Archive for March 25th, 2007

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Fulton Sun:

MSD continues push for preschool

By MARCUS WILKINS
The Fulton Sun

“It’s difficult for most hearing people to imagine a world without sound.

Even more baffling is imagining a world without real contact, relationships or friends. For many little ones taking that first plunge into the classroom, it is a reality they are forced to confront and overcome.

There is a philosophical rift in the deaf education community…”

Mobile, AL | Pensacola, FL | Gulf Shores – School for deaf and blind hired felons for construction jobs:

“School for deaf and blind hired felons for construction jobs

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. According to interviews and documents, the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind let felons on its campus to complete construction projects during the past two years.

The St. Augustine Record reported today that current and former staff members started to complain about the felons to school and state officials about nine months ago, saying that the school…”

Argus Leader Media – Region: “Biases create shallow jury pool
Race, sexual orientation among sensitive topics in Daphne Wright trial

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By Josh Verges
jverges@argusleader.com
Published: March 25, 2007

A bowling fan, a cop’s daughter and a bartender walked into a Minnehaha County courtroom earlier this month.

After an extended welcome from the judge, defense lawyer Jeff Larson engaged them in a discussion to get at the following question: If my client is black, deaf and a lesbian, and is accused of killing and dismembering a woman, can you still give her a fair trial?

And in turn, the bowling fan, the cop’s daughter and the bartender revealed their prejudices – before a dozen other potential jurors, the judge, six lawyers, news reporters and the accused killer herself.

Understandably, more than half of the 800 Minnehaha County drivers and voters summoned to hear the capital murder case against Daphne Wright didn’t show up for court.

“Juries are very interesting because you have groups of strangers talking about very different things from what they’re used to talking about,” said University of Nevada-Las Vegas Criminal Justice Chairman Joel Lieberman, a psychologist who researches jury decision-making.

In this case, jury selection probably will wrap up Monday. It will have taken 16 days to qualify 59 jurors. From that number, lawyers from each side will cross off names until they get to 12 jurors and three alternates. …”