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Not Guilty of Murder, a few other cases.

Roderick Scott was found no guilty of murder in 2009.

Who is Roderick Scott? Why, I’m glad you asked!

Scott says he acted in self defense when he confronted Cervini and two others saying they were stealing from neighbors cars. He told them he had a gun and ordered them to freeze and wait for police.

Scott says he shot Cervini twice when the victim charged toward him yelling he was going to get Scott.

“How can this happen to a beautiful, sweet child like that?” asked Cervini’s aunt Carol Cervini. “All he wanted to do was go home. And then for them to say, he was saying, ‘Please don’t kill me. I’m just a kid,’ and he just kept on shooting him.”

Scott says the last seven months have been difficult for him and his family. If he could go back to the events in the early morning hours of April 4, there are things he says he would do differently.

“If it meant a person not losing their life, absolutely,” he said. “Would I still have tried to stop what was going on? That I would have done. But if I knew ahead of time that I could do something to help somebody from losing their life, I don’t want anyone to lose their life.”

Of course, the “child” was black, and Scott was white. Oh wait, silly me – it was the other way around.

While sticking a gun in someone’s face and telling them you’re all waiting for the police is, um, provocative, the parrellels with the Zimmerman case are odvious. And in spite of the fact Zimmerman wasn’t white, people (even idiots in this country) have claimed that that verdict means it’s “open season” on black children.

Of course, that’s hysterical nonsense for a variety of reasons. In particular, because there simply was no real evidence that Zimmerman had lied about what had happened, and there was plenty of evidence (including eyewitnesses) that collaborated his story. That is why he was released so quickly originally, and that is why the jury found him not guilty. It was clearly a case of self-defense.

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Thought Crimes Investigation Opened

The NZ Herald reports that an acedemic is under investigation.

His crime? Coming to conclusions that the Race Relations Commissioner disagrees with.

An academic report describing Pacific Islanders as a drain on the economy is to be investigated by the Race Relations Commissioner.

Commissioner Joris de Bres said today that the commission hosted a meeting yesterday attended by academics, community members and analysts from government departments.

Significant concerns were raised over the academic rigour of the Massey University report, he told Radio New Zealand.

Mr de Bres, who will issue terms of reference for the investigation, said the report had resulted in a significant amount of prejudice vented over the internet and on talk-back radio.

Now, I don’t know if Pacific Islanders are a drain on the economy. What is a “drain on the economy” anyway? Sending money back to the Islands? That’s their right, it’s their money.

But since when is the “academic rigor” of a university’s reports the RRC’s business? I’d have thought that the university should be the first to worry about the rigor of a report. Because if the report is false or untrue, then that’s firstly a massive hit on the reputation of the university.

Further, just because some people got hot under the collar on talk-back that doesn’t mean the report is truthful or not. If it had made Helen mad… actually scrub that thought.

It would seem that this fellow’s problem is that his investigation came up with the wrong answers, true or false.

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