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Sandor Kepiro, a Hungarian man now acquitted of Nazi-era war crimes, sits in a wheelchair at Budapest Municipal Court on 29 June 2011 before the start of the ninth day of his trial  

18 July 2011 Last updated at 06:28 ET

A Hungarian man, Sandor Kepiro, has been found not guilty of committing war crimes during a 1942 raid.

A Budapest court acquitted the former police captain, now 97, of ordering the rounding up and execution of over 30 Jews and Serbs in Serbia in 1942.

The prosecution had demanded at least a prison sentence for Mr Kepiro, but he insisted he had never killed.

He previously topped the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s list of most wanted Nazis.

Many of the dozens of people attending the court session cheered and clapped after Judge Bela Varga read out the verdict of the three-judge tribunal, the AP news agency reported.

The reasoning behind the court’s verdict is to be read out over two days, Monday and Tuesday, in light of the frailty of the defendant.

More than 1,200 Jewish, Serb and Roma civilians were murdered over three days by Hungarian forces in a notorious massacre in the city of Novi Sad in 1942.

Prosecutors said Mr Kepiro was directly responsible for the deaths of 36 Jews and Serbs – including 30 who were put on a lorry on the defendant’s orders and taken away and shot.

Mr Kepiro said he had been “the only person to refuse the order to use firearms”, and that he had intervened to save five people about to be killed by a corporal.

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14185045

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using the number/letter grid:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z

Where:

A = 1 J = 1 S = 1

B = 2 K = 2 T = 2

C = 3 L = 3 U = 3

D = 4 M = 4 V = 4

E = 5 N = 5 W = 5

F = 6 O = 6 X = 6

G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7

H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8

I = 9 R = 9

Sandor Kepiro

115469 257996      64

his path of destiny / how he learns what he is here to learn = 64 = Conclusion. Finality. End. Done. Over.

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Tuesday July 5th, 2011

A former bikini salesman, high school dropout and deadbeat dad who barely  made it into the Florida bar pulled off what some are calling one of the most  stunning court victories in history.

Jose Angel Baez, a 42-year-old lawyer who grew up in the Bronx and South  Florida, had been practicing law for only three years when Casey Anthony, 25,  hired him to defend her against felony murder charges.

Anthony, who professed her innocence, found out about Baez from an inmate  while in jail awaiting trial on charges that she killed her 2-year-old daughter,  Caylee and dumped her body in the woods near her Orlando home.

At the time, Anthony’s father was skeptical, saying in a taped jail  interview that “I hope he’s not making a reputation for himself.’’

On Tuesday, that’s exactly what Baez did.

His client was found not guilty on three of the major felony charges against  her – first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter on  a child.

Day in and day out, Anthony had been all but convicted on national TV. On  Tuesday, jurors deliberated less than 11 hours.

When the verdict was announced, a gasp was heard in the Orlando courtroom of  Circuit Judge Belvin Perry and Baez went from seemingly bumbling rookie to top  of the legal heap. He smiled after the verdict and hugged his sobbing client  hard.

“He is the luckiest man in America,’’ said Robert Jarvis, a lawyer and law  professor at Nova Southeastern University in Davie. He won, Jarvis said, not  because of a brilliant legal mind, but because the prosecution couldn’t prove  its case, which was solely circumstantial.

The internet was already buzzing Tuesday about Baez’s superstardom: perhaps  getting his own national show, a book deal and maybe even a movie. People may  hate him, or love him, but they will likely watch him, experts say.

“America is very schizophrenic. They say they hate pit bull lawyers, but when  they want to hire a lawyer, they hire a pit bull lawyer,’’ Jarvis said.

Baez, who grew up in the Bronx, moved to South Florida and eventually earned  his GED after dropping out of Homestead High School, was uncharacteristically  subdued after the verdict was announced just before 2:30 p.m.

“This case has brought on new challenges of all of us,’’ he said. “Challenges in the criminal justice system, challenges in the media, and I think  we should all take this as an opportunity to learn and to realize that you  cannot convict someone until they’ve had their day in court.”

Jarvis, who has followed the case closely, said Baez threw out so many red  herrings on how Caylee died that jurors’ heads were probably spinning. He  dropped bombshell after bombshell, telling jurors that Caylee had drowned and  that Casey Anthony had been sexually abused by her father. He referred to his  own client in his closing statement as a “slut,’’ a big no-no, Jarvis said.

“He worked very hard to lose this case,’’ said Jarvis. “But, sometimes you  snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. And, in this case, the victory was  handed to him from the prosecution.”

Those who have worked with Baez say he worked very hard on the case and  proved wrong those who expected him to fail.

Terry Lenamon, a former member of Anthony’s defense team, said Baez could be  an example of what lawyers call the “Columbo factor,’’ referring to the popular  1970s crime series featuring Peter Falk as a naïve, clumsy detective who was  underestimated by colleagues and others because of his irritating questions and  shaggy demeanor. In the end, however, he always got the bad guy.

