If I had to pinpoint how I approach society, it is with an eye of toleration and a narrow view of acceptance. I stay fairly quiet about certain practices and don’t offer my opinion. I may not accept them from myself or my circle, but I tolerate them in others. As long as they don’t want me to publicly accept them. Don’t shove it in my face, be respectful, and life goes on.
That all said, what Mary Churback and Lacey Buckley are doing with the whole #freejahar movement is utterly naive. I believe in presumed innocence (ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat-the burden of proof lies with who declares, not who denies) before a trial, but their actions are kicking salt in the victims’ wounds:
A group of about a dozen supporters cheered as the motorcade carrying Tsarnaev arrived at the courthouse. The demonstrators yelled “Justice for Jahar,” as Tsarnaev is known. One woman held a sign that said, “Free Jahar.”
Others held signs claiming Tsarnaev’s innocence, while suggesting elaborate conspiracies surrounding the bombing and Tsarnaev’s arrest.
“I’m here to show Dzhokhar support, to let him know there are thousands of people worldwide that do believe his innocence,” Mary Churback of Freetown told WBZ-TV news.
Lacey Buckley, 23, said she traveled from her home in Wenatchee, Wash., to attend the arraignment. Buckley said she has never met Tsarnaev but came because she believes he’s innocent. “I just think so many of his rights were violated. They almost murdered an unarmed kid in a boat,” she said.
And a student ********* ******* at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, where Tsarnaev attended, came to the courthouse because she wanted to see the suspect. She said he used to walk her friend home in the evenings because he was worried about her being alone.
“He would walk her from the campus library to her dorm at night,” she said.
As far as the Free Jahar movement and the stupid too pretty to be guilty, did they not read what he wrote inside the boat?
Update I: I received the below comment from a distraught father concerning his daughter:
This. Is Steve gillis regarding my daughter brittney gillis , I’m in contact with attorney Anthony diffrusia regarding what your doing to my daughter , my daughter is studying law at umass Dartmouth , we were at the trials yest, first we were there to see the whitey bulger case, we didn’t even realize the Boston bomber was there, my daughter simply said he attended the same school as her, I did not know him,I heard he used to walk girls back at night from the library to make sure they got back safe,brittney went on to say she feels he’s guilty and should go to jail. What you hava done is try to make a story even at ruining someone’s life my daughter is a good girl she called me in tears crying, saying you have her as a supporter, so more than money I’d seek I’d rather just have you fix this false lie, brittney is a good person a catechism teacher speaks schools against bullying, you really messed up this kid is so so distraught
Steven, I corrected the article. You realize, of course, I am just reporting the news from multiple sites. You might want to go direct to them. I did not just pick your daughter’s name out of mid-air. Truly, I don’t doubt that your daughter is a good person. Take a breath and accept my apologies.
Update II: Ex Bootneck, as is his elegant way with words, has an excellent suggestion for Steve:
Steve Gillis, I can only presume your daughter offered the information to a reporter and then gave her name; or, was over heard by a reporter, who may then have asked a third party if they knew your daughters name, for them to subsequently release the same detail into print. Without Brittny’s permission it is obviously reporters ‘here say’ which is what 99.999% of such scribes will use to enhance their press release.
Under such circumstances of ‘he said, she said’ etc, it is always best advice that third parties do not quote any personal detail to any reporter, as they will influence the story to match their prospectus (some thing that is taught at some point to every Law student, no matter where they may study). Incidentally, I am on this side of the pond in the UK, where the same point is made constantly.
(The reporter will have kept her notebook and submitted details for reference, that you can check on if required; through a court of law)!
If I was in your position I would also be angry, but my focus would be with the reporter who obviously has used a misquote to their advantage. This should be nipped in the bud now with those from the Press as well as the Main Stream Media. Such false information could possibly have a detrimental effect on a future case that your daughter becomes involved in when she qualifies as a lawyer. As we are all too well aware, once a piece enters into the WWW, any story there after is on view for eternity.
If I may offer some free advice that comes from the heart, and not from your attorneys desk (that will cost you a fortune to hear the same)?
Go to the reporters desk in question, and ask for her line manager/editor, and ask them to rescind your daughters name and story, which will then be counter balanced for prosperity as a misquote, it has to be held on their file and their system. A hard copy, day, dated, letter can also be requested.
NavyOne, the owner of this Blog has simply quoted from CBS Boston, as well as the reporter Heather Ginsberg’s press release, of which he has genuinely retracted, and apologised for (as an act from a genuine person of high standing, who holds the values of integrity & responsibility sincerely).
Your posted comment as well as NavyOne’s reply is also testament to your feelings about your daughters misquote, which again will be held within the WWW for eternity, for all and sundry to view.
Your Lawyer will tell you that it is not against the law for a third party to quote a general release from the Main Stream Media (the Presidential Office does it every day). Even a third party newspaper can pick up the same story and run with it without fear of prosecution. I have no doubt that European tabloids will be picking up the same story and repeating it as I type this tome.
Update III: Wow, the media dropped the ball. Steve was correct in that they chopped his daughter’s words to fit their needs. The unedited section, by the WHDH team:
“I would still support him because I don’t feel that he is guilty. I just don’t see anything, any evidence that points that they’re guilty. I don’t see video that they dropped the backpacks. I don’t see anything that points out that he’s guilty. I see more that he’s innocent, if anything,” said Karina Figueroa.
“I think he’s guilty for falling into his brother’s influence, but I don’t think it was in his nature to do something like that,” said Brittany Gillis, who went to school at UMass Dartmouth with Tsarnaev. She did not know him personally, but knew people who did know him.
Note that I represented Brittany Gillis by these ********* ******* in the original story. It really sounded as if she was sympathetic to the suspects when she was the opposite.