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  1. I think at this point most people are as well.
  2. In an attempt to answer the OP question, the answer is, obviously, systemic racism still exists. An example of systemic racism? The use of preemptory challenges on racial minorities solely on the basis of their race (predominately in criminal cases, but in civil cases as well). See Batson v Kentucky, 476 U.S. 79 (1986). I'll illustrate how this is still an issue with a few criminal cases from the U.S. Supreme Court. The most recent high profile case is Flowers v. Mississippi, 139 S. Ct. 2228 (2019) where Mr. Flowers was appealing the result of his sixth tr
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    2022 Elections

    I agree that if the Democrats are able to hold in the 2022 midterms that the GOP may start to break way from Trump. However, I think that at some point we must acknowledge that the modern GOP and Trump can never truly be separated as they are really one and the same. The GOP has flirted with these fringe/racist/nativist beliefs for decades. Trump is/was the embodiment of the modern GOP coming clean and acknowledging that those beliefs would dictate how they would govern.
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    2022 Elections

    I would imagine it is difficult to be a "Never Trumper" in Texas, where most of the State government is filled with Trump lackey's (Abbott, Patrick, Paxton, George P. Bush, Sid Miller, etc.). Add in federal crazies such as Cruz, Gohmert, etc., and to me a "Never Trumper" would have no chance in a Republican primary in Texas.
  5. I agree Instead of trying to expand the U.S. Supreme Court, the Dems would do better to try to create a few more federal judgeships (either at the district court or Court of Appeals level). The backlog in federal cases is huge, and honestly most cases never even get to the U.S. Supreme Court with a lot of precedent being at the federal Courts of Appeal. Dems would have a better chance of defending that instead of trying to pack the U.S. Supreme COurt itself.
  6. I've been practicing criminal law for a long time. Can't tell you how many times I've discovered that what officers write down in an offense report didn't match up with what really happened. And no, I'm not harping on minor little inconsistences that could occur due to a faulty memory/different perspectives, I'm talking about material factual discrepancies as to what happened. It's not every single case, but it is quite more than just a few. The thing is many criminal defendants don't have the ability to fight those issues and usually have to resolve their cases as quickly as possible, usual
  7. Per CNN: guilty of second-degree unintentional murder Edit: Guilty on all three charges
  8. Especially since the allegations in a civil complaint are not sworn to and do not constitute evidence.
  9. Anybody in the legal field in Houston knows that Buzbee loves to be the bully. Well, Rusty Hardin isn't going to be bullied.
  10. The State can present live testimony of a witness if they choose to do so, but it is not required in a Texas grand jury proceeding. They can rely solely on affidavits, offense reports, or other documentary evidence in asking for an indictment. Most of the time, a prosecutor usually provides the grand jury with a short summary of the alleged offense and that is basically it. A grand jury can also request additional evidence if they want to.
  11. You would hope that the DA and law enforcement would do their own investigation and not totally rely on anything Buzbee gives them.
  12. Confinement is what the criminal justice system is primarily for and why it generally has the highest burden of proof (some civil cases in Texas do utilize a beyond a reasonable doubt standard of proof, but they are not applicable here). Having said all of that, 6 individuals suing Watson is quite a lot. At the same time, everyone should keep in mind that the filing of a petition in civil case isn't really that difficult to do. You've got some money to pay some fees ( a couple of hundred dollars usually) and you can fill out a form, then you can file a civil petition. The allegat
  13. Considering the state of the Harris County court system at the moment (the backlog is huge because of Harvey and the pandemic), I doubt this case would go to trial for a long while, if it ever does. 6 potential allegations is a lot though
  14. Cuomo is, and always has been, a gigantic piece of shit. He should resign.
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