Defending the indefensible

Indefensible

If you say that a statement, action, or idea is indefensible, you mean that it cannot be justified or supported because it is completely wrong or unacceptable.

His action was indefensible.
She described the new policy as ‘morally indefensible’.

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That cannot be defended or excused because it is morally unacceptable. indefensible behaviour.

The Prime Minister was accused of defending the indefensible.

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Cart before horse

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1 Prosecutorial Misconduct: Attorney Brendan Sullivan Extended Interview

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27 mrt. 2013

http://to.pbs.org/14p1OXa Famed criminal defense attorney Brendan Sullivan rarely gives interviews, but he did sit down with contributing correspondent Tim O’Brien recently to discuss the ill-fated prosecution of the late Alaska Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK). The charges were ultimately thrown out because of ethical violations of the prosecutors who withheld critical evidence from the defense and stood silently as some of their key witnesses testified falsely. Sullivan talks about what went wrong in the case and offers some suggestions for improvements at the U.S. Department of Justice.

2 Prosecutorial Misconduct

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27 sep. 2021

Prosecutorial Misconduct, Professor Ellen Yaroshefsky, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
 
This session was recorded in December of 2020.
 
This video is part of Actual Innocence & Wrongful Convictions – A Deep Dive, a multi-part series taking a look at the contributing factors of wrongful convictions, the organizations fighting for the individuals, and the recommendations for the future.
 
This very special program is intended to help educate members of the public about wrongful convictions and actual innocence. It is funded by a grant from the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation.
 
Questions or Feedback? cail@cailaw.org
 
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3 BostonTalks Investigates: Prosecutorial Misconduct

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31 mei 2016

Prosecutors in Massachusetts wield incredible power and can break the rules with little consequence. Even when prosecutors’ misdeeds have prompted courts to toss convictions and release defendants from prison, those same prosecutors have gone on to hold higher public positions. NECIR Investigative Reporter Brooke Williams leads a discussion on these issues, their impacts and the surrounding lack of transparency. 
 
WGBH General Manager of Radio Phil Redo and NECIR’s Executive Director and Co-Founder Joe Bergantino begin an evening of probing questions with Williams and panelists Veronica J. White, criminal defense attorney, Diane Juliar, Clinical Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School and former Judge Carol Ball.

4 Common Ground on Conviction Review

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26 apr. 2017

Quattrone Center’s 2017 Spring Symposium:
Common Ground: Preventing Errors In Criminal Justice
April 20-21, 2017
 
Common Ground on Conviction Review Panelists:
Glenn Funk, Kathleen Martin, Rico Valdez, Mike Ware
 
Moderators: John Hollway

5 Case in Point podcast: Wrongful Convictions

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7 feb. 2017

In this Case in Point podcast, John Hollway and Jason Flom discuss innocence cases and criminal justice reform. For more information and for additional viewing/listening options, go to www.caseinpoint.org. 
 
Case in Point podcast provides smart, informative conversations about the law, society, and culture. By bringing together top scholars with experts on politics, business, health, education, and science, Case in Point gives an in-depth look at how the law touches every part of our lives.

6 “How to Read a Case” with UVA Law Professor Anne Coughlin

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23 sep. 2015

Professor Anne Coughlin explains how to read a case to first-year students during an event hosted by the Black Law Students Association. (Sept. 17, 2015, University of Virginia School of Law)
 
 

7 Think Like a Lawyer | Adam Lange | TEDxGrinnellCollege

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10 dec. 2018

The practice of zeal. How to zealously advocate for your cause. Keep being a zealous advocate; but in the process, don’t forget to be an advocate for yourself. Adam ’11 graduate of Grinnell and the oldest of three children, all first-generation college students and Grinnell graduates. While attending Grinnell, Adam majored in Political Science and Gender, Women’s, & Sexuality Studies, captained the Mock Trial program, and studied off campus at Grinnell-in-Washington including an internship with the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.
 
Adam presently works for Gitlin, Horn & Van de Kieft LLP where his current work is primarily focused on litigation on behalf of deaf and hard of hearing individuals across New York City. This includes cases of alleged discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights Law where deaf individuals contend they were denied American Sign Language interpreters or other aids in a number of settings including police services, hospital admissions, and various city and related agencies including homeless shelters. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

8 Ex-Pope admits errors in handling of abuse cases – BBC News

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9 feb. 2022

In a letter released by the Vatican, the former pontiff asked forgiveness for any “grievous fault” but denied personal wrongdoing. A German report into the Catholic Church alleged that he failed to act over four child sex abuse cases.
 
