Monday, November 29, 2004

Kool Aid Begins to Flow in Wisconsin Hunter Shooting Case

There's an old adage in the legal profession that goes something like: "When the law is not on your side, argue the facts; when the facts are not on your side, argue the law." What do you do when neither the law or the facts are on your side - to wit: six dead hunters, several eyewitnesses and acknowlegement of the heinous deed by the perp himself?

Why, you play the race card, of course.

The alleged shooter, Chai Vang claims that the hunters he is accused of shooting called him a racial slur (Vang is Laotian) and shot at him first. When the defendant tips his hand this early in the game, prosecutors salivate.

There will be the inevitable insanity defense in this case. But bet your Winchester that the defense will attempt the tried and true OJ-Style race-baiting jury nullification gambit.

It won't fly in whiter than white northwestern Wisconsin. Keep your eye out for the defense's motion to change venue. They will cite the predjudicial effect of pretrial publicity, but we all will know the real reason for it, won't we?

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