Friday, January 18, 2019

AN AMAZON REVIEW OF "PRAIRIE DEFENDER: THE MURDER TRIALS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN"

Review by Able Devildog:

January 16, 2019

BEING A LONG TIME LINCOLN RESEARCHER AND A VETERAN TRIAL LAWYER, I FOUND 
THIS BOOK MOST INTERESTING, PARTICULARLY BECAUSE THE AUTHOR DEBUNKS 
CRITICISM OF LINCOLN BY SEVERAL WRITERS ABOUT HIS ABILITY AS A TRIAL LAWYER 
WHICH I HAVE ALWAYS CONSIDERED QUESTIONABLE BASED UPON MY OWN RESEARCH.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

QUORA QUESTION: How do lawyers evaluate the truthfulness of eye witness testimony?

At a bare minimum, you should look at the demeanor of the witness, the inherent probability of the account, any internal inconsistencies in the account, whether the account is consistent with previous statements by the witness, whether the witness has any bias against the accused or any family or group to which the accused belongs, whether the evidence at the crime scene supports the account, and whether the witness’s testimony is supported by the testimony of other witnesses. Uncorroborated eyewitness testimony is highly suspect. Most DNA exonerations in wrongful conviction cases come from convictions based on uncorroborated eyewitness testimony.

Monday, November 19, 2018

A MILESTONE REACHED

It seems like forever that I have been transcribing the testimony from the 4,000+ page record of the trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann in the Lindbergh Kidnapping Case. I have transcribed up to page 1,079, which means I am more than 20% through the transcript. Hopefully the next 3,000+ pages won't go as slowly as the first 1,079. Here's a link to the latest witness I have transcribed: HILDEGARDE OLGA ALEXANDER.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

QUORA QUESTION: Was there a massacre performed by the U.S. military after the Japanese troops had surrendered at Iwo Jima?

Bob Dekle
Bob Dekle, former Assistant State Attorney (1975-2005)




There was no formal surrender. The Japanese weren’t into surrendering. After a little over a month of fighting General Kuribayashi ordered his men to make one last midnight suicide attack, and the following morning he committed ritual seppuku. The island was then declared to be secured because it was believed that all enemy combat troops had been killed, captured, or committed suicide. Then some Japanese who were hiding out in caves and tunnels attempted a massacre.
Since the island was “secured,” somebody decided it was time to collect everyone’s weapons for storage. No need for firearms after the battle was over, right? Luckily, not all the firearm were collected. Approximately 280 uncaptured holdouts took advantage of the situation to make a nighttime attack on a bivouac consisting of a hodgepodge of men, mostly non-combatant troops. At 5:15 am the Japanese hit the bivouac from three directions. They were among the tents knifing sleeping Americans before any response could be made. By a stroke of luck, the main attack hit the Marines 5th Pioneer Battalion, who were not frontline combat troops but of the men in the bivouac were the ones most familiar with ground combat. They fended off two waves of attackers. It was touch and go for a while, but Marines from the Fifth Division, who were preparing to board a ship, joined the melee. The attack was finally contained at 8:00 am when a company from the Army’s 147th Infantry Regiment arrived with a flamethrower tank. When it was over 44 airmen and 9 Marines lay dead. Wounded numbered 88 airmen and 31 Marines. The attacking party’s casualties were 262 dead and 18 captured.
Sources: Bill D. Ross, “Iwo Jima: Legacy of Valor;” oral communication from my father, who fought on Iwo Jima as a member of the Third Marine Division.