Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Michael Gerson, writing
about Eric Holder, says: (emp add)
"In the end, Holder made a decision memorable for its incoherence. He declared American military tribunals constitutional and appropriate for some terrorists -- then awarded Sept. 11 mastermind [Khalid Sheik] Mohammed a presumption of innocence and the full O.J. Simpson treatment."
What is "the full O.J. Simpson treatment"?
When one encounters a sentence like that, it's hard not to notice that Holder and O.J. Simpson are both African-American. Why did Gerson pick O. J. Simpson's trial as a metaphor for that of KSM? There are no obvious parallels.
UPDATE: Ruth Marcus (!) at the Post challenges
the "O. J. Simpson treatment" claim:
Unlike O.J.'s, federal trials, for better or worse, aren't televised, and federal judges are no Lance Ito. Any experienced federal judge can prevent Mohammed from using the trial as a soapbox ...
When I read that, I simply think of Judge Ito allowing the O.J. trial to become a 9-month episode of 'Jerry Springer'.
bushies had how many years to bring this guy to trial and conviction?
kicking the can down the road is not leadership. name one thing republicans have responsibly tackled in the name of good governance.
He doesn't believe in our system of trial by jury. Why does he hate America?
The first thing to come to mind is a crazy, televised media circus of a trial, with the defense publicly denegrating the U.S. military like the O.J. defense denegrated Mark Fuhrman and the LAPD, followed by the spectacle of KSM taking the stand and being given an opportunity to make a televised speech to the entire world.
I don't know what that has to do with either of them being black.
like the O.J. defense denegrated Mark Fuhrman and the LAPD
just because o.j. was guilty, that doesn't automatically mean fuhrman and the lapd were pure as the driven snow.
followed by the spectacle of KSM taking the stand and being given an opportunity to make a televised speech to the entire world.
what happens when al qaeda or bin laden comes out with a statement? it gets played on every media news outlet, including fox news.
bzzzz, fail. try again.