Anthony trial error brings questions

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According to the New York Times, the software that was used in the Casey Anthony trial had a flaw in the software. The problem is that prosecutors and Sheriffs Department were well aware of the problem.

A key part of prosecutors case was that Anthony conducted searches about chloroform 84 times.

According to CacheBack designer John Bradley, he discovered the problem after he testified when the defense introduced the other search.  Upon learning that, Bradley felt he was obligated to look over his program again as Anthony’s life hanged in the balance.

Once the problem was fixed, Bradley learned that the correct search on chloroform was indeed one time. On top of that the search was about how chloroform was used in the 1800s.

Bradley then called the Sheriffs department to inform them of the error, but they already knew of the discrepancy. Bradley went on to state that he waited to see if prosecutors would fix it in court, but the never did.

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The reason is simple without the search results on chloroform they had no case and charges would have been dismissed.

 

The thing is even if Anthony was convicted the news still would have come out. That would have led to her conviction being overturned on appeal.

What pisses me off is that there is sure to be more instances like this in previously prosecuted cases that will be reported in the months to come. Instances that could result in a serial killer being set free.

In the end, things are only going to get messier in Florida and people need to be held accountable for them.

New CBA doesn’t assure regular season

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Many National Football League fans are surely getting excited over reports that a new collective bargaining agreement will be reached soon. The fact is though a new CBA doesn’t assure a regular season.

What many media outlets are forgetting is that retired players, led by former Minnesota Viking Carl Eller,

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filed a claim against National Football League owners and players claiming that they purposely were left out of negotiations to keep retired players benefits artificially low. This is after they were initially were a part of negotiations, but have been left out since.

A hearing on that is set for August 8th which leaves plenty of time for federal judge Susan Richard Nelson to rule on the matter before the regular season starts.

The thing is if Nelson rules in favor of retired players a new CBA could also be declared null and void as it was reached illegally. If that were to be the case the only way the regular season would be saved is a emergency ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals Eighth Circuit.

In the end, hopefully a new CBA gives retired players some dramatic improvements to retired players health care and pensions, because if it doesn’t kiss the regular season goodbye.

I’ll believe it when I see it

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Having a child in the neonatal intensive care unit for the past two months I learned one thing, don’t believe anything until you see it happens.

With that said, I’ll believe a new collective bargaining agreement is done when I see it.

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Multiple reports have National Football League owners and players close to an agreement on a new CBA. Well, we have been hearing that before as multiple times reports were that a new CBA could be coming this week. Then when the end of the week came and went there was nothing.

The fact of the matter is the media is a powerful tool and both sides are using it to put pressure on the others to hopefully make the other relent on some issues. Well, that hasn’t worked very well as neither side has really budge on issues.

In the end, shut up, stop telling us that something is close and get it done already, because almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

What a coward

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell

According to an article by Pete Prisco of CBS Sports, via Pro Football Talk, a unnamed NFL player was quoted as saying “ As for Goodell, he needs to drop his nuts.”

The only person that needs to drop some nuts is the unnamed player.

The quote was in regards to a new collective bargaining agreement as the player was obviously upset that there were constant reports that a deal was close. The player went on to say that the two sides aren’t close and its owners leaking info to pressure players into a deal.

Even if this is correct it still doesn’t make what he said about Goodell right. Football is a brutal sport played among men, so for a player to go to the media instead of Goodell goes to show how much of a coward the person is.

When a real man has a problem with someone they go and tell it to the person’s face.

Also, it sounds like the player was a NFLPA player rep that wasn’t in the room during negotiations. So, his quote is meaningless as NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith has stated in a conference call that they weren’t close in case talks broke down.

In the end, shut up and go hide underneath the rock that you came from scumbag.

A deal should have been done by now

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ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter are reporting that the target date to have a new collective bargaining agreement ratified is July 21st when owners meet in Atlanta.

The fact of the matter is that a deal should have been done by now. However, it isn’t as owners and players have met two times a week for a month or two after months of litigation in court.

That is on the NFLPA as the NFL was willing to extend the old CBA to keep negotiations going. Also, they stated numerous times during the litigation process that they were willing to return to the table whenever the NFLPA wanted to.

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Most likely what happened is the NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith took the advice of Jeffery Kessler to decertify the union, and proceed through the court. What changed is that Smith realized that nothing was getting done and if they continued through the courts a new CBA wasn’t going to get done in time for the regular season.

Also, players numerous time expressed their opinion that they wanted to get back to work. That sent a clear message to Smith that if something doesn’t get done anytime soon many of them will turn on him, thus making negotiations very difficult for the NFLPA and his reelection as NFLPA executive director almost impossible.

When Smith took the job he knew fully well that Kessler was a problem from what was reported in the media.

In the end, if something doesn’t get done it is all on Smith.

