Sunday, November 22, 2015

JUDGE OLU STEVENS: Court Rules Judges Responsible for Searching Out Biased Jurors

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THE HONORABLE JUDGE OLU STEVENS MADE A RULING CONSISTENT WITH LAW 


Question:  Should Black influencers, media, groups or organizations support Judge Olu Stevens  
My opinion is a resounding "YES"

Judges have done this before.  I have seen Judges send one panel of jurors back to the jury assembly room, then call the assembly room for a new panel of jurors for this same or similar reason. The opposing attorney and the courts where Judge Stevens presides know this. Because of their actions, this ruling will probably be used more often.

Attorneys get a certain number of peremptory challenges. Often they dismiss jurors because there is a race factor - in their opinion. "Jury nullification" sometimes comes into play whereby jurors, by law, have the right to find a verdict of guilt or innocence even though the evidence overtly does not support their findings.

The article below substantiates this is not new - not widely used - but not new.

This Article appeared in the Los Angeles Times May 21, 1997 from the Associated Press 

Court Rules Judges Responsible for Searching Out Biased Jurors
"NEW YORK — Judges must root out jurors who use personal beliefs about race, ethnicity or anything else to disregard the law in deciding a case, a federal appeals court said. The U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that judges have a duty to stop jurors from ignoring the law by issuing firm instructions or even dismissing jurors. (Notice they said jurors - plural).
'A presiding judge possesses both the responsibility and the authority to dismiss a juror whose refusal or unwillingness to follow the applicable law becomes known to the judge,' the ruling said.
The three-judge panel said the 'rule we adopt applies with equal force whether the juror's refusal to follow the court's instructions results from a desire to nullify the applicable law or . . . from a perceived physical threat or from a relationship with one of the parties'."  (To read full article, click here)
There have been numerous studies on the jury/race factor. The Tennessee Law Review gives one of the best explanations I have read on the subject.  

(Tennessee Law Review Excerpt) by Douglas O. Linder
Juror Empathy and Race 
"Racial bias in trial outcomes may have its roots in empathy.  It is not surprising, given the relevance of race to empathy that the race of a defendant or a victim may influence trial outcomes. 
People empathize most readily with those who are most like themselves in appearance and social condition, empathy is seen by some researchers as the source of racism and other forms of discrimination. The favorable treatment that empathy induces toward similarly situated individuals is not likely to be as intense toward those who are different. Empathy may even produce hostility to persons outside one's own group"... (To read full review, click here)
Judge and Mrs. Olu Stevens




Saturday, November 21, 2015

BEFORE THE POLICE - BACK IN THE DAY - OUR FOREMOTHERS WERE THE LAW WE FEARED

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BEFORE THE POLICE  -  BACK IN THE DAY  -  OUR FOREMOTHERS WERE THE LAW WE FEARED

I saw this post somewhere.  

Beating and chastising are two different things. When Blacks refer to the "law we feared", I think we are referring more to the respect we had for the Black female mothers and matriarchs than sparing the rod.

Back then, in Black culture we knew if you didn't disciplined your own child, that child could become a statistic.That's what these ladies represented.They not only raised their children, but they raised the extended family's and communities' children as well.  

It was not until we became so acculturated, and is now required by law not to spank our children, that's when we began to have discipline problems with our children. In those days,  children knew not only their parents would stop them from being mischievous, the neighbor's mother, or another relative, or "Sister (whoever)" who lives down the street would do so. 

I remember being mischievous once - my cousin and I dressing up in my Aunt's (her mother's) best clothes.  We got spanked by my Grandmother first when she saw us strolling down the street to her house dressed in big dresses, hats and gloves (not my Aunts old clothes, but her very best. Then my when Aunt arrived, she spanked us,  and when my mother found out, she came over and --- I got it again! I never went into anyone else's house and disrespected it again - not even today!

