Jury Tampering: Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Admits Zimmerman Jurors Had Unsupervised Visits

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Jury Tampering: Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Admits Zimmerman Jurors Had Unsupervised Visits

After Zimmerman trial juror B37 gave a disturbing interview on AC360 in which she heaped praise on George Zimmerman, referring to him as ‘George,’ WFTV reports there may have been jury tampering in the case. I wondered how on earth Juror B37 was able to land a book deal with her attorney husband hours after they voted to acquit George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin.

The jury was supposed to be sequestered, which means, they couldn’t have contact with the outside world but that wasn’t the  case with this jury. WFTV discovered that the jurors spent hours of alone time with family, which could have impacted the verdict:

Channel 9′s Kathi Belich confirmed the jurors were left unsupervised with guests at times, which WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said is more than enough time for a member to have said something that could have influenced a juror and possibly impacted the verdict.

The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said Judge Debra Nelson allowed jurors generally no more than two hours of alone time with visitors once a week.

Nelson didn’t decide until three days into the trial to sequester the jury after potential jurors voiced concerns about their privacy and safety.

Channel 9 obtained the agreement the judge had all of the jurors’ visitors sign in which they agreed “the case or anything even remotely related to the case must not be talked about.”

Sheaffer said allowing sequestered jurors to have unsupervised visits invites criticism and questions over the integrity of the verdict.

“It only takes two seconds for an inappropriate comment to be made to a juror by a family member inadvertently or otherwise to possibly affect the verdict, how they look at the case,” Sheaffer said.

US Merchant Marine Academy Professor Gregory Sullivan Facing Dismissal Over Aurora Shooting Joke

Gregory Sullivan, a tenured professor at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, has been suspended and is facing dismissal after cracking a joke about James Holmes’ Aurora movie theater shooting rampage that left 12 dead and 58 wounded.

New York Times:  After turning down the lights in his classroom at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Prof. Gregory F. Sullivan began showing a documentary and prepared to step out for a moment.

But first, according to an internal personnel document, he paused to make a parting joke: “If someone with orange hair appears in the corner of the room,” he is said to have remarked to his students, “run for the exit.”

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One student’s father had been killed in the shootings. Hearing his teacher’s joke, the student left the room, obviously upset, according to the internal document.

Even though Sullivan issued an apology almost immediately, Dean Shashi Kumar wrote in a “notice of proposed removal” that those steps are not enough, and that he should be fired: “I find there is no lesser sanction to effectively address this misconduct.”

 

William Koberna Arrested for Threatening to ‘Shoot Up’ Kent State University on Twitter

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William Koberna Arrested After Threatening to Shoot-Up Kent State University on Twitter.

William Koberna, 19, was arrested at his parents home in Brunswick, OH, after tweeting he planned to ‘shoot-up‘ the Kent State University campus. Bill Koberna was charged with inducing panic and aggravated menacing related to the tweet. He will be arraigned in court Monday.

This comes a little more than a week after James Holmes went on a shooting rampage at the midnight screening of the latest Batman flick, “Dark Knight Rises,” killing 12 and wounding 58. William Koberna is also facing a university hearing which could possibly lead to his suspension or dismissal from Kent State.

Four students were killed by National Guard troops on the campus of Kent State University in May 1970 protesting the U.S. invasion of Cambodia.

Ralph Smeed Foundation Erects Billboard Comparing President Obama to Aurora Shooter James Holmes

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Idaho Billboard Comparing Obama to Aurora Gunman James Holmes is Reprehensible, Goes too Far (KBOI2)

The Ralph Smeed Foundation erects billboard comparing President Obama to Aurora shooter James Holmes. It is reprehensible and goes too far, but plays into the right wing’s scare tactics to get voters nervous enough to vote for the “wazzock” Mitt Romney. The group said the billboard, which is located on Franklin Road, is meant to draw attention to military men and women dying overseas, KBOI2 reports.

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George W. Bush on aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln saying ‘mission accomplished’ Iraq war.

Um, sorry, but this is way over the line. If you want to draw people’s attention to military men and women dying overseas, you don’t use the picture of the man who singlehandedly carried out the worst shooting massacre in this country’s history and compare the President to him. In fact, more soldiers died in Iraq and Afghanistan after former president George W. Bush landed on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003, saying “mission accomplished.”

Equating President Obama’s foreign policies, which have largely been successful, to the reprehensible and despicable acts of James Holmes is an affront to the 12 people who were killed and the 58 wounded, as well as their families.

Here is a sampling of the comments left on KBOI 2′s website:

Maggie8 Go Idaho!!!!   Obama did nothing to deserve the Nobel Peace Prize and it should be taken away based on his cooperating with the Russians to allow the slaughter of thousands of Syrians… doing absolutely nothing to help.  He jumped right in when Egypt was incurring the same thing because Obama supports the Muslium Brotherhood.   He has made his bed with the Russians and cannot cross them now, we are next.  Obama is selling out America.  Freedom of speech… applies to all.  Suck it up you liberal cry babies.  Stay strong Idaho… don’t fold to pressure from the left.

