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The government was not asked to weep and wail or set out on uncharted waters from scratch, rather to sit down and listen to the people closest to the epicentre of an unrelenting tragedy and get some work done.
Society can lock folks away in all sorts of ways, never, can wisdom, hope, love – humanity be stamped out. In fact they tend to flourish and make society look weak and foolish at times.
By Mandrel Miller G29534
P.O. Box 1902
Tehachapi, CA 93581
In 2006, I was in the Wayside facility of the LA County Jail fighting at three-strike case for robbery when I met this OG pimp named “Dark Gable.”
Dark Gable was in his early forties, about 6′ 2” with dark skin and an afro. He always kept a makeshift scarf tied around his neck as a pimp trademark. He was an eloquent, very eloquent pimp like Goldie “the Mack” with a real gift for Gab.
He slept on the bunk next to mine, so we become fairly acquainted given the circumstances. We talked all the time. He had some of the most interesting pimp stories I’ve ever heard. Needless to say, these stories were extremely long, like a TV series. So you had to be patient because if he started one, he damn sure was going to finish it.
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The full implications of his mental state were not comprehended at the trial. Even with reasonable diligence on the part of the defense, no discovery was then possible that could have thrown sufficient light upon the complex cognitive processes and forces affecting his beliefs
Blood salted the trial with an evocative image even though the Crown offered no evidence to prove the notion, and the defense neglected to call for it.
You would think that this kind of shadow over the integrity of the criminal justice system would provoke high level concern . . . but a distaste for disclosure and an aversion to inquiry endures.
It is expected that the final touches to the application for special leave to appeal in the High Court of Australia will be completed and the papers filed very soon. . . . the outcome in the Bromley case is going to be very significant.
Justice Kirby touched on the conundrum . . . it's virtually impossible for a prisoner to prove himself . . . despite the fact that he is expected to do so and to do so under pressure.
'I wasn't there, I didn't do it' That's the only defense Derek Bromley offered at his 1985 trial? There's no doubt he was on the Morphett Street Bridge near the south bank of the Torrens River as he admits. But will everything else be as it seems?