By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
‘This Is the Funniest Thing I’ve Ever Read’
How long will Mr. and Mrs. Schroeder [R. Scott Moxley’s Moxley Confidential, “Rackauckas Doesn’t Blink,” May 15] continue to rule law enforcement and politics in the OC? It’s a sad state of affairs in the rich and infamous Orange County!
Truths, Los Angeles, via ocweekly.com
In a huge percentage of cases, prosecutors have to contend with witnesses who change their stories. This commonly happens, for example, in gang and domestic-violence cases in which the witnesses decide at trial time that changing their story and lying under oath is in their best interest. This doesn’t kill the prosecution, since the DA is allowed to ask questions like: “Isn’t it true that you told the police ‘X’ right after the defendant’s arrest?” And they can ask additional questions to show the witness’s bias and motive to lie. These options were available to the prosecution in this case. The jury still voted 11-1 to acquit. The change in officers’ testimony can’t be the sole cause of the DA’s loss.
Brian, via ocweekly.com
It disappoints me that highly educated, highly trained, highly intelligent attorneys from the district attorney’s office were unable to outsmart and/or contradict a bunch of lowly street cops while they gave their testimony.
C’mon, T-Rack. Put your money where your mouth is. If you think the deputies committed perjury, step up to the plate and charge them. Then prosecute them. Perjury by law enforcement officers CANNOT be tolerated. If you don’t, then shut up!
Thirtyplus, via ocweekly.com
BABY MAMA DRAMA
This is the funniest thing I’ve ever read [“Rocto Your World,” May 15]. I’m holding my stomach because it hurts so much to laugh this hard. Excellent job!
NoMoreNadya, via ocweekly.com
Please, please, please, please stop giving this woman—the world’s worst mother—any more attention. Nobody cares about her. The only thing we should care about is the poor children who unfortunately have her as a mother.
Deb, Santa Ana, via ocweekly.com
Amazing. If the media would quit writing about Suleman and giving her all the free press that she wants for herself, then maybe her name would stay out of the “spotlight.” Geez, apparently the media doesn’t get it. Quit writing about her, and she might go away!
Sandra, Tustin, via ocweekly.com
Setting aside the evolution vs. creationism debate, a teacher who tells his class, “When you pray for divine intervention, you’re hoping that the spaghetti monster will help you get what you want” is not fit for the classroom [Daffodil J. Altan’s “An Anti-Establishment Comment,” May 8].
How does James Corbett know that? He cannot possibly prove that. So why does he make such a claim in a discussion that is supposed to be tempered with logic and reason? And what does that have to do with European history?
At a time when teachers are losing their jobs because of the state-wide budget crisis, it is a shame that this impostor still has his. I cannot help but think that if he had directed his remarks at Islam, he would be sitting somewhere playing solitaire while his case was under review. Funny how people are so selective about tolerance and understanding in this multicultural society of ours.
Andrea, Los Angeles, via ocweekly.com
I was a student at Capistrano Valley High School for all four years of high school. I had Dr. Corbett for only one class. Suffice it to say that of all the names and events I remember from those glorious (sometimes not-so-glorious) years, I only remember three teachers, one of which is Dr. Corbett. I remember their names for one reason and one reason only: They got you to think.
In all the mindless blabber that is taught in public schools today, the three teachers that I remember were able to realize the true purpose of education, which is to not only teach a curriculum required by some bureaucrat in some office somewhere, but also to give your students the gift of independent thought. Now, I rarely agreed with Dr. Corbett, but I always appreciated his ability to take those precious moments of class time and use them to get you to stop and ponder the important things in life. Anybody who knows teenagers knows you have to be edgy in modern society to keep their attention and get through to them. I support Dr. Corbett!
Shawn, San Juan Capistrano, via ocweekly.com
Two Music section stories were credited incorrectly on the Contents page of the May 15 issue. The Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s story was written by Amanda Parsons. The M83 story was written by Doug Wallen. The Weekly regrets the errors.
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