Son Sam What is way over the line is that he is said to have two foreign citizenships, one from Kenya through his biological Kenyan father and one from Indonesia through his adoptive Indonesian father! What is way over the line is that he  appears to have used a proven forged birth certificate and forged selective service documentation to establish a false identity!  What is way over the line is that it seems he gas multiple aliases; barack Obama. Barack Soebarkah, Barry Soetero,  and Harrison J. Bounell! What is way over the line is that he is said to be currently using a stolen SS#! What is way over the line is that his college transcripts, law school transcripts and publications, and the reason for lose of his law license have all been sealed by executive order! WHAT IS WAY OVER THE LINE IS THAT ALL OF THIS IS WITHOUT MSM OR CONGRESSIONAL CHALLENGE!! His policies may be A problem, but they are not THE problem! HE is THE problem!!!

Alice I fell sorry for the shooting victims of whom my friend was one, but the billboard doesn’t offend me, when your right your right and this billboard is right!!!!!!!!!!!!

Carmencita  Nazis’??? Seriously? You had better take a look at what your precious president and his intolerant fascist supporters do to those they do not agree with . ..  who’s the Nazi now???? The First Amendment  means nothing to these hypocrites. Intolerance is willingly tolerated when it is a conservative disagreeing with  the  left-wing views of Obama and his thugs. Whoever gave you that passing grade in your constitutional law class should be shot because you came out of it without even an inkling of what America is about or what the Constitution stands for.

 
Anishinabi
  There are striking similarities between Obama’s policies to control industry and those of Adolf Hitler’s National Socialism.  Cases in point, raping the holdings of auto company shareholders and putting czars in charge of industry, over-reaching dictates to exercise control over commerce.  Turning control of GM over to the union stooges, Chrysler to Fiat.  Ruling by executive order.  Give him a second term and say goodbye to the full Bill of Rights, starting with the first four amendments.
These are the wingnuts Mitt Romney and the Republican Party are appealing to for support. I didn’t realize President Obama was the one who ordered the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. I guess he retroactively ordered the Armed Forces, starting with the first skirmish with Saddam Hussein during George H. W. Bush’s term, including Bill Clinton’s Somalia and Bosnian offensives, right up to George W. Bush.

More Mitt Romney Gaffes, Says Colorado Gunman James Holmes Obtained Weapons Illegally

More gaffes from the Romney camp:  Mitt Romney told Brian Williams, in his exclusive NBC interview, that Colorado shooting gunman James Holmes obtained the weapons illegally. In other words, he’s unfamiliar with the details of the largest shooting massacre in American history, but yet he wants to attack President Obama on his national and foreign policy? Um, this also plays into Mitt Romney being fuzzy on the details of his offshore bank accounts, his departure date at Bain Capital, his blind trust, his tax returns and the list goes on and on. Earth to Mitt Romney — James Holmes purchased the firearms legally through various national gun chains and on online.

ROMNEY: Well this person shouldn’t have had any kind of weapons and bombs and other devices and it was illegal for him to have many of those things already. But he had them. And so we can sometimes hope that just changing the law will make all bad things go away. It won’t. Changing the heart of the American people may well be what’s essential, to improve the lots of the American people. Source:  Think Progress

Mitt Romney’s unfamiliarity with the details of the Colorado shooting rampage that left 12 dead and 58 injured is an insult to the victims, their families, law enforcement and the state of Colorado. I expect this type of ignorance from someone like Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin, but not from the man who claims he knows how to fix what ails this country. Um, does he even know what the problems we face are? This is further proof of how out-of-touch Mitt Romney is with working class Americans. This was the worst mass shooting in American history and he isn’t familiar with the details. That’s either stupid or bare-faced.

I can’t wait to hear more ignorance coming from Mitt Romney during the three presidential debates set for October 3 at the University of Denver; a town-hall style debate October 16 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.; and the final debate, focusing on foreign policy October 22 at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., according to the Wall Street Journal.

 

Gun Sales Skyrocket in Colorado After James Holmes Shooting Rampage at “Dark Knight Rises” Midnight Premiere

Gun sales up in Colorado after the deadliest shooting massacre in America’s history. The Denver Post reports that background checks for people wanting to purchase guns in Colorado jumped more than 41 percent after James Holmes went on a shooting rampage early Friday morning at the premiere of final Batman flick “Dark Knight Rises.” Firearms instructors are reportedly seeing an increase in the training required for a concealed-carry permit, the newspaper reports.

