福尔摩斯, 麦克斯韦, 斯莫列特法庭戏剧展示了一个技术骗局, 性虐待和种族爆发点

一涉及性虐待. 另一个以涉嫌医疗欺诈为中心, and also 性别. 第三个重点关注所谓的带有种族歧视的恶作剧.

当然, none of the three are generating the kind of saturation coverage reserved for the trial of 凯尔·里滕豪斯(Kyle Rittenhouse), because his case had cameras in the courtroom. And nothing drives public interest — and television segments — like being able to see a defendant breaking down or subjected to fierce cross-examination.

Rittenhouse interview Tucker Carlson

Rittenhouse interview Tucker Carlson (福克斯新闻)

Elizabeth Holmes, the onetime media darling who founded the now-collapsed Theranos, became teary-eyed on the stand Monday, but we didn’t get to see it. 福尔摩斯, who fooled much of the tech press with claims of a new and simple blood test until she was exposed by the Wall Street Journal, is now blaming the debacle in part on her boyfriend.

Sunny Balwani, who was also a top Theranos executive, wanted tokill the person” 她曾经是:

He impacted everything about who I was. And I don’t fully understand that.

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她的男友, who was about 20 years older, told her that eating only certain foods would make herpure,” that she shouldn’t sleep much and maintain avery disciplined and intense lifestyle,” according to a Washington Post account.

When she failed to live up to his expectations, 福尔摩斯说, Balwani would yell at her and sometimes force her to have sex with him when she didn’t want to.

抱歉, but didn’t she have free will? Holmes was the founder and CEO. Whether he influenced her or not, isn’t she responsible for claiming non-existent medical breakthroughs and misleading investors?

The much-anticipated trial of Ghislaine Maxwell involves the lurid and disgusting spectacle of 杰弗里爱泼斯坦, who sexually abused young girls, and charges that Maxwell, his partner and onetime girlfriend, recruited them. With Epstein, who once hobnobbed with such people as Bill Clinton, 唐纳德·特朗普 and Prince Andrew, having killed himself in prison, Maxwell is the only remaining target for justice to be done.

他们是 “partners in crime,” a federal prosecutor said, and Maxwell got the girls to trust her and thenserved them up.

But Maxwell’s lawyer told the jury that her client is being used as ascapegoat”: “Ever since Eve was tempting Adam with the apple, women have been blamed for the bad behavior of men.

Nice try.

在这个法庭草图中, Lawrence Paul Visoski Jr., who was one of Jeffrey Epstein's pilots, testified on the witness stand during Ghislaine Maxwell's sex trafficking trial, 星期一, 十一月. 29, 2021, 在纽约市.

在这个法庭草图中, Lawrence Paul Visoski Jr., who was one of Jeffrey Epstein’s pilots, testified on the witness stand during Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial, 星期一, 十一月. 29, 2021, 在纽约市. (美联社)

It will be up to a jury to determine whether Maxwell’s conduct rises to the level of a criminal offense. But there is plenty of evidence she was Epstein’s enabler.

最后, 朱西·斯莫利特 is on trial? The disorderly conduct charges seem like overkill, three years after the onetime “帝国” star was involved in a hoax that riveted the nation’s attention.

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但这是东西: He still refuses to admit it was a hoax. 结果是, Smollett faces up to three years in prison.

There is ample evidence that Smollett orchestrated the post-midnight attack by assailants shouting MAGA slogans that he portrayed as evidence of racial hostility. He knew the two brothers who supposedly attacked him on the street, as they had worked on his show. 更重要的是, there is surveillance video of Smollett driving around Chicago with the brothers the day before.

They agreed they should bruise him a little bit to make it look good,” the special prosecutor said. 更重要的是, police say the brothers were paid $ 3,500 to stage the attack.

Actor Jussie Smollett arrived Tuesday, 十一月. 30, 2021, at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse for day two of his trial in Chicago.

Actor Jussie Smollett arrived Tuesday, 十一月. 30, 2021, at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse for day two of his trial in Chicago. (美联社)

But Smollett’s lawyer argued — wait for it — that the crime was committed against his client: “Jussie Smollett is a real victim. The brothers did not like him.

It’s unreal how many hours of investigation have been consumed by this overhyped episode that the media initially bought into and trumpeted. Now it will be settled in a courtroom.

I’ve covered many trials in my career. Most are marked by long stretches of boring testimony and droning expert witnesses, sometimes punctuated by a few moments of drama. Without television cameras, they tend to be relegated to the inside pages.

But the verdicts will be big news, if only because each case is notorious in its own way.

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