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Fatwa Arbuckle: Unperson
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Happy Twitching-Kitteh Friday, GN!

While it ain’t much in an ocean of distressing daily news, I was happy to see this story today:

https://www.ajc.com/news/local/torpy-large-man-grows-pot-admits-jury-sends-him-home/GbQJTegnfjTgqve5soljzN/?icmp=np_inform_variation-control

Javonnie McCoy was growing marijuana when the cops came to his Middle Georgia home. He was caught red-handed with it. Almost a pound of it, in fact. He admitted it to police, and later he looked jurors in the eye and said, yep, it was mine. I used it as medicine.

The jurors let him go. He was minding his own business and wasn’t hurting anybody, they reasoned. He just doesn’t belong in prison.

That’s not unreasonable.

Ultimately, what may have kept McCoy out of an orange jumpsuit was that his lawyer urged the jury to empower themselves. She told them they are not potted plants or an unthinking arm of government. They, in fact, are the government. She read to the jury a section from the Georgia Constitution that says, “The jury shall be the judges of the law and the facts.”

Judges, prosecutors and cops really hate that bit of our state constitution.

Nonetheless, the good ol’ boys downtown in the Gold Dome have yet to do anything about GA’s cannabis laws, which are some of the most draconian remaining in this country. Perhaps some day…

Sven
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Sven
2 years ago

Good to see that jury nullification is still in practice.

Happy Friday, GN.

I have my annual performance review today at teh bestest place ever! Can’t wait!!

Hi, Fatwa!!!

Fatwa Arbuckle: Unperson
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Reply to  Sven

Heya, Sven!

May your performance review acknowledge just how much you rawk!

Fatwa Arbuckle: Unperson
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The tolerant, inclusive Left (NSFW -- language):

Sven
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Sven
2 years ago

Heh. Guess he overestimated the power of his white privilege!

Fatwa Arbuckle: Unperson
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OTOH, sometimes Twitter has some cool stuff:

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
2 years ago

Happy Friday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa, and Sven!

Fatwa -- kudos to that defense attorney for educating that jury. Maybe some of them will take the lesson to heart.

Sven -- good luck in your performance review!

Sven
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Sven
2 years ago

Sigh. Once again, I’m an average employee, but the spin is that an average employee at teh bestest place ever is really waaaaaaaaaaaaay above average at any other company in America or maybe even the world. Or the universe. And a 2.75% pay increase is nothing to sneeze at.

Is there anything I could do that would make me above average? Hmmmmm. No. OK then.

At my age, performance reviews, career paths, and employee satisfaction are not much of a concern. Just keep paying me.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
2 years ago
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an average employee at teh bestest place ever is really waaaaaaaaaaaaay above average at any other company

Does that make you incredibly average?

Considering all that goes on at Teh Bestest Place Ever!, and all that you’ve been through there, I’m glad you at least got ‘average’.

That reminds me of the first company I worked for out of college. At my first performance review, I got a 3 on a five-point scale. Did I mention that I got more assignments completed than anyone else in my department? Oh, and to get a 4 or a 5, you had to be known by C-level management, which was really hard since any reports I wrote were passed up the ladder with my manager’s name on them, not mine.