All eyes on talks

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NFLPA leaving meetings, courtesy NFL Network's Albert Breer

Everyone’s eyes from fans to owners are fixated to the ongoing labor discussions to see if a new collective bargaining agreement can be reached in time to save the preseason.

At the very least both sides are doing their darnedest to get there.

Negotiating teams for owners and players met Thursday for over 12.5 hours as talks wrapped up shortly after 10:30 p.m., according to NFL Network’s Albert Breer. Breer also added that today was a very tough day, but progress was made and that they will meet again 9:00 a.m. ET.

At this point I don’t care about progress being made or how tough it is. Either get something done already or cancel the season. That way we can get on with our lives already.

Going to ESPN, Pro Football Talk and Sports Illustrated’s websites is like watching the movie “Groundhog Day.” Every day since the lockout started it has been progress is being made.

Here is a suggestion, go to your sources find out what you know and then actually give people something. Seeing a report that owners and players were talking about free agency or a rookie wage scale is a lot better than repeating progress is being made.

In the end, hopefully something gives soon, because reporting on the talks are getting to the brink of insanity.

Retired player complaint could kill preseason

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According to the Associated Press, retired players have filed a complaint against NFL owners and players.

Simply, if they win their complaint then kiss the preseason and possibly the regular season goodbye.

In the complaint retired players have claimed the NFLPA cannot negotiate on their behalf, because they aren’t a union and is therefore a antitrust violation.

One of the plaintiffs Carl Eller had a earlier lawsuit against NFL owners was combined with the players lawsuit against owners. At first Eller and his representatives were a part of the process, but since have been excluded.

Also, Eller claimed that owners and player are conspiring to keep pensions and disability payments low in order maximize the salary cap.

If the retired players win it would set back negotiations as any agreement between players and owners over how they are splitting nine billion dollars would be subject to the retired players approval. The chance of retired players approving it is slim to none as they want drastic changes made due to years of neglect.

In the end, if owners and players had addressed retired players problems a lot earlier something like this wouldn’t be happening.

So heartbroken

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Leading up to Sunday night I was excited about seeing the newest movie installment of Transformers, but after seeing it only one feeling remains, and that is heartbreak.

No, I’m not talking about the end of the series as there is sure to be a fourth. What I am talking about is the horror I witnessed right before my eyes. That is kids ages 4-8 years-of-age being subjected to numerous instances of death and destruction.

I wrote before that the previous two Transformer movies weren’t suitable for children as the amount of violence and sex in it wasn’t unsuitable for young children even though that is what the movie was marketed to children. As for “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” that is definitely the case once again as it should have been rated R. Many parents in the days to come will be outraged by what their kids saw.

There was a little bit of sex in it, but that doesn’t matter as there was so much violence and carnage it made the first two look suitable for kids. There were several instances of this that stood out head and shoulders above the rest.

The first being near the end of the movie, after the Decepticons invade Earth and take over Chicago, there is a scene where a camera trucks through a blown up bus littered with dead people. You can tell they are clearly dead as they are all covered with dirt and are slumped over and not moving. The only thing that was missing was clothes being soaked with blood.

The next was a scene in a Chicago street where people are running for their lives from a Decepticon. As people are running the Decepticon is shooting at them and hits the group of people several times clearly showing them being blown up as they disappear in the sparks. Of course the one thing that’s missing is the blood.

Then there was the scene where as a building is tipping over the camera follows a soldier falling to his death and cuts out at the last second.

Like young kids cannot tell that someone is dead. Hello McFly, we live in the age of information where kids are getting more information at a younger age. So, their going to know when a person is dead and isn’t.

However, that is no reason to allow young children to be subject senseless killing and violence. Just because we are a nation that has the freedom to express our opinions, doesn’t mean people have the right to subject their children to this type of violence. Nor, should famous movie directors and producers.

In the end, the question is how the hell did the MPAA justify a PG-13 rating for “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” when it is pretty clear it deserved a R rating.

 

 

Lieno signing was a smart move

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Though some Buffalo Sabres fans may be disappointed, the team made a smart move in signing forward Ville Leino.

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Many Sabres fans thought that the team would make a run at free agent forward Brad Richards. Even though Richards was the biggest name entering Friday afternoon signing Leino was the better move for one reason alone.

That reason would be age as Richards turned 31 this past May. Leino on the other hand will only be 28 come October. That is a big difference in long term performance right there.

Richards contract length will be somewhere between seven to 10 years. At age 31 you may three or four prime years out of Richards before his performance severely drops off.

Leino on the other hand is just entering his prime. That means his entire contract with the Sabres will be in his prime years.

Leino’s contract was six years $27 million and that averages out to about $4.5 million a year. So, if Leino scores 25 goals a season with 50 assists for 75 points the deal will be a steal.

In the end, it goes to show that signing the big name isn’t always the best move.