A couple of thoughts as this all winds down. One seems fairly important. Of all the local news stories you have read, can you find A SINGLE ONE that mentions the fact that Michael Griffin said he does not remember Don assaulting him? This seems an important detail, and one that the Herald Times and other outlets have an absolute duty to report. It is our local media that the national media taps for its info, which means people around the country are simply assuming that this was a well-supported allegation.
My second thought is how extraordinary it is to me that people here sat side by side in the small courtroom, perfectly polite to each other, while hoping for different verdicts. I’ve never seen a murder trial before where the ’sides’ weren’t separated. And it seems fitting, given the number of people who knew and liked both parties, and given the atmosphere in Bloomington. It does seem possible to hold different opinions about ‘issues’ here without personal animosity.