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Letters to the Editor for March 3

Letters to the Editor for March 3

  • Manslaughter verdict against black man a miscarriage of justice
  • Judge Jung should appeal o
  • Manslaughter verdict against black man a miscarriage of justice

    The guilty verdict of second-degree manslaughter, first-degree assault and fourth-degree possession of a weapon in the trial of Edward D. Jones, a 39-year-old black man, caught me by surprise.

    How could Mr. Jones be found guilty when he had been brutally attacked, assaulted and injured by a man who had been drinking, and who had previously professed hatred of and intent to “kill that n-----?”

    In the process of defending himself after being punched in the face, hit by a board and having his arm broken by the “victim,” Mr. Jones finally pulled out a four-inch folding knife and flailed at his attacker, eventually causing the wound that resulted in the “victim’s” death.

    Who really was the victim here?

    It’s my hope that the presiding judge will recognize the injustices that took place during this trial and will move to vacate the jury’s guilty verdict. I feel Mr. Jones deserves a new trial, which should be held outside of Fulton County, preferably in a more racially diverse community.

    Mike Tibbetts

    Johnstown

    Judge Jung should appeal ouster in court

    In April 2007, I had the privilege of being asked by the attorney for Hon. David F. Jung, Fulton County Family Court judge, to submit an affidavit attesting to Judge Jung’s good character and reputation in the community. I readily did so — without hesitation or reservation.

    In my affidavit, I stated, among other things, that Judge Jung “was always fair, compassionate, concerned and dedicated to doing justice for the litigants appearing before him.” In spite of the recent, most unfortunate ruling made by the state Commission on Judicial Conduct, I still stand by all of these statements.

    I was deeply saddened when I heard the news that the aforesaid commission recommended Judge Jung’s removal from the bench. From what I understand, no member of the commission is a judge. By contrast, the Committee on Professional Standards, which oversees the conduct of attorneys in the Third Judicial Department, is comprised of 18 attorneys and three non-attorneys. Even civil or criminal litigants are entitled to be tried and judged by a jury of their peers. Why should it be different for judges?

    I want to publicly urge Judge Jung to appeal to the Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, in order to vindicate his good name and reputation. Hopefully, such appeal will bring about the justice which Judge Jung truly deserves.

    Carmel J. Greco

    Johnstown

    The writer is a partner of the Murphy, Miles and Greco law firm.

    More evidence than ever of ‘intelligent design’

    In the Feb. 10 article, “‘Darwin Day’ events explore evolution,” it was interesting to read that Charles Darwin went through a period where he “believed that the universe was too beautiful to not have some kind of intelligent origin.” He would have so much more scientific evidence today to convince him.

    From the Big Bang to amazing irreducibly complex biological life forms, the evidence for Intelligent Design is all around us. At the other end of the spectrum neo-Darwinisn still doesn’t give us the necessary details for speciation but the true believers still think that it’s somehow true.

    I went to one of the Darwinist events at the state museum last year, per Carl Strock’s direction, and found about 40 people in the audience, many of whom I knew as macro-evolution skeptics. Although Carl said there was to be cake served, there was none. We can hope for the cake this year.

    Just a note: In April, the movie “Expelled, No Intelligence Allowed,” starring Ben Stein, will be in theaters. Trailers can be found online. It exposes efforts by the anti-design crowd to stop freedom of inquiry and freedom of speech in academia. Interesting stuff. What are they afraid of?

    William Hartman

    Scotia

    Good riddance to Hezbollah founder

    Although given scant coverage by the mainstream media, a major success in the war on terror occurred Feb. 12 [Feb. 14 Gazette].

    One of the most-wanted terrorists in the world, Imad Mughniyah, was sent to hell after his car was blown to smithereens in Syria.

    Mughniyah, a founder of Hezbollah, is responsible for the murder of hundreds of Americans (and others) including:

    u the 1983 bombings in Beirut, Lebanon, which killed 350 people, including 240 U.S. service men;

    u the 1984 kidnapping and murder of CIA station chief William Buckley in Beirut;

    u the 1985 hijacking of a TWA plane, during which the terrorists tortured and murdered a 23-year-old U.S. Navy diver, Robert Stethem (the USS Stethem was subsequently commissioned by the U.S. Navy in his honor);

    u the 1992 bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, which killed 29;

    u the 1994 bombing of the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, which killed 85;

    u the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 U.S. servicemen.

    Kudos are in order to the CIA, U.S. military or whoever carried out the strategic elimination of Imad Mughniyah.

    Timothy J. Gaffney Sr.

    Rotterdam

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