A client in one of my Personality Development classes said, when she was young, her brother had been harassed by a gang to join their gang. This gang, she said. was not even part of her neighborhood, they were spreading out from another neighborhood. One day when several gang members approached their house, their mother and grandmother went out and confronted the gang, and told them to stay out of their neighborhood. Back then, the women were feared. The gang members never returned! 

It's interesting to note that after these traditions were castrated by the system by taking the discipline control from these thy women,  jails became full of Black children.

These are my thoughts.  On my blog comment section: 

TELL ME WHAT YOUR THOUGHTS ARE ON THIS SUBJECT!


Sunday, November 15, 2015

WHY DO SOME WOMEN PUBLIC FIGURES WEAR PANTS SUITS AND OTHERS WEAR DRESSES?

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Hillary Clinton
Carly Fiornia
  

WHY DO WOMEN PUBLIC FIGURES OFTEN WEAR PANTS SUITS WHILE OTHERS WEAR DRESSES?


This Question appeared on Facebook:
Why does Hillary always wear pants?


I'll Tell you why!

As most of my followers know I owned a modeling school and agency.  I created a class and seminar called "FASHIONALITY", which is part of a two-day seminar, or semester class curriculum.

I will not present the on-line seminar now, but will in an upcoming training blog.  I just wanted to quickly address the above question of why the variations in wardrobe styles of women public figures.  Some say it's to seem more powerful, some say it's for comfort, still others say it's because some have no fashion sense.


Wanda Dorn
adornstudios.org

Taken from the 

"Fashionality" Wardrobe and Fashion seminar/class


Here's what "fashionality", "fashion styles",  or "fashion personalities" mean:

Have you gone shopping with friends, and all saw the same dress and loved it, but only one of you could carry off that style? That's where fashion styles and personalities come into play. I have seen a particular fashion in magazines, and no matter how I try to accessorize or work that look - I finally determine, it's just not me; it's just not my fashion style. 

We all have a fashion style. There are several of them, and we all fit into one of them. There are some women who can wear jeans and a mink to a high-fashion event, while other women would wear pastels, pearls, silk and flowers as their comfort style.  You can call it style, personality, or others trainers may choose other terms for it, but I coined the phrase "Fashionality"

When the feminist evolution first found a threshold, powerful women did tend to dress in a more man-tailored look - most likely in a pant suit, or a man-tailored/man-fabric business suit ... but now --- WE ARE FREE TO CHOOSE OUR OWN POWER-FASHION STATEMENT!

The two women in question discussed on Facebook:  Hillary Clinton is one fashion personality, more casual. Carly Fiorina's fashion personality is more conservative, but interestingly enough after you complete the classes, you will see these two figures have more fashionality in common than you think.

What do you think those similarities are?  

In the comment section of this post, tell me what you think, and stay tuned to a blog "Fashionality Seminar" coming soon.

To catch the upcoming Fashionality Seminar Blog, go to my Blogger site, press the "Follow" button  

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

THE BATHROOM ATTENDANT AIRS ON TV IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA 11/14/15 @ 2:00 pm KOFY TV - SO SET YOUR DVR's!



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THE BATHROOM ATTENDANT

The Comedy Short Film

The Bathroom Attendant is a multi-award-winning short film Written and Directed, I'm proud to say, by my son Deon H. Hayman, starring Shay Roundtree, Hrach Titizian, J. Michael Briggs, Anne Judson-Yager, Trinecia Moore-Pernell, James Babbin, and Matt Kohler.

The film will be aired locally in the San Francisco Bay Area on Saturday, November 14, 2015 @ 2:00 pm, on KOFY TV. 
So everyone in the Bay Area - set your DVD's!

TBA has aired around the nation recently receiving nothing but rave reviews!  So, record, sit back and enjoy.

Monday, November 2, 2015

BLAME THE PARENTS FOR TOO MUCH POLICE FORCE ON STUDENTS? I DON'T AGREE!

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NO, I DON'T AGREE!