Then known as Josef Ratzinger, he was archbishop of Munich from 1977 to 1982. The report by a German law firm alleges that abuse continued under his tenure, and that the priests accused of carrying out the abuse remained active in church roles.
 
Before the report was released in January, Pope Benedict had denied he had attended a meeting in 1980 about sexual abuse cases when he was archbishop of Munich.

“Politiek taalgebruik … is ontworpen om leugens waarheidsgetrouw te laten klinken en moord acceptabel, en om een schijn van degelijkheid te geven aan zuivere wind.”

9 Starmer’s greatest speech? Tories stunned into lethal silence by extraordinary oratory

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31 jan. 2022

Keir Starmer’s extraordinary speech in response to the initial publication Sue Gray’s statement – pending a Metropolitan Police investigation into parties held at Boris Johnson’s Downing Street. Including in the prime minister’s actual flat.
 
 

The moral compass is what binds people, what unites people.
This is the topic of the website.

The speech in the video is unanimously praised in the bog in the ‘Read more’ below the video and is called the greatest speech ever given in the House of commons.

An excerpt from of the speech to the House of Commons, which the Tories stunned into lethal silence.

Als de woorden niet kloppen, is dat meestal omdat de waarheid niet in de vergelijking is opgenomen.

Je kunt het onverdedigbare niet verdedigen – alles wat je zegt klinkt egoïstisch en hypocriet.

10 John Major launches scathing attack on Boris Johnson: ‘The PM broke lockdown rules’

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10 feb. 2022

Boris Johnson and Downing Street officials broke lockdown laws and misled the public with “brazen excuses” and “unbelievable” claims, the former prime minister Sir John Major has said this morning. 
 
In a scathing speech directly challenging the Prime Minister’s approach to truth and the ‘partygate’ saga, Sir John said the Government had looked “distinctly shifty” in its approach. 
 
Sir John, a former Conservative Party leader, argued that the UK’s reputation overseas was being “shredded”, undermining its attempts to influence world affairs. Mr Johnson is in Brussels today. 
 
Sir John also indicated that Mr Johnson should resign if he deliberately misled Parliament over ‘partygate’, saying that convention “must always” be followed. 
 

11 PM’s adviser boasted ‘we seem to have got away with’ party as Sue Gray report released | ITV News

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25 mei 2022

Sue Gray’s report into Covid-rule-breaking on Downing Street has been published, revealing highly-damaging details of the partygate saga. 
 
The senior leadership at Number 10 was heavily criticised in the report, with top civil servant Ms Gray saying they must “bear responsibility” for the party culture in Downing Street, which came about due to a “failure of leadership”. 
 
Mr Johnson said he took “full responsibility” for the rule-breaking which took place on his watch but defended himself by saying he was not present for a number of the illegal gatherings.

12 Downing Street Chief of Staff ‘shocked’ about ‘disrespect’ to cleaning staff

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26 mei 2022

Downing Street Chief of Staff Steve Barclays told Kay Burley he was “shocked” to read about “disrespect” to cleaning staff in Downing Street as was detailed in the Sue Gray report.
 
Senior civil servant Ms Gray wrote “I was made aware of multiple examples of a lack of respect and poor treatment of security and cleaning staff.”
 

13 Boris Johnson: The Life of Boris | Power

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4 dec. 2017

Boris Johnson, Britain’s Foreign Secretary, is a man who does not shy from the media’s spotlight. From his not-quite-so humble beginnings as a journalist at the Telegraph, to becoming a champion Brexiteer, via being Mayor of London, Boris has survived and prospered despite his many blunders.

14 Boris Johnson: ‘The boy who wanted to be world king’ – BBC Newsnight

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24 jul. 2019

Veteran political reporter Michael Cockerell profiles Britain’s new prime minister.
 
Boris Johnson has been elected as Conservative Party leader and has become the 77th UK prime minister.
 
