After reading what you wrote, I feel a bit better than before. Thanks again.
When I heard about Roisman, I had to come back to see how the thread-members were taking it.
Couple of things worth considering:
The judge cannot comment on the case – every code of judicial conduct I’ve ever heard of confines a judge’s commentary to the courtroom (or written decision). We’ve heard all we’re going to hear from Wick.
We do know, however, that Wick rejected the entrapment argument for Wolin and rejected PJ’s suspiciously dead hard drive as a basis for dismissal. Clearly, Judge Wick is hardly pro-defense (although I have no doubt that XVE is currently crafting an extensive, over-the-top criticism of Wick, just the same, like he did with Texas DA Roach).
Neither the prosecutor nor Roisman’s attorney’s comments are worth much consideration. They are advocates; like many attorneys, they believe it’s their job to slant everything in favor of their own positions.
But you know whose comments ARE worth note? An actual juror's:
Windsor bank teller Kathleen Kerckhoff said they obviously induced Roisman to act the way he did. She said she would have found him not guilty if the case had come to the jury.“I don't have any respect for Perverted Justice after this trial,” she said.“I think they do have quotas. They have an agenda. It was the right resolution.”
She’s only one of twelve jurors, it’s true, but if she held her ground, a mistrial would’ve resulted, not a conviction.
It’s really the jurors we should listen to; they actually hear the legal case without the bias that goes with just about any coverage. Example: Nancy Grace may have successfully turned Casey Anthony into public enemy number one, but Anthony was in fact acquitted by a Florida jury drawn from a citizenry known to be conservative, pro-prosecution and pro-death-penalty. If THEY heard the case and refused to convict, the actual, unbiased evidence must’ve been very shaky indeed.
Likewise, for a judge to actually take the case away from the jury in the Roisman case, the entrapment must’ve been extreme. We’ll likely never see the chatlog now, but Wick and Kerckhoff saw, and we know what they thought of it.
BTW, Roisman’s “sweeeet!” shirt-taking-off-ing is only damning if he had NOT been entrapped. Had the chatlog looked anything like Wolin’s TallCreepyChat, he’d have likely gone down hard and his shirtlessness would’ve helped him get there. But if the chatlog showed entrapment, the shirtlessness becomes irrelevant.