Comments by Visduh

No county for retirees

San Clemente?
— September 5, 2014 4:24 p.m.

Sun God kills, baby

Gee, monahan, you're full of surprises. You posted a comment that was thoughtful and one that didn't raise my hackles. Those universities are doing a wretched job of providing housing for students, especially the younger underclassmen/women, that is conducive to academic success. I've had experience with sending a frosh off to a UC campus twice. In one instance the roommate was not a problem because he was seldom in the room to do anything except sleep. Upon his arrival in the SD area, he learned of the Mexican liquor laws that allow 18-year-olds to drink, and hence he spent much of his free time in TJ. In the other case, the roommate was from Hell, and made my kid's life miserable until he bailed out after two quarters. In that case, there were self-generated profiles used to assist in making assignments. But how many kids are going to admit that they plan to spend the year partying and in an alcohol-induced haze, awake all night, and asleep during the day? Oh no, "they're there to study." Yeah, right. And in more than a few instances, the parents would exert their influence to have them assigned to a "study" dorm, because that's what they need to do. I doubt that even if a campus decided to have something like a quiet dorm it would be a quiet place. Parents would keep pushing their party-animal kids into them, and ruin the atmosphere anyway. That second UC campus did such a good job of making a case of how they had banished booze from the dorms that I was convinced. Then my kid was there, and I soon learned that nothing was farther from the truth, and that the RA's could do nothing about it. So, I agree with your appraisal of the situation.
— September 5, 2014 11:31 a.m.

Julie Harper may claim self-defense

This is going to be a tough job for Pfingsto. There's no doubt as to who pulled the trigger. I'd guess that if he's going to put her on the stand, that's desperation showing. But once on the stand, she has to answer questions from the prosecution, and will have to "explain away", i.e. make look reasonable, some very strange things, more than one of which can be seen as premeditation. Harder yet will be for her to explain her conduct immediately after shooting him. It came across as utterly calloused and also incriminating. So far in the pretrial portion of the case the judge has ruled against the prosecution in most of its key motions. This issue of the handgun used to shoot the victim is most curious. Just who has it? If she's going to go for self-defense, the best way to establish credibility is to come clean, and cooperate with police and even the DA. That has not happened at all. The rulings suggest the judge is attempting to tilt the case to the defense. Also relevant is the conduct of Pfingsto himself in the hours after the shooting. His actions come across as highly questionable for an attorney, and he strayed perilously close to the line of becoming an accessory (unless he did fully cross the line.) At one point Watanabe was planning to call his as a witness in regard to that "getaway bag." Paul hasn't been doing so well lately in his defenses, and this one might be his undoing. Final comment: Yes, she has made her appearance far more appealing than it has been at any time since her arrest. We will soon see if it was all for naught.
— September 5, 2014 8:49 a.m.

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