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So, rack 'em. My cold case murder starts Monday. I can't sleep nights. I sweat. It is not fear. It is anticipation. I am a trial lawyer. This is what I do. All the frustration of this job is falling away. Every client who blames me. Every junkie who swears they want to get clean who I see back in a week. All the work. All the frustration. All the doubt. It is all falling away. This is all that matters. For Monday I go to battle for a man's life. I can barely contain my excitement. I am like a caged lion. Three more sleeps. Rack 'em. Damn!
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So, goddamnit! Damn it all to hell. We were outside today with the dogs. For some reason Kadee's dog Peanut went down the road (unknown to us). I found him a few minutes later. I don't know what happened, but he is gone. I don't know if a moose got him or a car. In 3 years that is 3 dogs. Gromit was killed by a moose. Zari got in a porcupine so badly she couldn't be saved. And now this. Kadee is distraught. Damnit all to hell.
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So, the police are the same everywhere.
Here is the story from the CBC. Emphasis is mine. The Vancouver Police Department has issued an apology after a man said he was beaten by officers who knocked on the wrong door while investigating a report of a violent domestic dispute. Plainclothes officers arrived at the right house at 2 a.m. PT Wednesday near Knight and 49th Street in East Vancouver, but they were at the wrong suite, police admitted in a news release Thursday.
Speaking through a translator, Yao Wei Wu told CBC News that as soon as he opened the door the officers pulled him out of the house and beat him. He was hit multiple times on the back, head and face, said Yao, 44. He said he did not resist because the men had guns. It was only after they handcuffed him and asked his name that they appeared to realize they had the wrong man, Yao said. The officers then called for an ambulance and a Chinese-speaking police officer. Yao was taken to hospital where he said doctors found fr…
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So, instead of offering my views on how to stop terrorism or end poverty, I will stick to what I know. Like I know that my little girls are Alaskans, despite what the Government says. I filed Kadee's formal PFD appeal in the Superior Court a few days ago. Whatever happens, I have tried. I know J doesn't like Alaska. I know this place can be hard. But whatever happens, at least these two can say with pride that they are Alaska grown. So...I will stick to what I know.
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So, there is one thing I do not understand. At all. I am watching CNN about the earthquake in Haiti. It is an awful tragedy. But here is what I don't get. I see a lot of bodies that are just covered with sheets. I see people complaining that there is not enough rescue workers. But I see people walking around everyone. Not injured. Not dazed. Just walking. Almost strolling. By the thousands. I see empty pickups everywhere. I just don't get it. Why not get a crew together? At a minimum remove the rotting bodies? Why is not every able bodied person helping to dig out neighbors? I just saw people reject UN food because they confused the package date of 2008 with the expiration date of 2010! Are you serious? They actually took the food and dumped it on the street so no one could eat it! If you think I am wrong, go ahead. Watch the news. I just saw a little girl die on CNN because there were not enough people to free her. Now granted I am NOT there. I have never lived through anythi…
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So, I always have to laugh at the comments about what a 'liberal' I am. Those same people criticized my last post but not one person suggested an alternative. So, General Pershing. I realize this poster is meant to be tongue in cheek. But I like it. Time to be creative. The government is neither going to arm us all nor start bombing whole villages. Is our only choice really more government? More laws and rules which accomplish nothing but make life more difficult? Is that all Americans are capable of doing these days?
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So, I haven't written in a while about how America is slowly going downhill. I have felt a lot better since I got to shake my fist at Bush's helicopter last January. But this latest absurdity over airport security is just nuts. Has everyone in this country just lost his balls? No matter what the government tells us they need to do to keep us 'safe', we do. No books in our laps. No blanket. Stand in line for 8 hours. Be humiliated and degraded. And yet the most basic forms of intelligence are ignored. The last time I flew I had to discard a brand new tube of toothpaste. But you can fly one way, paying in cash, to Detroit with no luggage. Argh! I just read an article at http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/744199--the-israelification-of-airports-high-security-little-bother . Makes a lot of sense. Americans just need to step up. Demand better. If necessary, start making examples of people. This latest guy, for example. Give him a trial in civilian c…
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So, for the few of you out there that have ever prepared for a murder trial, you and only you, know where I am right now. Obviously, I am not going to talk about my case. A simple 'google' search will tell you more than I will. I'll save you the trouble. http://www.peninsulaclarion.com/stories/072309/new_468615034.shtml. This is truly the case of a lifetime. The chance to try a 'cold' case murder. I am having difficulty focusing on anything else in life. In three weeks I will do battle for a man's life. I simply won't say more than this. Only a relative handful of people on Earth know how I feel right now. I will never be more proud than when I step up to introduce the defense team in this case. It is what I have worked for my whole life.
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So, I have been getting calls. Again, I have to say that I don't speak for the Agency. I just don't. I am happy to answer questions if I can. Let me explain one of the biggest things I am asked about. I am often told that people want to live in a 'rural' area. Here is the problem. Rural in the lower 48 and 'rural' in Alaska are not the same thing. To be honest, the only office in the State that offers anything close is Palmer. I find myself recommending that office for a number of reasons, including the fact that my friend JR supervises it. Personally, of course, I think Kenai is the place to be. But for people that want to live near Anchorage, and not in it, Palmer is the place to be. Understand that 'rural' in Alaska may mean the Bush. Those things are not the same. The Bush towns are off the road system. They don't have cattle grazing in lush green fields. The cost of living is high. Don't get me wrong: I am not bashing the …
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So, I got a load of birch. That stuff is worth its weight in gold. We all went to work. Start 'em young. I wish I had something more exciting to write about. Mainly I just wanted to post these pics of Kadee and AJ. Between the broken snowmachine and working on the rental for 7 weeks, this winter has been quiet for me. The new renters took possession and seem very cool. I will try and find something amazing to do before February, when I start the most important case of my legal career so far. I have handled murders before but nothing like this. It is going to be simply amazing. I don't believe much in New Years resolutions. But after I do this case I am going to take some time off and really take stock my life. Where I am and where I want to be. That, and get this place ready for Spring. I got an email today. It read simply "it is time to start thinking about fishing'. Yup.