Between Friday and Sunday, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation approved background checks for 2,887 people who wanted to purchase a firearm — a 43 percent increase over the previous Friday through Sunday and a 39 percent jump over those same days on the first weekend of July.

The biggest spike was on Friday, when there were 1,216 checks, a 43 percent increase over the average number for the previous two Fridays. Source

Unfortunately there will some some “ticking timebombs” purchasing guns in Colorado as well. So, this doesn’t really solve the problem of guns getting in the wrong hands, now does it?

Torrence Brown Jr. to File First Lawsuit in James Holmes Shooting Rampage that Claims Best Friend’s Life Alexander Boik

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Torrence Brown-Smith to File First Lawsuit in James Holmes Shooting Rampage that Claims Best Friend’s Life Alexander Boik

First lawsuit about to be filed in James Holmes Aurora theater shooting rampage by Torrence Brown-Smith [Torrence Brown Jr.], who was in the Century 16 theater when the gunfire erupted. One of his best friends, Alexander Boik died after being shot in the chest. Brown was not physically injured, but claims he now suffers from extreme trauma. That’s entirely possible.

Torrence Brown-Smith [Torrence Brown Jr.] has hired attorney Donald Karpel to represent him. TMZ reports Brown is targeting three defendants — the theater, James Holmes’ doctors and Warner Bros.

The theater — Karpel claims it was negligent for the theater to have an emergency door in the front that was not alarmed or guarded.  It’s widely believed Holmes entered the theater with a ticket,  propped the emergency door open from inside, went to his car and returned with guns.

James Holmes’ doctors — Karpel says it appears Holmes was on several medications — prescribed by one or more doctors –  at the time of the shooting and he believes the docs did not properly monitor Holmes.

Warner Bros. —  Karpel says “Dark Knight Rises” was particularly violent and Holmes mimicked some of the action.  The attorney says theater goers were helpless because they thought the shooter was part of the movie.  Karpel tells TMZ, “Somebody has to be responsible for the rampant violence that is shown today.” Source:  TMZ

This will be the first of many lawsuits, but the timing is suspect. The victims haven’t even been buried yet and there’s a money grab. SMH.

Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee Seeks Meeting with NRA Over John Holmes Aurora Shooting Rampage

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Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee Seeks Meeting with NRA Over John Holmes Aurora Shooting Rampage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

REP. SHEILA JACKSON-LEE SEEKS MEETING WITH NRA:  Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) is seeking a meeting with the National Rifle Association (NRA) to see if there are any ways to find an agreement on how to prevent tragedies like the Aurora shooting massacre last Friday at the premiere of the new Batman movie, “Dark Knight Rises,” that left 12 dead and 58 wounded. Sheila Jackson-Lee, who once wanted hurricanes to have more black sounding names, said late Monday from the House floor, “I’m going to invite the National Rifle Association to one of my meetings. I want to sit down and talk to them about how we can work together.” Ain’t nothing like Sheila Jackson-Lee mucking up any situation.

 Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Seeks Meeting with NRA Over John Holmes Aurora Shooting Rampage

Rapper Lil Wayne Releases Shocking Video Showing 12 Skeletons in a Theater One Day Before Aurora Shooting Rampage

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Rapper Lil Wayne Releases Shocking Video Showing 12 Skeletons in a Theater One Day Before Aurora Shooting Rampage

Rapper Lil Wayne is coming under fire for a music video for his latest single, “My Homies Still,” with a scene where he and some friends are singing in a movie theater with 12 skeletons. Huh? Well, this was released Thursday and James Holmes went on his shooting rampage at the screening of the new Batman movie, “Dark Knight Rises” in an Aurora CO theater. I scarcely believe Lil Wayne’s video influenced James Holmes, since he accumulated the ammunition, guns and gear weeks ago.

The second line of the song makes reference to a semiautomatic gun, saying, ‘no click click,’ which was one of the guns James Holmes used during his shooting rampage, killing 12 and wounding 58, some still in critical condition. The video had a number of odd characters such as a pink elephant and dog-headed men alongside Lil Wayne and his collaborator Big Sean.

Um, why are all those kids in the video, considering Lil Wayne always uses so much profanity in his songs. Just so you see that the dumbing-down of America continues, the song debuted at 27th place on the Billboard R&B and hip-hop chart. It is the first single off his upcoming “I Am Not a Human II.”

Aurora Movie Theater Massacre Gunman James Holmes Arraigned in Court, Looks Dazed

Aurora movie theater massacre gunman James Holmes was arraigned in court Monday. He appeared puzzled at some points and with a blank stare at other points during the arraignment. You can see the red hair imitating the Joker.  He didn’t say a word during the proceedings, just sat there with a dazed look on his face.  Um, I feel sorry for public defender Tamara Brady for having to sit next to that dirtbag. Here’s a picture of him in court:

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Aurora Movie Theater Massacre Gunman James Holmes Arraigned in Court