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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

Porco Case

Oh, that ax-murder: A good reivew of the Porco case in the Times Union. I had almost forgotten about it - it happened a year ago this month. There has been a strange dynamic to the story the whole time: I feel like there a lot of people who are strangely obsessed with it. Exhibit A and B would be my sister and aunt. On the other hand, I feel like it's the type of story that often would have exploded into a "national coverage" type event, but it never did.

As it turns out, the grand jury is finally meeting again. There may be an indictment before the close of business today. What I'm wondering right now, though, is how a grand jury operates in a case like this. Is it the same grand jury from a year ago? It must be. And they must be simply working with the transcripts from the old witnesses? There's got to be a strain on a group trying to remember testimony from that long ago. Sure - they have the witness records, but there are plenty of things - like character evaluations - that you can't get from a transcript. I might be wrong, but I suspect all of this helps the prosecution when it seeks an indictment. I predict the DA finally gets one today.

More important, Soares did not ridicule the only witness he has or otherwise stick his foot in his mouth for today's story, which is a sure sign that he's learning.
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At 11:29 AM , Anonymous Becky said:

Well my obsession with this case has been at bay for a while now, as I've had other "important" things to think about! With talk of finally getting an indictment, my interest is back. I'm dying to find out what they found now, after all this time, to bring Chris back to Grand Jury. I also love Kindlon's quote about Christopher being "as innocent as a newborn baby." Do lawyers who say these sensational things really believe them?? Hahaha!    



At 11:40 AM , Anonymous Exhibit B said:

I knew this case would eventually rise like the proverbial phoenix from the ashes. Great timinig for a possible indictment as Thanksgiving is just around the corner, providing hours of time around the family turkey to rehash all the possiblilities! See you soon.........    



At 8:18 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does anyone ask themselves why noone from that murderers family ws there! It is becasue half of them think he did it.    



At 9:20 PM , Anonymous Tara Too said:

And the other half are afraid he did it and don't want to get in a fight with him. Hope he's on some meds, as this is going to be a bumpy ride!!!    



At 10:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said:

the sad part here is how this case has been ecploited by a liberal DA that has done nothing in office in the last year, it is time he does someting but this is the wrong thing, the best part of this is how another liberal DA that really has done nothing good in his term is going to be humiliated by the trueth when it comes out. oh how funny will this be. the sad part here is the press has him guilty before the trial has even become, and how shallow the media and press really are here in smalltown albany.    



At 2:02 PM , Anonymous Tara Too said:

True 'nuf, everything you just said. That's why we have to watch and see what happens and make sure there is another side to the Liberal Media campaign.    



At 2:02 PM , Anonymous Tara Too said:

True 'nuf, everything you just said. That's why we have to watch and see what happens and make sure there is another side to the Liberal Media campaign.    



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