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I know many parents of relatives, friends and acquaintances who raise their children well.  I take exception to anyone deciding that all parents are bad, all children are bad, and mostly those accusations are directed to Black people.  

Did you know that the schools are targeting Black boys to fill up our private jails?   I have also witnessed their unfortunate experience or racial profiling.  

My son, on his graduation day from UCLA, we were dressing to go to graduation and got a call that several of his friends had been stopped because the police officer said they had two new high-priced cars they were riding in.  These young men were all college graduates and one was a millionaire.  They were simply heading to the mall a few blocks away so the ladies could get dressed. 

Fortunately, I was a District School Board Candidate and knew the Police Chief and the Police Department Public Relations Officer.  The officers in the station phoned the PR officer, he came immediately and the young men were released immediately.  The Chief of Police made certain that that behavior would never happen again in his City.  But most young Black people are not so fortunate.  

So let's call a spade a spade:  There are good cops and there are bad cops; there are good kids and bad kids;  there are good parents and bad parents.  Bad cops are unacceptable in any situation no matter what!  They are supposed to be the good guys, trained and expected to behave as such.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

My Heartfelt Message to: BLACK LIVES MATTER --- Learn to know Who - What - Where - When - And How To Pick Your Fights!


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MY HEARTFELT MESSAGE 
TO BLACK LIVES MATTER

LEARN TO KNOW
 WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, AND HOW 
TO PICK YOUR FIGHTS

I agree with the Clergy demanding an apology from Black Lives Matter disrupting speeches of people who came to say that they want to help.  Hear them out first ...



Go disrupt the Republican candidates, the Congress, the Senate and the police department's diversity meetings, etc. That's where your fights are.  

Unfortunately, often newly found recognition leads to excitement in being noticed. There's a time to talk and a time to demonstrate. Disrupting meetings is not the time to demonstrate. It's the time to, as said in Malcolm X movie, "look", "listen", "hear", "learn" and "understand", what the speaker has to say.  Also from the Malcolm X film:  "be careful of 'dem camras".  Even Malcolm himself fell prey to his notoreity and "dem camras".

As many young people would say, "put the older civil rights leaders out".  But young leaders could look, listen, hear, learn and most importantly understand what your role is from the older civil rights leaders who strategically and successfully picked their fights.  

From reading the article in the LASentinel, you didn't know what to do with the fact that Garcetti (and Hillary Clinton) has a right to speak to other groups without disruption and without your permission. Your group does not speak for everyone. 

How would you like it if others disrupted your events for their own agenda, or because they weren't consulted first. This is especially true about a meeting where the group is asking the persons in power and/or going to be in power where they stand.  If they didn't stand in the right place before, are they going to change their stance? You don't know because you didn't  stop, look, listen, hear and understand nor ask where that speaker will be coming from in the future. If they aren't going to come from where you believe they should in the future, then offer your demands in their discussion - don't try to take it over.

More often you get more by not being seen, but by strategizing a way to be heard without confrontation. 

Confrontation only leads to Blacks against Blacks, and that is a position you should not be creating. You should be creating dialog and peace among the community; resorting to marches and protests only when all our voices (not just yours) have not been heard, and after we all find that there is no other recourse but to stage more drastic actions. 

Believe it or not the people who came to hear the speakers should be respected too. 

Those guests, churches, groups and organizations have a right to invite people they feel they want to hear from so they can answer the questions their group or organization members want. If you have problems with a church group or organization inviting someone to speak, take it up with them. Even then, they don't have to answer to any other group as to whom they want to hear speak.

Believe me, there will be many such events as we continue the fight, and if you disrupt each one of them, people will begin to not take you seriously.

BLACK LIVES MATTER group, this is a heartfelt message because I support the work you're doing, but, please learn to  ---  know who, what, where, when, and how to pick your fights for the purpose of results and not for posturing‬‪...

... And continue doing good works!  

By the way, Mr. Moriah is a wonderful church!