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THE FIFTH COLUMN: The George Zimmerman Verdict: How Does an Aggressor Successfully Argue Self Defence

After my initial shock at hearing the verdict and my attempt to rationalize it I have further reflected on the verdict.

Perhaps it all comes down to the difference between Canadian and Floridian/American attitudes to vigilantism.

I consider myself to be a reasonable man and my interpretation of self defence does not allow for an aggressor to claim self defence. For example, you cannot start a

THE FIFTH COLUMN: The George Zimmerman Verdict and The British Justice System

The not guilty verdicts in the George Zimmerman trial for the murder of Travyon Martin may be a result of the British criminal justice system (that is shared by both Canada and the United States) and it’s most important principle that it is better that the guilty go free than the innocent be convicted.

One of the earliest expressionless of this principle was Blackstone’s formulation: “It is

The Canadian Progressive: ‘Why I Did It’: Whistleblower Bradley Manning Tells US Military Court

Whistleblower reads prepared statement of explanation after pleading guilty to some, but not all, charges By: Common Dreams | Feb. 28, 2013: US Army Private Bradley Manning read a prepared statement on Thursday, revealing before a packed military courtroom exactly what government and military information he leaked to the whistleblower media outlet Wikileaks, and why he chose to do READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: #freebrad: Tweeting Bradley Manning Trial Before US Military Court

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive | Feb. 28, 2013: #freebrad: Tweeting Bradley Manning trial before US military court, where the whistleblower has reportedly pleaded guilty to providing Wikileaks with confidential military material. But he has denied the charges relating to “aiding the enemy”, which is the most serious of all the charges he faces. Tweets about “#freebrad” The Canadian Progressive READ MORE

Pop The Stack: Rob Ford’s Bizarre Defence Is Undemocratic

Update: This is now also cross-posted up at Huffington Post Canada.

This is just bizarre:

“Like I said, for the last 13 years, I’ve always defined a conflict of interest that there’s two parties. There’s a benefit to the city or the member of council. And that’s when I declared a conflict,” Mr. Ford said.

When Mr. Ruby pointed out that neither the MCIA nor the council handbook define a conflict that way, Mr. Ford said he had not read either document.

He added that he skipped his council orientation in 2000 because, as the son of an MPP, (Read more…)

Pop The Stack: Rob Ford’s Bizarre Defence Is Undemocratic

Update: This is now also cross-posted up at Huffington Post Canada.

This is just bizarre:

“Like I said, for the last 13 years, I’ve always defined a conflict of interest that there’s two parties. There’s a benefit to the city or the member of council. And that’s when I declared a conflict,” Mr. Ford said.

When Mr. Ruby pointed out that neither the MCIA nor the council handbook define a conflict that way, Mr. Ford said he had not read either document.

He added that he skipped his council orientation in 2000 because, as the son of an MPP, (Read more…)

LeDaro: John Edwards screwed around!

Now it looks he may get screwed himself as former presidential candidate John Edwards’ trial for alleged campaign finance violations opens Monday in Greensboro, N.C.

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World Headlines Review: Tahrir Square, June 28 Post-Script

Yesterday’s clashes in Tahrir square were covered here at WHR as breaking news.  A more complete picture of the context and extent of the situation has emerged.

As mentioned in the previous report, the protest began in Cairo as a peaceful demonstration and public mourning by the families of those who have died in the cause of liberating Egypt.  An air of gravity was upon the demonstrators and the martyrs’s families as they paid their respects to the coffin of a recent victim, Mahmoud Khaled, who died on Monday.  He passed in hospital, where he has been (Read more…)