: nk at July 14, 2007 2:31 PM
The following hissed in response by: Master Shake
Hey, it could be worse. Usually, their "observers" are homeless guys who are wandering around and hallucinating.
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