Emotion Based vs. Doctrine Based Decision Judgment

by Hal Mooz 25. July 2013 16:33

Juror: Zimmerman 'got away with murder' but had to be acquitted

A member of the jury that acquitted George Zimmerman said Thursday she thinks Zimmerman "got away with murder" but that jurors had no choice in finding him not guilty under the law.

The woman said the evidence didn't prove murder, "Even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty."  "We had to grab our hearts and put it aside and look at the evidence," she said.

Juror B29 said she initially held out for convicting Zimmerman of second-degree murder, but after nine hours of deliberations, she came to the conclusion that wasn't enough proof under Florida law. "I was the juror that was going to give them the hung jury. I fought to the end," she said.



Difficult Fact Based Decision

by Hal Mooz 18. July 2013 16:36

Detroit becomes largest US city to file for bankruptcy

Detroit, saddled with more than $18 billion in debt, became the biggest U.S. city in history to file for bankruptcy on Thursday.

“The fiscal realities confronting Detroit have been ignored for too long. I’m making this tough decision so the people of Detroit will have the basic services they deserve and so we can start to put Detroit on a solid financial footing that will allow it to grow and prosper in the future,” Gov. Rick Snyder said in a statement.

Snyder authorized the city's emergency manager to file for federal bankruptcy, as required by state law, saying it was the only option to restore the city and provide residents with necessary public services.

Kevin Orr, a bankruptcy expert, was hired by the state in March to lead Detroit out of a fiscal free-fall and made the filing in federal bankruptcy court. Orr was unable to convince a host of creditors -- including pensions, Teamsters, employee associations and banks -- to take pennies on the dollar to help facilitate the city's massive financial restructuring.

If the bankruptcy filing is approved, city assets could be liquidated to satisfy demands for payment.




Not A Fact Based Decision

by Hal Mooz 16. July 2013 19:36

Guy driving by to check on his house can't find it; city tore it down

David Underwood used to own a house in Fort Worth, Texas. Demolition crews arrived to knock down an empty house a few doors down, got wrong address and demolished Underwood's house, instead. The city admitted the error in a statement that mentioned that "a vacant structure" at Underwood's address was mistakenly reduced to rubble — despite the apparent protests of a neighbor who tried to convince the crew they had the wrong place. Underwood got the surprise of his life when he drove by to check on his property and found nothing but a concrete slab.



Decision Type Factor - Can something bad happen?

by Hal Mooz 15. July 2013 09:58

Motorcycle racer dies after hitting 285 mph

A motorcycle racer trying to top 300 mph died Sunday after losing control and zooming off a runway at a former air base in northern Maine.

Bill Warner, 44, of Wimauma, Fla., was clocked at 285 mph before he lost control, but it was unclear how fast the motorcycle was traveling when it veered off the paved runway and crashed, said Tim Kelly, race director of the Loring Timing Association, which hosted "The Maine Event" at Loring Air Force Base.

Warner was conscious and talking after the crash just before 10 a.m., Kelly said, but he died about an hour and 15 minutes later at a hospital in Caribou.



Perks Challenge Faith Based Decision Making

by Hal Mooz 11. July 2013 10:53

Tradition and Temptation as Amish Debate Fracking

In parts of Ohio and Pennsylvania where horse-drawn buggies clip-clop at the pace of a bygone era, Amish communities are debating a new temptation — the large cash royalties that can come with the boom in oil and gas drilling.

In some ways, Amish attitudes toward hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, are as different from the outside world as their clothes and traditions. Instead of worries about air and water pollution, they're focusing on people's souls.

"Amish are no different than anybody else. The power of big money can bring spiritual corruption," said Jerry Schlabach, an Amish resident of Berlin, Ohio. "If we can keep our values and adhere to biblical principle, then it can be a very positive thing," he said.

But whether the fracking boom helps or hurts the Amish is up to the community itself, he said, since it's just another chapter in an ongoing struggle to maintain their beliefs in a fast-moving, modern world.

"The inflow of all the money is going to really expose the spiritual level of the community," Schlabach said. "If it does corrupt in a big way, then we know we have drifted spiritually."



