Following the announcement, an anonymous juror identified as “Grand Juror #1” by attorney Kevin Glogower said that the grand jury not only disagreed that certain actions taken by the police that night were justified, but that it was never given the opportunity to indict any officer for homicide.“I came out of my chair and said he just lied,” Juror #1 told VICE on how he responded to the announcement of no charges. He then filed a motion to allow the 12 jurors to speak publicly about what happened during the trial. In a rare incident of grand jury records being made public, a judge ruled that records could be released in order for jury panelists to speak publicly about the case, Daily Kos reported. Days after the motion was approved, a second juror confirmed Juror #1’s statement that charges to consider were limited.- Advertisement – Juror #2 added that he believed Kenneth Walker’s recollection of the incident (Walker, who was Taylor’s boyfriend, said the police did not knock or announce themselves before forcing their way into Taylor’s apartment, and that he fired his gun thinking they were intruders). “Each of the officers had a different story,” he said. “The only time when their story came together was when they said three phrases: ‘I don’t know,’ ‘I don’t remember,’ and ‘I’m not sure.’” He added that each also tapped their fingers on the desk after saying these phrases. “They had holes in their stories [and] they had holes in their holes.”While it is unclear if other jurors will also speak out about lies and inconsistencies present at the trial, both Juror #1 and Juror #2 have been consistent in their stories contradicting Cameron’s lies. Cameron initially tried to stop records from being released, then issued a statement last month claiming that the trial was conducted lawfully and he is “fine with the jurors speaking and making their position known.” As more of the trial inconsistencies become known and Cameron’s lies are exposed, we can only hope that Taylor will receive the justice she rightfully deserves. Both jurors spoke to VICE Media Wednesday to give some insight into how the trial took place; one even brought a notebook with notes taken during the trial. His notes depicted not only how he responded to the evidence presented, but how he processed it, giving a glimpse into how the jurors were thinking during the trial.“Cameron did not give a choice with this and we did not agree with anything he said,” the anonymous juror identified by VICE as Juror #2 said. “But I had my notes with me because I need for these people to understand I didn’t do this.”Looking at the notebook, VICE noted the phrase “covering up.” When asked about this, the juror explained that he felt the Public Integrity Unit present at the trial acted like defense attorneys for the police, giving them “softball questions” in addition to interpreting what they should be saying.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
Real Madrid’s willingness to smash the world transfer record to sign Gareth Bale has been football’s biggest talking point this week with reports indicating the Spanish giants are prepared to spend as much as 100 million euros to recruit him from Tottenham.Spending such a vast amount – which works out as £87.3 million in British money – has led to debates over football’s inflationary transfer market and the true value of the Wales winger, who admittedly had a stunning season for Spurs in 2012-13.Bale might be the reigning PFA Player of the Year, PFA Young Player of the Year and Footballer of the Year, but is he worth £87.3m? Is any player worth quite that much, Lionel Messi aside?To put Bale’s eye-watering valuation into perspective, we have pieced together a theoretical XI comprising other players who have moved clubs this summer, with the team’s total value coming in at just under what Madrid are apparently willing to pay for the Spurs star.In goal is highly-rated World Cup finalist and Netherlands international Maarten Stekelenburg, who moved from Roma to Fulham for a cut-price fee of £4.8m.Stekelenburg is protected by three defenders who boast plenty of experience. Portugal international Bruno Alves joined Fenerbahce from Zenit St Petersburg for £4.8m, Liverpool bagged Kolo Toure on a free from Manchester City and Felipe Santana swapped Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund for Schalke for just £800,000. We spent a bit more in midfield, with Thiago, Bayern Munich’s £21.8m recruit from Barcelona, and Jesus Navas, a £17.5m signing from Sevilla for Manchester City, comfortably fitting inside budget to bring some Spanish international class to the wide positions.Patrolling the centre is another Spain international in Benat, who joined Athletic Bilbao from Real Betis for £6.9m, as well as another France international Jeremy Toulalan, who moved from Malaga to Monaco for £4.4m.However, it is in attack that our team really excels. David Villa was arguably the signing of the summer when joining Atletico Madrid from Barcelona for £4.4m, Mario Gomez cost Fiorentina £13.5m when moving from Bayern and Carlos Tevez set Juventus back just £7.8m.That makes a grand total of £86.7 million.