Sitting Point

19 Dec 18
South Jersey Art, Music & Culture Blog

ArtC was started, the idea for ArtC, in 2010 when I was at the meetings in Atlantic City when they were saying we want to have an Arts District… I got excited about the fact that Atlantic City wanted to do something serious with the Arts and they wanted us to promote the district and what they’re doing… so a couple people involved with the CRDA came to us and said hey you guys seem to be doing a lot can you form something that will help us promote the Arts in Atlantic City… so ArtC was born.

19 Dec 18
The Life She Imagined

I’m putting my kids to sleep while writing this post. My mind is in a bit of turmoil as I am dealing with some very negative emotions. Context I had a baby nine months ago, my third and last. During the pregnancy my depression was terrible and affected every moment of my life at that […]

19 Dec 18
Kinds nasal sprayers

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19 Dec 18
Leave The Light On

There comes a point in all journeys that the new reality becomes normalized. This can be a good thing because this means any stress associated with a new situation has hopefully faded away. In my situation there also seems to be the perceived down side of normalization in that I have been doing this long […]

19 Dec 18
WHISKEY AND CIGARETTES

A resounding smack cut through the room like a knife. There was a breath of silence—blessed silence—before the wailing started. Hart ground his teeth, fists clenched, knees trembling. Rhoades sucked in a gulp of air—silence once more—then screamed again. Hart forced his eyes open, urging himself to look. It was a familiar sight: Captain Ward […]

19 Dec 18
The Reporter
Attorneys in the trial of a Vallejo man charged with a murder more than five years ago in the city argued vigorously Tuesday morning to either convict or acquit the defendant, and the jury began deliberations shortly after noon in Vallejo. The panel will determine the fate of Michael Leon Williams, who faces a first-degree murder charge related to the March 17, 2013, shooting death of Michael Weil, 65, a transient who reportedly was staying in the garage of a home in the 400 block of Hichborn Street, not far from Mare Island Way.  If convicted, Williams faces 25 years to life in state prison, with the possibility of more time behind bars because of a prior strike, court records indicate. After a four-day trial and initial deliberations, the jury will return to Judge Daniel Healy’s courtroom at 8:30 a.m. today to continue mulling the case, which took a turn after a November 2016 Solano County Jail interview with a witness, a female acquaintance of Williams. Deputy District Attorney Melainee Collins began her final argument dramatically, saying, “I killed that mother——”  and “If you tell anyone, I’ll kill you.” She referred to statements Williams made to Elizabeth Logan after Williams allegedly shot Weil and drove away from the residence, statements Logan recalled during her testimony Monday. Collins described Williams, who is in his early 30s, as “so self-absorbed” that he would kill to get what he wanted, which was “rent money” that the prosecutor said he did not deserve and a bottle of Everclear alcohol that Weil refused to give up on demand. “Michael Williams is evil,” she said, standing at a lectern and facing the jury box, adding that the evidence indicated Williams shot and killed Weil. She also referred to another witness’ testimony, saying Deidre “Skye” Bennett, a resident of the Hichborn home, who said she saw two black men leaving the detached garage and walk down a steep driveway to the street. Collins said Bennett identified Williams, who had a relationship with her sister, “even though she did not see his face.” Collins disputed arguments made by defense attorney Vincent Maher, who said Logan at the time had smoked methamphetamine with Williams the day before and was a known substance abuser, thu, her testimony was unreliable. Collins implored jurors to evaluate “all the statements” made during the trial, adding that Logan “was consistent” in her remarks about Williams’ behavior after the shooting. She said Williams made “a decision to kill,” that he had malice aforethought, in part because he went to a trailer park to retrieve a .22-caliber revolver eventually used in the shooting. “He took a gun and he took Mr. Weil’s life,” said Collins. At the outset of his closing argument, Maher referred to a quote he attributed to Shakespeare: “Oh what a tangled web we weave/When first we practice to deceive.” It was written by Sir Walter Scott, from his 1808 poem “Marmion.” But Maher’s point was this: That witnesses against Williams lied on the stand, that their recollections were unreliable, that they were people “who have used methamphetamine all their lives,” he asserted. His statement alluded to a physician’s testimony on Monday during which the doctor, an expert in addiction pathology, detailed the consequences of prolonged methamphetamine use including impaired memory, distorted thinking, its impacts on perception and its potential to lead to “toxic psychosis.” Frequent meth users, Dr. Alex Stacup said, are also aggressive, violent, go without sleep for days and their memories can be clouded. Maher discounted Bennett’s testimony that one of the men she saw walking down the driveway to Hichborn had “loose dreads” and may have been Williams. He showed booking photographs of Williams, questioned shortly after the shooting but not arrested and who at the time did not have loose dreads, and another man Kristopher Cathey, who did. Maher also challenged the jurors to discount Logan’s testimony, saying it was from a person who, as she testified, had only been “clean and sober” for 30 days, and to question Bennett’s 911 call, in which she said one of the suspects “might have been Michael Williams.” Maher also noted that several witnesses appeared to give contradictory testimony and asserted police investigators “didn’t verify anything,” including the identity of a man named “Ray Ray,” from whom Williams allegedly retrieved the gun, and whether or not Williams drove a green Jeep that belonged his mother on the day of the shooting. “The people’s burden” of proof beyond a reasonable doubt must reflect the evidence, he said. In one particularly dramatic moment, Maher stepped away from the lectern, walked over the defense table, pounded on it, with Williams sitting expressionless there, looked at the jurors and said that the prosecutor “wants you to find the defendant guilty” on, essentially, questionable evidence. In other statements, Maher said the DA investigator, Raul I. Munoz, a former Vallejo police officer and detective, reported on what Logan, 38, told him during the November 2016 jail interview “but he didn’t verify anything.” “This is an opportunity to bring justice to this case,” he said, ending his closing argument. In rebuttal, Collins noted that none of the witnesses knew or what the others saw or believed. She added that the investigation took years to complete and scoffed at Maher’s notion that Logan’s testimony should be discounted “because we don’t know who Ray Ray is?” She reiterated that Logan was “consistent” in her testimony and reminded jurors that she initially did not come forward in 2013 because Williams threatened her life. “Why would she lie about that?” Collins asked rhetorically.
19 Dec 18
The Inheritance House

