Thursday, September 04, 2003

Appologies and Counter-Posts-YACCS is still hosed due to a server crash. The YACCS site has them shipping a backup server and getting back up by Monday night. Well, it has been worth the price. I'm about this close to moving over to TypePad to provide a more robust package than Blogger. I had begrudged myself the money that a server would cost. However, I don't begrudge Eileen spending money on stuff for her Lake Wales Chorale and the church dance group that she just joined, so why should I begrudge an upgrade of my little ministry? I'm not sure if Typepad is the best option, but Movable Type seems to be the way to go and I'm not in the mood to play server geek. I could probably get server space and get MT installed, but the Typepad Pro seems to be an option that would be more condusive to my sanity. ________ Two quick counter-posts. The first is on Gov. Owens. Chris Burgwald take exception to my early funeral for his presidential hopes
hold your horses, guys! A separation is just that... a separation. In his statement, Owens says, "We hope to be able to work through this soon." It doesn't sound like things are totally done yet, does it? Of course, it is fine to discuss Owens' political future should he be divorced, but that isn't necessarily what will happen... let's hope and pray that it doesn't.
Agreed. My mind was fast-forwarding, assuming a divorce or permanent separation. If they work out whatever the problem was and the problem isn't infidelity, then he might still have a shot. However, if things don't get patched up, my assessment stands. Clarification two-I picked up an F in Constitutional Law from Professor Collins, who pointed out that it's the Sixth Amendment that the Supremes used to mandate that juries give out death sentences. However, here is the text of the Sixth Amendment
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
It says that all criminal prosecutions need to be tried by jury. What got shot down was a plan to have the jury convict the person and then assign the duty of sentencing to a judge. The amendment doesn't specify what the scope of the jury's duties was. If the jury has to be the body that decides prison sentences, then our whole parole system and good-behavior mechanisms may also be unconstitutional, for they modify a sentence handed down by a jury. That being said, I can also see where the Supremes came to a different conclusion.

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