Newsnight is the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs TV programme – with analysis, debate, exclusives, and robust interviews

15 Kuenssberg’s Parting Gift To Johnson

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27 mei 2022

16 – 294 The Five Laws Of Stupidity


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23 aug. 2017

“Non-stupid people always underestimate the damaging power of stupid individuals. In particular non-stupid people constantly forget that at all times and places and under any circumstances to deal and/or associate with stupid people always turns out to be a costly mistake.” Carlo Cipolla In the 1970s, an economic historian called Carlo Cipolla wrote a provocative article titled “The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity”. This week’s episode is about his theory of the destructiveness of stupid behaviour and why it is so underestimated and misunderstood. Show Notes: The Basic Laws Of Human Stupidity by Carlo M. Cipolla The Five Universal Laws Of Stupidity by Corrine Purtill  
 
SyntaxTerror
Rule number one: “You always underestimate the number of stupid people around you”. At first I didn’t think this was possible, because I believe everyone is stupid. Then I realised that I hadn’t included myself in the count…
Andrew Enright
“When you’re dead, you don’t know it. The pain is felt by those around you. The same is true for stupid people.”
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“Sufficiently advanced stupidity is indistinishable from evil.” – Packwood’s Law
Steve Reed
This is hilarious, enlightening, and terrifying all at once.
 
Catharine Pizzarello
I am slowly crawling out of the void of stupidity. Learning to be unflinching honest with myself about my motives is most important. Taking action to change my behavior is also essential.
Jennifer Mugrage
I’m so glad I found this video! Douglas Wilson has mentioned this “little book” a number of times. He points out that these 4 types also appear in the book of Proverbs: the wise (intelligent people), the simple (helpless people), the wicked (bandits), and fools (stupid people). “Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.”

17 = Ex-Pope Benedict XVI admits false statement during abuse probe testimony | DW News

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24 jan. 2022

Former Pope Benedict XVI has apologized for providing false information during a probe into sexual abuse in his old Munich archdiocese, his secretary said in a statement on Monday that was posted to the Vatican News portal.

The statement, which was given to the German-language Catholic News Agency (KNA), said the false information was not given “with ill intent.”

Instead, it was blamed on an editing “oversight” that occurred with Benedict’s written testimony to the inquiry.

The former pope, 94, had told the inquiry he had not been present at a 1980 meeting discussing a case of a pedophile priest. He has now confirmed that he did attend the meeting, but insisted that no decision had been made there about reassigning the priest to pastoral duties.

Benedict was “very sorry” for the mistake and hoped that it could be forgiven, said the statement, adding that the former pope would give an explanation for the error at a later date.

Ex-Pope Benedict XVI admits false statement during abuse probe testimony | DW News – Blog

 

New report exposes former pope’s inaction on child sexual abuse

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21 jan. 2022

A tough new report finds the retired Pope Benedict failed to deal adequately with sexual abuse cases when he was the leader of a German diocese decades ago. Stephanie Sy has the latest on these revelations and how they reflect on the Vatican’s leadership.

Report accuses former pope Benedict XVI of inaction in four sex abuse cases

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21 jan. 2022

Former pope Benedict XVI has expressed shock and shame for child sexual abuse carried out by the Catholic clergy. A spokesperson also says the retired pontiff must examine an investigative report that accuses him of inaction over four cases in Germany. Brenden Thompson, CEO of Catholic Voices, has more on the report.
 
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The hierarchical structure of Christianity makes the religious responsible. How is an iman responsible for his deeds and words in Sunism?

18 Made in Chinese labor camps | 60 Minutes Archive


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28 jan. 2022

A 1991, 60 Minutes investigation found some products sold in the U.S. were manufactured by Chinese prisoners inside a forced labor camp.
 
 

19 Innocent man labelled a paedophile by British newspaper | 60 Minutes Australia

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4 mrt. 2022

Name and Shame (2001) A convicted paedophile moves into your neighbourhood. He’s been to jail and done his time, but should he remain anonymous? Or for your own protection, should you and your family be informed? In Britain, they’re not hypothetical questions. When an eight-year-old girl was abducted and murdered, a national newspaper outed known paedophiles throughout the country. It published thousands of names, their photos, even the towns they lived in. At first, many applauded the paper’s bravery – but in its zeal to name and shame, the paper mistakenly identified innocent men.
 

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20 Corrupt Mailman Opens Letters!

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8 mrt. 2014

Have you ever opened up somebody’s unopened mail? You probably shouldn’t – even though there might be a expensive prize inside!
 
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