First, your headline should read: Convicted child rapist freed on suspicious technicality.
But beyond that, can we get more reporting on this, he was convicted by the jury, if one of them, months later can be coerced into making a statement about the burden of proof, then is any jury verdict ever sound? The juror even said he knew it was the prosecution who needed to meet the burden of proof, and the juror (AND ELEVEN OTHERS) had no doubt in their minds that this guy raped his stepdaughter over and over and over again.
So instead of "man gets mistrial" let's warn the community that a child rapist will be walking the streets, and a judge happy to let him go free even after 12 men and women convicted him beyond a reasonable doubt.
In California all servers make the state minimum wage of $8.00 so the claim that we're stealing from their paychecks is nonsense. So no, I don't tip a $1 for someone who opened my beer because I know that person is earning a decent wage. It's not a king's ransom, but when you start at $8.00 and add tips on top, I'm not really interested in a misleading lecture about how I should contribute more to my server's wellbeing.
In a world where servers make less than minimum wage before tips, I agree completely, but here in CA, servers are already earning above the poverty line before they get a penny in tips. Seeing as their wages are paid by my food bill, I'm already compensating them for their service. Above and beyond gets a tip, less than that gets my gratitude and my hard earned money pays the bill that pays the wage.
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In Print This Week:
Apr 27, 2017
vol XXVIII issue 17
North Coast Journal
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