“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."
Saturday, October 04, 2008
OJ Simpson, Thank God Almighty, Guilty at Last.
The jury has reached a verdict in O.J. Simpson's armed robbery and kidnapping trial in Las Vegas, a defense lawyer and a court official said Friday. GUILTY
The jury reached the verdict 13 years to the day O.J. Simpson was acquitted of two murders.
The jury of nine men and three women, none of them African-American, heard from 22 witnesses over 12 days of testimony. Chief among the witnesses were seven of the nine people inside Room 1203 of the Palace Station Hotel and Casino for the September 13, 2007 confrontation.
The evidence included testimony from the two dealers, four co-defendants who cut plea deals and cooperated with prosecutors and hours of often-profane, crackling, secretly recorded audiotapes.