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Governor pardons Va. man in prison 29 years in case of mistaken identity

Governor pardons Va. man in prison 29 years in case of mistaken identity | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Michael McAlister, convicted in 1986 of sexual assault, bore an uncanny resemblance to another man.
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Now comes the hard part for the victim, for Mr. McAlister is clearly a victim. I hope the state of Virginia will do all in its power to make the rest of this man's life comfortable. Clearly he will never have the career and accumulate the wealth he might have, nor will he have the children and the joy of raising them or the years of memories. As for the woman who was raped, I am sure she testified with honest motives, but a partial face recognition? Who was the lawyer who didn't show the inaccuracy of that? Or the prosecutor who was willing to go forward based on that? Especially when there was a beard involved, which makes men look more alike. I hope that she, the woman who was raped thirty years ago, comes forward to at least apologize and offer what comfort she can to her victim. Meanwhile, Mr. McAlister has shown his compassion towards her in ways I cannot imagine.

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Sign code as a weapon

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A case that abuses First and Fifth Amendments.
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Clearly, "government by money" is not what the founders intended nor is it what is right today. If you live in or around Norfolk, take part in this attack on the rights of the small against the money of the big.

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E.W. Jackson backs away from ‘Cut it or Shut it’ chant in face of government shutdown

E.W. Jackson backs away from ‘Cut it or Shut it’ chant in face of government shutdown | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The circumstances, and his role, are different now, Republican candidate for Virginia lieutenant governor says in debate.
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If I understand this typical Republican TEA party candidate, he only wants to believe the mantra when it won't cost him votes. Hmm.

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