by Theresa Classe It begins several days before Christmas Eve… I begin my journey to the dollar store to buy gifts for a family game. I am excited knowing I am about to watch my children be silly, laughing and enjoying each other. Christmas Eve comes and we’re all sitting around. My children are waiting […]

19 Dec 18
Sienna Swann

  REC:   “How easy it is to live in a twisted form of reality inside the feeble minds of those in power like Katya? Or could it be Syren once again spreading her “truths” which are nothing more than fabrications of the reality we live in today closing out the 2018 campaign of the […]

19 Dec 18
Playoff Ready Sports

What is going on with the UCF faithful? The past two years I felt the University of Central Florida’s Football Program has been very good.  I still feel like they can play with anyone in the country. However they have not been able to prove to the College Football Playoff Committee that they are worthy […]

19 Dec 18
stupidtom.com

Owning cars is an awful pain in the wallet. No matter how you go about it there is trouble. Right now our 2008 Party Barge with 170,000 miles is sitting in the shop awaiting diagnosis. This isn’t a shock but the thing started leaking like someone blasted the engine with a shotgun. I know it’s […]

19 Dec 18
Hot Takes & Harsh Reality

The Boston Bruins are currently sitting 4th in the Atlantic Division; four points behind newfound rival, Toronto Maple Leafs. High expectations have left some fans in disarray after the first three months of the season. In reality, this is what Bruins fans should have expected. Just like last year, goalie controversy was a topic of […]

19 Dec 18
Uncomfortable

Mar. 15, 2018 at 7:24 AM   Isaiah 47:10 You have trusted in your wickedness and have said ‘no one sees me’ Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say to yourself, I am, and therefore is none beside me. I am not perfect, I am not all knowing, and I certainly am not God. I have a confession […]

19 Dec 18
KTLA

Nevada became the first state in the U.S. with an overall female majority in the Legislature on Tuesday when county officials in Las Vegas appointed two women to fill vacancies in the state Assembly. The appointments of Democrats Rochelle Thuy Nguyen and Beatrice “Bea” Angela Duran to two Las Vegas-area legislative seats give women 51 […]

19 Dec 18
Humans of UIWSOM

I cannot think back to a single childhood moment when I heard a woman close to me say “I love myself.” My mother always complained about her pale lips, or sunken eyes, or too-round tummy. My friends complained about their stretch marks, pimples, body hair, and how boys didn’t want to date chubby girls. My […]

19 Dec 18
NYDaily.nyc

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada became the first state in the U.S. with an overall female majority in the Legislature on Tuesday when county officials in Las Vegas appointed two women to fill vacancies in the state Assembly. The appointments of Democrats Rochelle Thuy Nguyen and Beatrice “Bea” Angela Duran to two Las Vegas-area legislative…