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Blind Man Acquitted in Fatal Shooting Gets Guns Back

His aim is getting better.
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A legally blind man who was acquitted in the shooting death of another man fought in court Thursday to get his guns back.

John Rogers said he has the right to have both of his guns returned to him. While Judge John Galluzzo said he did not want to return the guns to Rogers, he said it was the law.

Rogers’ guns were confiscated by law-enforcement officers after he fatally shot a man. He was later acquitted.

“I have to return property that was taken under the circumstance,” Galluzzo said. “I have researched and haven’t found case law to say otherwise.”

Galluzzo said he had no choice but to return Rogers’ 10mm Glock and a rifle that was used to kill James DeWitt, 34.

The shooting happened at Rogers’ home in Geneva during a fight in March 2012. Rogers spent time in jail and went to trial in January. He was granted immunity using the “stand your ground” law.

Also:

Four years ago, Rogers was accused of shooting at his cousin.

More: Blind Man Acquitted in Fatal Shooting Gets Guns Back

Keith Jarrett Trio - Round Midnight (w/ Images by Ben Goossens)

Music • Views: 16,553

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Our Monday music interlude is a stellar performance of Thelonius Monk’s jazz classic ‘Round Midnight by the Keith Jarrett trio, with absolutely amazing cymbal work by Jack DeJohnette.

The surreal images are by Portuguese artist Ben Goossens.

From the album Whisper Not (1999)
Keith Jarrett - Piano
Gary Peacock - Bass
Jack DeJohnette - Drums

Arizona Wingnuts Chicken Out on Anti-Gay “Right to Refuse Service” Bill Due to Backlash

It’s a dry hate.
Wingnuts • Views: 16,333

Basically, they’re still for it, but the backlash is painful, so they’re against it. But it’s still a good idea. That maybe isn’t absolutely necessary. But a good thing, just don’t do it because there might be some bad results that would hurt us instead of the people we’re trying to hurt.

Three Republican senators who voted for Senate Bill 1062 say they made a bad decision in a rushed process and are now asking Gov. Jan Brewer to veto the right to refuse service bill.

“We feel it was a solution in search of a problem,” Sen. Bob Worsley, R-Mesa, said in an impromptu news conference outside the state Senate. He was joined by Sen. Steve Pierce, R-Prescott.

The two, along with Senate Majority Whip Adam Driggs, R-Phoenix, sent Brewer a letter this morning asking for a veto.

“While our sincere intent in voting for this bill was to create a shield for all citizens’ religious liberties, the bill has instead been mischaracterized by its opponents as a sword for religious intolerance,” the three wrote. “These allegations are causing our state immeasurable harm.”

Pierce and Worsley said the bill was moved along very quickly, not giving them enough time to convince fellow lawmakers to vote against it. Besides, Pierce said, they didn’t want to “tear apart” the GOP caucus, which was sharply divided last year over Brewer’s push for Medicaid expansion. [Emphasis added out of pure Schadenfreude.—ed.]

[…]

Read the rest here (there’s an auto-starting video too): 3 GOP Senators Who Voted for SB 1062 Asking Brewer to Veto Bill

Here’s a link to a .pdf of the letter signed by the three Republican Senators. I think the letter is actually more weaselly than the video statement at the link above.

Thanks again to Stanley Sea for the subtitle.

By the way, here’s an amusing article about the fight against the bill in the Arizona Senate, carried out by two Democratic Senators, Steve Gallardo and Ed Ableser.

[…]

First, Gallardo offered adding specific LGBT protections to the bill. That was voted down.

Then, Gallardo offered that any business that does want to reserve service to someone based on a religious belief should let that be known on a sign posted at the front of the business.

“There’s a reason why businesses don’t want anyone to know [they discriminate], it’s because they will go out of business — they know that,” Gallardo said. “They know that this type of discrimination would not be tolerated in Arizona.”

That was voted down.

Then Ableser introduced his series of amendments.

[…]

Read it all.

UPDATE at 2/24/14 12:20:37 pm

Buzzfeed: Al Jazeera Offered Julian Assange $1.3M for Diplomatic Cables

Corruption among the anarchists
Media • Views: 13,969

Today we learn (via Buzzfeed’s Rosie Gray) that Qatari news network Al Jazeera offered Julian Assange more than a million dollars for access to the diplomatic cables Wikileaks acquired in 2010.

And that’s not all; they also offered sexual favors.

In “Ghosted,” a story by Andrew O’Hagan in the London Review of Books about his experience ghostwriting an autobiography of Assange that was never published, he alleges that Al Jazeera offered Assange $1.3 million in exchange for WikiLeaks data.

“That night, a guy from al-Jazeera was talking to the group,” O’Hagan wrote of a night in January 2011. “The group was usually just Sarah, who lived there, and Joseph Farrell, a pleasant twenty-something whizz kid who came and went. Another guy, an activist and academic from Canberra University, was drinking wine and talking about how to mobilise the world. It turned out that the guy from al-Jazeera was hoping to strike a deal with WikiLeaks - that’s to say, with Julian. He was offering $1.3 million to get access (via encryption keys) to the data. He also wanted to organise a conference in Qatar on press freedom.”

According to James Ball, a former WikiLeaks employee, another meeting with Al Jazeera executives took place in December 2010 in the office of Mark Stephens, then Assange’s lawyer. Ball and WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson represented Assange’s side, while two high-level Al Jazeera employees, one described as the “third-in-charge” and one introduced as the head of investigations, represented Al Jazeera, according to Ball.

[…]

According to Ball, the Al Jazeera executives offered to fly the pair to Doha and “make us comfortable.” They offered other things too: “I remember a remark along the lines of noting the women there were very lovely, and very friendly,” Ball said.

At the end, one of the executives asked the men, “What would it take to make you happy?” Ball said.

Just another example of how this libertarian/anarchist ideology corrupts everything it touches.

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