mayor walker is still in ghana on the sister city commission trip, so we’re one short tonight. the agenda looks light... hope springs eternal for a short, painless meeting. there’s a first for everything, right?
hey only five minutes late! not too shabby.
not a big showing tonight. i guess everybody saw the boring agenda.
day 2 of alex ramos’ trial starts soon. his lawyer is hoping to sell the jury on an assault & battery conviction, as opposed to the commonwealth’s argument for felony malicious wounding. nobody’s saying he didn’t punch deandre, but it’s the difference between time served & 5-20.
while the commonwealth didn’t bring it up in their opening statement, i’m still wondering whether they’ll try to introduce any argument about ramos having SOMETHING wrapped around his fist under that cloth. i’ve heard it speculated that it was brass knuckles or a chain.
elmer repeatedly returned to the idea that harris was “safe” at any point during the assault or could have stopped it by simply curling up in a ball. both he & his client said many times, “he just kept getting up.”
to escape his attackers.
over an hour into his cross examination yesterday morning elmer said to harris “you’re safe here,” referring to a still from the video of the assault.
harris reacted strongly, “i’ve already been hit! i’ve been maced! i’m not perfectly fine there!”
alex ramos, the second of four men charged in the august 12 assault of deandre harris, goes on trial in charlottesville today. he’s charged with felony malicious wounding.
the first trial ended yesterday with a jury recommending ten years for jacob goodwin.
if it’s anything like monday, and i suspect it is, they’ll have a larger than usual jury pool and a longer than average jury selection process. perhaps not QUITE so long, as elmer tends to double the length of any process... but i’m in no great hurry this morning.
walking to court this morning & just passed the scene of the crime. i will never not see that brutal assault, a vicious beating i’ve watched frame by frame perhaps hundreds of times now, every time i pass the market street parking garage.
justice for deandre. #DefendCville
i believe we’re starting this morning with elmer’s cross examination of deandre harris. i expect this to be long & ugly. see you at the next recess.
breaking for lunch now. defense atty elmer woodard cross examined the victim, deandre harris, for two hours. we’ve heard from an ER nurse and sheriff brown. prosecution has two more witnesses, one they say will be brief and one much longer.
jacob goodwin (defended by foghorn leghorn, esq) will be in charlottesville circuit court today facing trial for felony malicious wounding charges.
goodwin is on tape kicking deandre harris to the ground as he struggled to escape his attackers on august 12.
i missed this pre-trial motion the other day... i was sitting in albemarle county court a few blocks away, waiting for this very busy nazi lawyer, who was late to cantwell’s bond hearing. must be tough to be the only lawyer in VA both stupid & evil enough to take all these cases.
i’m reviewing my notes from the preliminary hearing back in december... how naive i was then! who would’ve guessed that goodwin’s attorney’s defense strategy would involve sending more white supremacists to jail? certainly not tyler davis, anyway.
so we gotta talk about this, @DemSocialists. i think it's pretty cool what happened in new york, too! it's fun & funny. it's the lighthearted antifascism we all love to share. much solidarity with our NY comrades & thank you for chasing that nazi out! but here's the thing...
where's the email about what happened in newnan, ga the other day? members of this organization were arrested & charged. they face an expensive legal battle for standing up to fascism.
you can support them here: actionnetwork.org/fundraising/su…
folks outside the south may not realize that we're fighting these people every day. my community literally just had jason kessler, the organizer of the deadly unite the right rally of august 12th, removed from a public place this afternoon! a member of my community was ARRESTED.
full house tonight at charlottesville city council! brian lambert arrived nice & early, as predicted, to sign up for public comment. he is visibly armed, which a cop tells me is allowed. chris wayne and jason kessler are here, as well.
peas in a pod, my local fash
and chris wayne, right behind them, looking as angry as usual.
hell of a lot more people here now that we’re right on the eve of passing this budget. where were y’all the last couple months? 🤷♀️
grabbed the last copy of tonight’s powerpoint. lucky me!
only just started... usually it’s kathy holding us up, but she was only 5 minutes late. still no sign of wes, but he was on crutches last night. may be having trouble getting here.
nice to hear a member of the planning commission advise the rest of the members to say “resident” not “citizen” — not everyone who lives here is a citizen!
this meeting is to plan the format of future meetings. which circle of hell is this?
i’ve never been so grateful to have a budget meeting to get to — only gonna be able to hear half of this thrilling proceeding.
abandoned ship on the planning commission work session. now at city space for the budget work session. packed house tonight!
they really ought to provide childcare at these meetings! lots of parents brought kids.
did some retro live tweeting today (aka i took notes). gonna dump 'em into a thread.
--- A12 related prelim. hearings for:
- guy who fired a gun into a crowd
- 2 guys who beat the everloving shit out of deandre harris
- cowardly little shitstain that murdered a woman
four white supremacists in court today -- richard preston (discharging a firearm within 1000 feet of a school), alex ramos (felonious assault of deandre harris), jacob goodwin (malicious wounding of deandre harris), and james alex fields (we all know damn well what he did)
charges against fields: malicious wounding (3), aggravated malicious wounding (3), felonious assault (2), felony hit & run [46.2-894], and FIRST degree murder. docket had it as 2nd, but these charges were newly amended to 1st. first 8 charges are related to 8 specific victims.