Death by Confusion
On Liverpool Street.
Why Did It Happen?
Friday morning, April 25, as he promised, Justice Arthur Cooperman delivered the court's opinion in the Bell case, which has been widely covered in the media. Over the weekend, various protest demonstrations took place, which were reported on television, radio and in the press. Our look at the case, four days after the decision, covers some aspects of the situation which were not widely reported.
Judge Cooperman is 74 years old, and whatever decision he made on this case would not be the result of any ambition for advancement to a higher court or for election to a public office. Some thought he was chosen to preside because of his age, wisdom or good reputation, but District Attorney Brown assures us that his name was selected, at random, from a rotating wheel. Judge Cooperman was willing listen to the witnesses, see the evidence, and accept the responsibility for making what could become a career-defining decision.