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Today, Occupy Wall Street activist and elbow-haver Cecily McMillan was sentenced for the crime of, well, defending herself against police brutality. Oh, what a world. Via Gawker, we learned that despite potentially facing up to seven years in prison after being found guilty of felony assault, McMillan (perhaps in part due to a letter written by many jurors on her case, which pleaded the judge to show leniency and forgo jail time), the 25-year-old woman...
Following the outrageous verdict in the trial of Cecily McMillan, one of the prevailing feelings among those of us who couldn't believe that McMillan was found guilty was one of futility. There had been a massive miscarriage of justice, and now the threat of up to seven years in jail now hung over a young woman who had substantial evidence that she'd suffered abuse from the policeman whose eye she struck with her elbow....
It would be an understatement—and a gross one, at that—to say that the average American jury is always presented with both sides of a case in a fair and balanced manner. Justice, as we all know, is anything but blind, but it frequently wears blinders. And in the case of Cecily McMillan, the Occupy Wall Street activist who was just found guilty of felony assault, the blinders put on the jury by the prosecutorial...
70 Occupy Wall Street activists were arrested late on the night of March 17, 2012 and early in the morning of the 18th, six months after the Occupy movement had begun in Zuccotti Park in downtown Manhattan. One of those activists was 25-year-old grad student Cecily McMillan. But unlike most of the arrests that happened that night and during the two-month period in the autumn of 2011 when Occupy staked out its spot in...

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