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    Yesterday, 09:05 AM
    Let's assume for the sake of argument Alefantis and co are 100% innocent. Using the word "Hoax" is an ABSOLUTE LIE!
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    03-17-2017, 09:14 AM
    I'm actually in law school at Cardozo, where the innocence project is based. That was the primary factor in choosing the school. That, and the full ride. The real crazy thing about all this is that "neglect" and "abuse" cases where they take your kids away are not criminal cases. You dont get all the rights and preferences a criminal defendant does. The burden is not on the state to prove you did what they allege, but on you to prove you did not AND wont ever in the future. I followed a case my supervisor had where a mother had 3 kids, 1 died of (what later were PROVEN in court to be) natural causes. The other 2 were taken on suspicion of abuse. Separately, she was charged with murder. She had a trial and was acquitted thanks to the overwhelming medical evidence. But her kids were still in foster care 2 years later as she fought her "abuse" (family law, not criminal) case in Family Court. It's like suing someone for wrongful death after they were acquitted, except in this case it's the government doing it, and they have your kids.
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    03-15-2017, 08:35 PM
    I am now, thank you. I am seriously considering entering this field instead of/as well as criminal defense after the internship I had. There scales are just tipped so hard against the families once it gets to court, it's insane. And there field is relatively young, and there's good caselaw to be made. I'll be doing a combined criminal/family law defense internship starting next month til the end of the year to explore further.
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    03-15-2017, 06:14 PM
    New York. Many things have gotten worse (it moves with the news cycle; a kid gets beaten to death by his parents, and they start snatching en mass), and that decision RE domestic violence was made by a Court of Appeals Judge, not the legislature. There is a definite push against removal and for pre-removal services here in NY ever since the private defense institutions (Bronx Defenders, Brooklyn Defender Services, Legal Aid, etc) started handling neglect and abuse cases. They have the ability/time to appeal things and get some judicial victories like the one discussed above. The problem is that this push is mainly found among public defense lawyers/students/clients; most other people are just clueless.
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    03-15-2017, 06:08 PM
    I have smoked this weed! I was part of a drug study at a local major hospital (you'd know it) where I was put in a room and permitted to smoke as much as I want for 4 hours (following a variety of activities, on different days of the test, meant to stress or relax me). I had a beautiful view of the river, an iPad provided to me with TV and movies and games on it, and snacks on demand. Im skeptical it was even weed. No smell, brownish green, and a full joint didnt get me high. That's more than I smoked in a week at the time. On one test I was especially bored and got through 4 joints in 3 hours before I couldnt stomach the thought of any more. It was explained to me by the doctors that this is important: you cant compare a study using this crappy weed with one using modern high-test stuff. They're dramatically different drugs. And they've been using this strain for decades. I assume it's similar to stuff my parents likely smoked in college. Finally, my study was not on PTSD. It was about the difference in usage rates between women on their period and off their period; as I man, I was apparently the 'control'.
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    03-15-2017, 06:00 PM
    We got ACS out of their life after years of monitoring and threats. However, she is still on a state register which prevents her from working with children or as a home health aid until both kids turn 28; that's 17 years away. EVEN THOUGH she was found not to have been "negligent". Hopefully the intern after me takes up the long and tedious process of getting her off THAT list. Just for more horror for those unaware: when they come for your kids, they don't just disrupt your family. They call your friends, neighbors, employers, they leave notes on your door saying they've come (matters a lot in dense apartment buildings), they force you to go to therapy or "services" multiple times a day, etc. And if you don't "comply with services", it hurts your chances of being found non negligent. That's right, current acts help determine your liability for past, unrelated acts. We urge our clients to cooperate not because it's right, but because it's practical. If you DO NOT COMPLY, YOU WILL NOT GET YOUR KIDS. And my supervisors told me this is WAY better than it was just a few years ago, where being in the presence of "domestic abuse" was considered per se neglect. So if a mom's boyfriend (or brother, or sister, or parent, etc) hits her, that made her "neglectful" if her kids were in the room. Luckily, that's not AS common an occurrence now.
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    03-14-2017, 09:20 PM
    A person at the school she was unaware was a busy body school psychologist. The woman was on the PTA at both this school and her older kid's school, by the way.
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    03-14-2017, 05:37 PM
    If anyone thinks this is isolated, it ISN'T. I finished an internship with a law practice in the Bronx in December which defends parents in "neglect" and "abuse" proceedings. Almost all are absolutely ridiculous by any objective standards. It's so common that cases which should be wrapped up in a day or two take MONTHS or YEARS to complete because there just isn't time enough in a day in court to get to them. It's a real mess, and a lot are based on a lot less than allegations of slapping. I had a client who was monitored by CPS for 16 months all because she referenced having carried a gun when she served in Iraq. She didnt even still have one, but she was reported for making a dangerous environment for her kids. "Neglect".
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    03-10-2017, 02:18 PM
    I feel like I'm living in the alternative universe in Star Trek. What should we ask Rand to tell Trump?
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    03-10-2017, 02:02 PM
    The spaces between the lines say the exact opposite of what's on the lines? Sessions considers drug transactions "violent crimes", he's said as much on the record many times. Now he's saying to crack down on violent crime. Read between those lines for me.
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    03-07-2017, 03:51 PM
    Could someone show me a REAL news article saying Obama was "about to be arrested"? Because that is the claim. I never saw such a claim. I highly doubt it is true. I believe snopes is correct, though I'm open to being proven wrong: show me.
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    03-07-2017, 12:22 PM
    This might be fake. I saw that exact text years ago.
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    03-07-2017, 12:19 PM
    No, as I said.
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    03-07-2017, 09:44 AM
    This is amazing. No mention/tweet/article/anything on: CNN, HuffPo, MSNBC, Reuters, NY Daily News, or Washington Post (just going through my list of most-hated). It's been nearly 2 hours, and other sites are reporting it quite in depth already. Shameful! Not surprising, but shameful!
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    03-01-2017, 09:06 PM
    Neither character represented a serious argument for either side of the issue. Not surprised.
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    02-28-2017, 10:58 PM
    He said 'convicted' of 'related offenses'. Meaning, FBI stings. Technically true. You said attacks, he didn't until after the stat. Tricky.
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    You're seriously demented.
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    "How does one "look" mean or vindictive? You just hate women"

