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Jon Erik Kingstad

Afton, MN
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Posted on 12/01/14 at 11:56 am in response to Why riots? A lawyer's thoughts on Ferguson

One reason we have the guarantee of a speedy, public trial in this country is to dispel the questions that remain when a high profile, suspicious death occurs. For many people, the grand jury's failure to indict officer Wilson is equivalent to exoneration but for many others, it leaves many questions which might have been answered in a public trial unanswered. Officer Wilson's action remains under a cloud of doubt that only will serve to fuel speculation, mistrust, fear and anger in our...

Posted on 12/01/14 at 03:11 pm in response to Why riots? A lawyer's thoughts on Ferguson

Thanks for the link. I wonder if you actually read it? It also says:

"The purposes of the requirement of open trials are multiple: it helps to assure the criminal defendant a fair and accurate adjudication of guilt or innocence, it provides a public demonstration of fairness, it discourages perjury, the misconduct of participants, and decisions based on secret bias or partiality. The Court has also expatiated upon the therapeutic value to the community of open trials to enable the...

How about some specific examples rather than an ad hominem attack on a source?

Posted on 11/25/14 at 05:47 pm in response to Bill Clinton on our ‘one remaining bigotry’

is wrong. There is no bigotry in America.

Posted on 11/26/14 at 08:30 am in response to Bill Clinton on our ‘one remaining bigotry’

said.

Posted on 11/21/14 at 05:11 pm in response to Obama’s immigration maneuver: This isn’t how it’s supposed to work

Nothing like quoting a biased pundit who succinctly misstates what the President actually said:

Quoting in part:

"Now here’s the thing: We expect people who live in this country to play by the rules. We expect that those who cut the line will not be unfairly rewarded. So we’re going to offer the following deal: If you’ve been in America for more than five years; if you have children who are American citizens or legal residents; if you register, pass a criminal background check...

The point of Posner's article, which I agree with, is that the non-prosecution (or deferred prosecution) of certain types of laws does not amount to repeal.

I don't understand the right's obsession with immigration. It is completely unrealistic to deport millions of people who have made lives and become contributing members of the community or to to create some sort of fortress-like border to stop the tide of illegal immigration. The problem is fundamentally an economic one which at...

Posted on 11/17/14 at 03:15 pm in response to John Harris on political B.S.

The problem in "studying entrails" is not about forecasting future elections by political junkies. It's how the winners construe those interpretations in governing, or in the case of the GOP, not-governing.

Was the election a mandate on Obamacare? That's a fair interpretation. But is it a mandate for repeal of Obamacare and return to the status quo ante? Polls show that the public supports public financing of health care, including single payer, by wide margins. The public also...

Posted on 11/18/14 at 12:14 pm in response to John Harris on political B.S.

Obama has been a disappointment. He certainly has lost credibility as an agent of "hope and change." But can you really blame just him when the GOP made "anti-hope and change" its main goal?

And how can you compare his record over the past six years with George W. Bush's over the previos eight?

True, the IRS under Obama has investigated the tax -exempt status of right-wing groups to determine if they were misusing their tax-exempt status for political purposes. But this...

Posted on 11/17/14 at 09:34 am in response to In defense of the Met Council

I appreciate Mr. Dornfield's insight and perspective on the Met. Council. I cannot disagree with his comment that "[t]he metro area and neighboring counties need a way to coordinate their planning for growth, transportation, sewers, water supply and other issues."

But if anything, his comment understates the degree to which "managers and administrators" run the Met. Council. For the communities in the suburbs, the "Met. Council" are not the Governor's appointees; the "Met. Council"...