There are two cases to think about. One involves a professional football player, a wide receiver, accused of rape in Minnesota. The accuser took the stand and wept as she told of her ordeal. The defense attorney had her confirm that she was on the floor of the bathroom and the football player used his powerful hands to spread her legs to enter her. The defense attorney asked her to step down. She asked the judge if she had to, and the judge said yes. The defense attorney escorted the young woman to a model of the bathroom and opened the door thereto. She then blurted out "This isn't right; it is much too small." The defense attorney called the carpenter who said all measurements were within a sixteenth of an inch of the actual bathroom and the football player was aquited.
The community was split on the case with some taking the "she said" as true and other taking the "he said" as true. The man was lucky to be able to prove the negative. But he was under a cloud of suspicion, and his defense was not cheep. The relevance to the case at issue for the Ossining teacher was that the Minnesota girl's claims were investigated and she had no obvious mental problems. What is chilling is that a seamingly normal girl had no understanding of the damage that she did.
The second case involves the female teacher in Croton who foolishly tutored students in her home. The Westchester DA indited and got a conviction based on the braggadocio of a punk. It was horrible. This problem with our DA and our populous is serious. The blatant assumption of conclusions in the comments hereto show no protection from rational procedure. The Central Park Jogger case is another example of the lack of clear thinking. When the true assailant was found, the case against the wrongly convicted boys showed all kinds of problems with the case.
Mr. Gullotta's use of the term "looser teacher" is as offensive as using the term "looser Jews" with respect to the holocaust. Shame on him. View Comment
Citizens can have no confidence what so ever in the result. Political activists require that the she said in he said/ she said cases be believed even though there are many cases where the she said is false. Could the girl in this case be just furious that her crush was getting married to somebody else? Prosecutors make use of the political bias to threaten imprisionment and get their quary to plead. The need to register as a sex offender is horrific, but prosecutors care only in getting a notch on their belt. It's sickening. View Comment
It was just a few years ago that the teacher in Croton was wrongly convicted. She did jail time and her marriage was destroyed by the perversion of our DA office. Lawyers and opportunists have taken billions from Catholic parishioners, and groups make their livings based on Ophra-Show level theories as expressed in other comments below. Unless there is actual physical evidence no prosecution should be ensue in this case. Testimony in these cases is unreliable and juries (in fact nobody) has no skill in judging credibility. In the Sandusky case, the jury believed fellows who said their high powered lawyers were to help with the media. Those high payed lawyers took the rubes of Pennsylvania to the cleaners for $60 million. View Comment
Please remember the false prosecution of the woman in Croton who tutored in her house. Prosecutions based on testimony gathered by a district attorney office with blood on its hands should be disregarded without strong physical evidence. It is impossible to overstate the danger from prosecutors out to protect children. They skip the step of logical analysis and just go for conviction. View Comment
There are several problems with breast cancer awareness campaigns.
1) The presumption that every treatment saved a life. Mostly it does, but sometimes not. The cancer might be so slow growing that the lady would die of something else first. A mammogram technician said something to my ex wife. By the time she drove home, she convinced herself that she was to die shortly and that it was my fault. I told her that she should wait for the radiologist to review the film. It might be nothing; then a biopsy might be nothing; then the prognoses is favorable. The radiologist found nothing. We divorced for other reasons.
2) The massive, in terms of numbers, heartache from false positives. "We need another look' weighs heavy on women.
3) Basing funding decisions not on medical factors but on the emotional response to breasts. View Comment
Miguel Serveto, who did work on blood circulation in the 16th century, was burned at the stake for saying that Jesus was God and Man at the same time. Mr. Darario was not burned at the stake.
There has been some modulation of Catholic behavior over time. but I was dismayed at the insane outburst in this incident.
As a daily user of RT. 9, I appreciate public roads. I also know that Port Authority tolls allowed for excellent maintenance on Authority roads and bridges.. And user fees, like prices in general, can be used for rational allocations of public goods. Some combination of user tolls and bridge tolls makes sense. The best allocation is amenable to reason as are subway fares. It might be true, but "That's too much" is not a reasoned argument.
I don't understand private sector investments in infrastructure. That seems to be a voluntary tax on companies. Consumers, who are tax payers too, are ultimately responsible for such taxes. View Comment
Time goes in just one direction. Once the 4 died, they were dead and nothing can be done to recover their lives.
The question then becomes whether we use the loss as a prop for political theater as you do. I find that disgusting. View Comment
The "profilers" say that mass murder is a white man crime. Hmmm.
Lots of people have guns, drink alcohol, use drugs, etc. Controlling guns and behavior seems beyond us. I do wonder if this guy obsessed. The Long Island shooter drove his neighbors nuts with his rants about racism. View Comment
"Mangialardi was killed by an alleged drunken driver " is terrible reporting. While true it ignores that Mr. Mangliardi was into his electioneering and probably was careless at a dangerous intersection. The case to me is an unfortunate accident and nothing more. If the lady had a blood alcohol level over .2, I would change my mind.
@Francis T McVetty
Your comment is logically disjoint from mine, and is obnoxious.
Just last night a lady pedestrian in dark clothing was crossing route 9 in Tarrytown. I barely saw her, but thank goodness, she saw me and let me go past her without any trouble. My blood alcohol was zero. View Comment
Mr. Mangiardi's death was tragic. Let's not add to the heartache by indulging MADD craziness. True drunk drivers have blood alcohol readings over .2 The .08 limit is very low, and the intersection of Route 9A and Chappaquae Rd. is a dangerous place. View Comment