    That's interesting, since I am a woman.

    It's called woman's intuition you ought to try it sometime. It's in her eyes--I have seen many more like her in my lifetime.
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    In the same way that I allow mitigating factors for cops who don't realize their crimes are crimes, I do sort of make a mitigating factor for people who are so screwed over by the police state that they decide to get back at it in the ultimate manner, by lashing out and killing one of the State's own. Mind you, I didn't say it was OK. Only that its a mitigating factor
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    To put it another way, I am not at the Cantwellian "its great when a cop dies" level. Its a tragedy when it happens, most of them are brainwashed drones who don't really know any better. At the same time, they are all hired muscle for the government and they have all, through their actions, created a perception that it is us against them. The absolute BEST thing a cop can be is an ignorant professional armed robber who is genuinely brainwashed enough to think he has a right to take what he takes. Do I think that means he deserves to die? No, I don't. But I also recognize that he's not innocent, that his crime is "legal", and that a lot of people have truly been screwed over by the gang he works for. To be continued.
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    I guess I'm probably somewhere between you and AF. If that cop specifically was involved in smething egregious, I wouldn't even think about it, I would just automatically vote "not guilty." If it wasn't that particular cop, but some other cops, I'd honestly feel somewhat conflicted, because on the one hand, I would agree with you that such a random action would be wrong, but on the other hand, I wouldn't feel threatened by Frein, and to some extent it really is "us against them" and I want to side with my fellow citizens. Mind you, I don't think its "us against them" to quite the same absolute level that some people here think it is. But I think its undeniable that its true to some extent. That fact is at least partially, if not mostly, the fault of the police. I have a hard time with the idea of sending a man to prison for the rest of his life, or executing him, for a situation that is quite frankly at least partially the fault of the police.
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    I agree that it was a crime, but for some reason (half-rational and half maybe not) I would be more upset had the victim been a civilian. I'm hesitant to say what the penalty should be without info. If he had been wronged by police in the past and that sparked this I might consider pardoning him or at least substantially reducing his sentence from what I'd normally support.
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    jon, for the record, I'm actually on your side with regards to the discussion you are having with AF. I'm still working out my views but I lean toward agreement with you.

    I just brought up the kidnapping thing as a possible counter-point. In the OT it was a capital crime, and I don't see anywhere where that was abroggated like I do with the consensual sexual crimes and blasphemy and so forth. Mind you, I am not going to die on the hill of that particular penalty, but the point is that its at least questionable. Its not like kidnapping is something that is so minor that it would be unthinkable to deserve a death penalty.

    I agree on being against random violence. Revolution I could support in certain circumstances, although I think it would have to be of a secessionary nature for me to really get behind it. I could also get behind vigilantism against specific aggressors in specific instances, though I'm reluctant. I agree they shouldn't be targeted just for being cops.
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    You got a lot of neg rep for that post because this forum is ate up with trolls. Fuck 'em...
  9. loved that poem on the gary johnson forum, why does age matter its about principles
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    You said you were at the Hofstra Protesting? Where do you live man? I live in East Meadow, literally just down the road.
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I let go of economics,
and people become prosperous.
I let go of religion,
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I let go of all desire for the common good,
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