Another Extreme Emotion Based Decision

by Hal Mooz 8. July 2013 10:20

American hacked to death over $1.60 cab fare, Thai police say

A taxi driver hacked an American to death after an argument over a $1.60 fare, Thai officials said late Sunday. Troy Lee Pilkington, 51, was repeatedly slashed with a 12-inch machete on Saturday night, according to Bangkok police. Police Lt. Col. Teerayut Maiplaeng said the suspect told them that Pilkington, who had lived in the country for three years, accused him of rigging the meter as they sat in traffic on the city’s busy Sukhumvit Road. 

The victim allegedly stormed out of the cab and refused to pay the 51 baht ($1.60) fare. The suspect claimed when he asked for the money, the American threw a cup of coffee at him, after which he pulled the knife from his trunk and chased after Pilkington. Video footage from a nearby surveillance camera captured part of the struggle and shows the taxi driver wildly swinging a machete as the other man flails his arms and tries to grab the driver.

The suspect told police he panicked and that Pilkington, who worked for the American machinery company Caterpillar Inc., fell to the ground but he did not think that he would die, according to the Bangkok Post.

After the attack, the suspect dumped the machete into a canal and threw away his shirt, the Post reported. Chidchai Utmacha, 32, was arrested on charges of murder and carrying a weapon in public without reasonable cause.



Emotion Based Judgment Produces Tantrum

by Hal Mooz 4. July 2013 07:23

Bride chews out friend for giving her $100 as wedding gift

A while back, Canada debated modern wedding etiquette when a bride chastised a friend for bringing a basket of candies as a wedding gift instead of cash. Well, this unhappy bride got cash — but not enough, in her mind. After cash-strapped college friend/guest Tanya dug deep to give the couple $100 cash, she said, she received a furious Facebook message from the bride that began: “Hi Tanya, how are you? I just want to know is there any reason or dissatisfaction of Mike’s and I wedding that both you and Phil gave 50$ each?" It went on to note their plates cost $200 each and the newlyweds were "very much short on paying off the reception" because of Tanya's "amount." (And no, there was no mention whatsoever of "thank you.")



New Doctrine For Doctrine Based Judgments

by Hal Mooz 26. June 2013 07:33

Supreme Court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act

In a landmark ruling for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law blocking federal recognition of same-sex marriages.The decision was 5-4, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy. It said that the law amounted to the “deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment.”

The ruling means that federal government must recognize the gay marriages deemed legal in 12 states and the District of Columbia. The law helps determine who is covered by more than 1,100 federal laws, programs and benefits, including Social Security survivor benefits, immigration rights and family leave.



Unusual Faith Based Decision

by Hal Mooz 23. June 2013 10:06

Christian Domestic Discipline = husbands spank wives?

The idea of a husband spanking his wife usually brings out one of two reactions: 1) freaks need fun too, or 2) that’s abuse. Followers of Christian Domestic Discipline followers call it an "alternative lifestyle" that ensures the wife is wholly submissive to her husband. Wives let their husbands spank or otherwise physically punish them if they act disobediently, or they might get "corner time" as a child would. It’s difficult to say how many people participate in CDD, but online communities suggest a number of followers in the "low thousands." Forensic psychologist Jim Alsdurf makes the practice sound not at all divinely inspired: "A relationship that infantilizes a woman is one that clearly draws a more pathological group of people."



Expensive Addiction Based Judgment

by Hal Mooz 17. June 2013 08:19

Simon Cowell uses private jets so he can smoke

Music mogul-turned-TV star Simon Cowell always travels by private jet because he refuses to give up cigarettes for commercial flights, according to his former co-worker Danni Minogue.The Australian singer worked with Cowell on his U.K. TV talent show "The X Factor," and she reveals her former boss spends a fortune on private travel just so he can smoke.

Minogue even insists Cowell won't travel as far as Australia because of his habit.She tells Britain's The Sun, "He has that whole thing where he hates flying -- and there's the smoking thing. That's why he has to go on a private jet -- so he can smoke. He's like, 'I can't get a private jet to Australia, but I can't do the non-smoking thing either.'"



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