By the end of the first day of deliberations, the majority of the jurors decided to go with “First Degree Murder”. I argued that I couldn’t find a willful and premeditated intent to justify First Degree murder verdict. I also pointed out that from all the facts presented to us, it was clear that the “victims” were armed, had a history of violence, were wearing their “colorz”, and from the video footage, it seemed that they were itching for a “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral” style shootout.
Among the most prominent themes in the Hebrew Bible are the concepts of sin, punishment, repentance, and restoration. Chapter 28 of the book of Deuteronomy, known as the “blessing and curse”, makes it abundantly clear what the rules of the game are. Follow the law and you will enjoy fantastic entrepreneurial success and overflowing prosperity, disobey it, and you’ll be punished with the worst forms of war, exile, anarchy, and poverty.
The whole event is a strange combination of high-tech magic show, circus act, and speed dating. Following the philosophy that there is no such thing as bad press, it’s not unusual to have a presenters accompany their product demo while playing a ukulele solo or performing a juggling act.