by Scott Causey, Resource Correspondent Every person on earth starts off with a base level of knowledge and inherent biases when being introduced to new skillsets. The inate skills, abilities, knowledge, and biases within that organism will determine a starting point for obtaining actionable new skills, or knowledge base. How critical is it then for [...]
Zenon San Martn Ramirez, 52, is in Moses Cone Hospital following surgery after EMS personnel determined he had dangerously low blood pressure when treating him for an abrasion to the face he received while resisting arrest. Upon arrival at the hospital, medical officials discovered Ramirez was suffering from a pre-existing [sic] medical condition that may have been aggravated by the encounter. [Emphasis added.]WGHP then regurgitated the assertion of a preexisting condition word-for-word:
Ramirez was taken to Moses Cone Hospital and medical officials said he was suffering from a pre-existing [sic] medical condition that may have been aggravated by the struggle. [Emphasis added.]Did "medical officials" say this to WGHP? Or did a Greensboro Police Department employee write in a press release that medical officials said that and did WGHP just copy and paste third-hand unattributed information into their story without actually substantiating it? I've asked WGHP to comment and will update this post when I hear from them.
... The clearest example of this is demonstrated by the evidence with regard to Ernesto Wilson. The government's evidence taken in the light most favorable to the government was that Mr. Wilson participated in a series of store robberies in April 2007. No evidence indicated that Mr. Wilson remained in North Carolina after May of 2007 or that he had any further contact with the other persons that the government alleged were members of the conspiracy in this case. Nevertheless, Mr. Wilson was found responsible for conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder, interference with commerce by threats or violence and multiple acts of bank fraud. The government's evidence established that none of these acts occurred before the spring of 2008 and in the case of the Smith Homes shooting — which may have been found to be the attempted murder predicate act — occurred as late as August 2011, more than four years after Mr. Wilson left North Carolina. As a consequence, the jury must have completed the predicate act portion of the verdict sheet by holding Mr. Wilson responsible for any act they attributed to the enterprise. This enterprise approach to completing the verdict sheet is the very area about which the jury presented a question to the court several hours before they returned its verdict.
The same problems exist with respect to defendants Cornell and Kilfoil. With the jury completing the predicate act portion of the verdict sheet by assessing those acts engaged in by the enterprise rather than the individual, it cannot be determined that the jury found that Mr. Cornell's or Mr. Kilfoil's participation in the conspiracy embraced the particular predicate acts found by the jury.