Saturday, September 06, 2008

Frankly, it smells a little funny, too

Two cannibals are eating a clown. One turns to the other and says, "Does this taste funny to you?"

Yes, it both tastes and smells funny. The it is the most recent move by the prosecutor in Commonwealth of Virginia v. Ryan Frederick: Prosecutor's bid to move Frederick trial is a rarity.

Kristin Davis, in her Virginian-Pilot article, notes,

Ebert said this week that the publicity surrounding the case of Ryan Frederick - some of which he characterized as inaccurate and based on speculation - has made a fair trial impossible in Chesapeake. Ebert was named the special prosecutor in the case because he is from another jurisdiction and has no ties to Chesapeake police.

Much of that publicity he mentioned has come from the Internet. A number of people have come forward in person or online to support Frederick or to criticize the police's actions the night Detective Jarrod Shivers was shot and killed.
For a fairly complete list of this mobocracy action on the Internet, see this page on A Wiki Called Reason.

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