I thought the prosecutor did an excellent job of pointing out how social media ran amok in this situation and you had people on both sides claiming and repeating things that had no basis in fact. Once that started to happen, the once responsible media picked up on the false accounts and next thing you know, this was being tried in the court of public opinion. And we the public weren't privy to what the GJ was.
Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. ~W.C. Fields
"The law is reason, free from passion."
Funny how they were pissed about the no fly zone...and last night the ones on the ground were getting hit with bricks.
The Crowd is not the sum of its parts.
Ich habe schon Pferde vor der Apotheke kotzen sehen.
The press was doing its job. Which is to report what people were saying. If you interpreted that as being "facts," that is your problem, if you don't understand the difference between reporting a fact and reporting what a witness is saying.
That's why the GJ is so important. All the witnesses were presented in person, so they could be questioned, and their statements taken under oath. There were 60 witnesses. A lot of contradiction. Some witnesses, it turned out, didn't really see the incident, and some saw only part of it. The GJ waded through all the testimony, as well as the forensic evidence, and videotapes.
What the GJ heard and saw....that's evidence. What the press reports is what people SAY to them. Not evidence.