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  1. Semi-OT: Gus rumor

    I thought I heard that Guy signed a new contract at Y98 recently. If I'm remembering correctly, that would make this an odd time to make a move.
  2. OT: Finally Some Good STL News

    Ok. I stand corrected.
  3. Marketing department

    How many people showed up with dogs? If I didn't have somewhere else I needed to be, I'd have considered going to get the dog bowl, and would have given it to someone that has a dog, as I don't have one. From the thing I saw, you had to show up with a dog to get the giveaway.
  4. OT: Finally Some Good STL News

    I agree with your general comments on sound trial strategy. With that noted, there are a few issues with your comments: First, the current Circuit Attorney for the City of St. Louis (aka the head prosecutor for the city), and her predecessor, are both women. Second, unless this case was a complete anamoly, the Circuit Attorney herself did not actually try the case. The Circuit Attorney never tries cases. Bob McCullough in the County doesn't try cases either. Cases are tried by a fleet of Assistant Circuit/Prosecuting Attorneys. Decisions on trial strategy would have likely been made by the attorneys actually trying the case. If I remember correctly, the decision to pursue charges in this case was made by the former Circuit Attorney. Maybe I'm mistaking what you're trying to say, but it appears that you're suggesting that the prosecutor contested their own witness. The places where the witness contradicted their own testimony came when Stockley's attorney got to cross-examine them. Even the best witnesses are probably going to have some hole that can be poked in their testimony. The bottom line is that the prosecutor(s) trying the case had to make what they believed was the best case they could make given the facts they had. I have no idea if another strategy would have been any better, but sometimes you have to go with what you think is best, and hope that it's enough to persuade a judge or jury.
  5. OT: Finally Some Good STL News

    I don't think I would describe the prosecutor as "incompetent". Remember, it was several years before formal charges were brought in this case. Some might say that was due to some systemic biases or issues, but I think it was more likely due to a recognition that this case had some holes in it. In a less high profile situation, charges may never have been filed. Here, the decision was made to pursue those charges. When you do that, you have to present what you believe is your best case. Unfortunately for the prosecutor, Stockley had an outstanding attorney who was able to poke enough holes in that case to amount to reasonable doubt in the eyes of the judge.
  6. OT: Finally Some Good STL News

    The burden of proof in a civil suit is also lower than in a criminal case. I don't know how close the judge's decision was, but to convict in a criminal case, you need "beyond a reasonable doubt", which while not officially quantified, is generally in the upper 90s percent. As an example, if Judge Wilson thought Stockley was 75% likely to be guilty of Murder 1, that's an acquittal in criminal court, but the city/Stockley would be liable in a civil suit. Therefore, I don't know if it's as much of a choice of paying money over prosecuting, but rather a reality that to incarcerate someone, a higher burden of proof is required. I thought that the heroin dealers having guns comment was unnecessary by the judge, as prior to that, he had done several paragraphs indicating why the state had failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the gun wasn't Smith's. I neither attended the trial, nor did I read the transcripts of it, so I'm not going to act like I know the facts of the case better than someone who did. With that noted, the judge's verdict clearly shows that in his view, the prosecution fell short of proving what it needed to prove. There were several instances where the judge found that prosecution witnesses, on cross-examination, made statements that cast doubt on previously made testimony. One of those was when a forensic professional, testifying for the state, admitted that it was possible for Smith to not have his DNA on the gun even if it was his gun.
  7. Recruiting to Optimal Vision (c/o 2020)

    I asked about whether he was related to Justin a few months ago. Response was that he was not.
  8. OT: Finally Some Good STL News

    Im glad you like it, but my big takeaway from this statement is that Denver and Nashville must have atrocious public transit systems.
  9. Just putting this out there: yesterday I saw a woman walking around Kiener Plaza with a professional enough camera and walking 2 Salukis on leashes. Before you know it, St. Louis landmarks will be plastered on school logos all over the place.
  10. Top 144

    So, we haven't made the list yet? Ok, I'll check back later.
  11. SLU Soccer 2017

    My work had a stack of I'd say at least 100 tickets at the front desk available to anyone who wanted them. My guess is we weren't the only business in the area that got this treatment. My guess is that the amount of tickets distributed far exceeds the stadium capacity.
  12. Frank Cusumano on Torrence Watson

    Wasn't Frank right about Goodwin and Gordon? Thatch too maybe?
  13. Recruiting - 2019

    That's a fair point. When you used to suggest that some players should be given a chance by SLU, I always read that to mean that SLU should be offering those kids. If by such a statement you were only suggesting that "a chance" meant that SLU should watch a few more of his games, and if the kid didn't impress enough to merit an offer, move on, then maybe there was a misunderstanding. My guess is that I'm not the only person here who thought that you were advocating for SLU to offer every kid you mentioned that ended up playing D-2 or D-3.
  14. Recruiting - 2019

    I remember you touting McLemore, and to a lesser degree Harrellson, so I'll give you some credit for those. Here's where I think you rubbed a few people (myself included) the wrong way. On numerous occasions, I recall you naming local players who, at face value, weren't anything special at the high school level, and I'm not talking about freshmen or sophomores; I'm talking about juniors or seniors. Nevertheless, you'd suggest that SLU should "give him a chance." Even if SLU wasn't making NCAA tournaments at the time, I don't think that building a program on taking flyers on players that otherwise were not considered to be Division 1 level talent was the way to compete in the Atlantic 10. I understand that at the time, SLU was the only D-1 school in the STL metropolitan area, but it doesn't mean that we needed to be in the business of handing out scholarships as borderline charity. I can't speak for others, but that's how I interpreted your perception of SLU.
  15. OT: Austin McBroom engaged

    So I was on YouTube a minute ago, and check out what was a "Trending" video: 3.8 million views. Unfreaking-believable.