OtherArea: near east - inside the loop
George Bush should be tried for war crimes. He is the single worst thing that has ever happened to the United States. And it will be the ruin of us all if he is allowed to attack Iran.
iwt - If you sat through the trial then you know there was much more to the prosecutor's case than a 15 second videotape of Ford accepting the bribery money. The video was just one piece of proof - but it was irrefutable; that's what makes the jury's verdict so absurd! There was clearly a culture of corruption in the City Council and Edmond Ford's personal financial situation was such a shambles that no mainstream lender would have loaned him money. So he hooks up with people who have money but want his City Council influence. His conduct was indefensible and yet thanks to the naivete of a federal jury, he is free to continue this behavior. It is sickening.
To iwtfa - Puh-leeze. Your faux-naif explanation is unconvincing. My criticism is of the jurors who must be as seriously naive as you if you and they can't connect the dots even after seeing it on videotape. The jurors interviewed said that Joe Cooper had credibility problems. Duh. Choir boys aren't usually forced into FBI sting operations. I believe there has been serious miscarriage of justice here and unlike the prosecutor, I do not respect the jury's verdict.
Web - You're wrong, but not alone in your error as 12 of Edmond's peers agree with you. The quid pro quo was the money in exchange for the votes (as captured on videotape). This reminds me of that old joke the punch-line of which was "Who are you going to believe - me or your lying eyes?"
Jury pool in Memphis = morons
I wasn't sitting on that jury but I have to believe it was made up of morons if they couldn't identify the bribe being accepted on the videotape. Good grief. Only idiots would believe that Ford thought that money was a loan.
By Chris McCoy
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