June 5th, 2008

Conviction

Tony Rezko was convicted today, in federal court, on 16 of 24 counts.  He may end up sentenced to more time than he has left to live.  And he still faces another big federal trial.  If he continues to keep his mouth shut, he's tougher than I thought.

I work near the federal court building, so I walked over after work.  The media was huddled together in a press area on the ground floor.  I stood a few feet away, separated by the plate glass window, watching them.  They were milling about, anxiously waiting for major players to appear.  I watched as Rezko's lawyer showed up and gave an interview.

Rezko didn't show  up.  He decided to start doing his time.  I saw a white prisoner van pulling out of the garage, sirens blaring.  One of the reporters pointed at it and said "there he goes!"  Perhaps.

The prosecuting attorneys hadn't shown up yet, and unlike the reporters it wasn't my job to wait for them, so I took off.

I had a train to catch,
and a yoga class to stretch.

Rezko had a room with a lock
in a state of shock.

Let The Dialog Begin

Said the pollster to the voter:
Come and lend your voice:
Which man are you thinking of?
Who makes your heart rejoice?

Said the voter to the pollster:
Neither do I love.
I'm thinking that I need a choice
for none of the above.

Whack-a-Mole

The R. Kelly underage-sex-video trial has taken a strange turn.

Now they're arguing about a mole that's on Kelly's back.

If the guy on the tape is back-mole-free, then it can't be R. Kelly.  The state's expert says you can see the mole, now and then, on the grainy old video.

The Kelly expert says it's not
a mole at all, just a shadowy spot
that fades in and out of view
which a big ole mole wouldn't do.

Of course, we're not allowed to see the tape and judge for ourselves - it's child porn!  At least, the prosecution claims it is.  Anyway, no one can see it.  Unless you're sitting in the courtroom.  Then it's okay.

I gather that looking at child porn isn't a crime, as such, but that owning some, or copying some, must be against the law.  You may have noticed that they always charge people with "downloading" it to their computers.  But... technically... every time you "just look" at an image on the internet, it in fact gets "downloaded" to your computer.  These laws seem to have been written in the age of online bulletin boards.

Meanwhile, technology marches on, and now teenagers are taking naked photos of themselves with their cell phones and sending the pics along to special friends.  Some of these pics end up on the net.
The images are complicating the work of investigators whose job is to find exploited children. Authorities trying to identify youngsters in naked photos are increasingly discovering that the teens themselves took the shots, said John Shehan, a director at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Part of the problem seems to be
that full-blown cases of puberty
arrive before they're legally free
to swim the deep end of the sea.

Dedication

My son's dissertation is dedicated to a dying man - the father of a friend - who first got him excited about physics, "who encouraged us to measure gravity in the basement."

Not everyone knows that gravity is measurable.
Even fewer find this activity pleasurable.