Lenamon said that while he questioned Baez’s strategy and motives at times,  the attorney deserves credit for the acquittal.

“The guy is very tenacious; he stuck to his guns and he won,’’ Lenamon said.

Before Anthony hired him, few people had ever heard of Baez.

Born in Puerto Rico in 1969, Baez was raised by a single mother who moved to  South Florida. After dropping out of Homestead High, according to the Orlando  Sentinel, he married at 17, became a father, earned a GED diploma and joined the  Navy in 1986. The newspaper said he was assigned to the North Atlantic Treaty  Organization in Norfolk, Va., where he trained as an intelligence analyst with  what he called “Cosmic top Secret” security clearance.

After leaving the Navy, he attended Miami-Dade Community College, graduated  from Florida State University and earned his law degree from St. Thomas’ University School of Law in 1997. He then joined the Miami-Dade Public  Defender’s Office, where he worked as a paralegal for a short time, while  struggling to be accepted into the Florida bar.

Early in the case, the Orlando Sentinel detailed Baez’s inability to enter  the bar because of numerous “misrepresentations” he made to the Board of Bar  Examiners.

Indeed, for the next eight years, the Florida Supreme Court continued to turn  him down because of “character” issues, including massive financial problems  that bordered on fraud. The Court wrote that Baez showed “a total lack of  respect for the legal system,” citing his inability to meet his debts, pay child  support and failure to pay his student loans.

In an effort to support himself, he started four companies, two of them  bikini businesses, Bon Bon Bikinis and Brazilian Bikinis.com, both of which  failed, the newspaper reported. He also created a non-profit group, the Miami  Domestic Violence Project, but that faltered as well.

Initially, Baez’s office in Kissimmee was wary of the media.

But as the story grew into nightly gavel-to-gavel reporting, he began to  embrace it. He appeared on TV, with  Nancy Grace who  appeared to have made the Caylee Anthony case her personal crusade. She wasted  no time dressing him down on national TV. He handled the pressure well. .

“For every Casey Anthony who is acquitted, there are another 100 people who  are just convicted because they hire young lawyers who think the best strategy  is to just get on Nancy Grace every night,’’ said Richard Hornsby, former  president of the Central Florida Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

Grace, who snidely referred to Anthony as “tot mom,’’ was obviously  distraught about the verdict. She directed her anger at Baez and the defense  after they went across the street from the Orange County courthouse for a  celebration.

“As the defense sits by and has their champagne toast after that not guilty  verdict, somewhere out there, the devil is dancing tonight,” she said .

from:  http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/07/05/2301017/jose-baez-casey-anthonys-lawyer.html#ixzz1RJ7D3bgk

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Jose Angel Baez was born on October 17th, 1968 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jose_Baez_(lawyer)

October 17th, 1968

10 + 17 +1+9+6+8 = 51 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Lawyer.  Legal advice.  Logical.  Rational.

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Each letter of the first and middle names rules 9 years of life.  Ages 27 to 54 are ruled by the sum of the 4th, 5th, and 6th letters of the name.

Jose Angel Baez

5 (e is the 5th letter of the alphabet) + 1 (A is the 1st letter of the alphabet) + 14 (n is the 14th letter of the alphabet) = 20

So from ages twenty-seven to fifty-four he has the number 20 going on.

20 = Trial.  Jury.  Acquittal.

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find out your own numerology at:

http://www.learnthenumbers.com/

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Geert Wilders
23 June 2011 Last updated at 09:53 ET

Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders, who described Islam as
“fascist”, has been acquitted of inciting hatred against Muslims.

Judge Marcel van Oosten accepted the Freedom Party leader’s statements were
directed at Islam and not at Muslims.

Here, BBC News website readers in the Netherlands react to the verdict.

Daniel Milloy, Amsterdam

While I find Mr Wilders’ style and rhetoric extremely repugnant, I am pleased
that he was acquitted on these charges.

Daniel Milloy
“A belief system must be able to withstand criticism”

Incitement to hatred and violence, and knowingly spreading lies should be
illegal, but debating the validity of belief systems – religious or otherwise –
is an essential element of Western democracy.

I am Christian, yet I would find it disturbing if people were not permitted
to debate Christianity, or even to draw insulting political cartoons about what
I consider sacred.

If they are not protected in the expression of their opinions, how long will
I be protected in expressing mine?

I think that a belief system must be able to withstand criticism and debate,
otherwise we might as well trade our democracy for Iran’s or Nazi Germany’s
political systems.

Sjaak Willems, Arnhem

I heard the court’s verdict this morning and was amazed by the strict line of
reasoning the judges followed.

It will hurt a lot of feelings, but will not have many
practical consequences”

Sjaak Willems, Arnhem

It would have been easy for them to take the whole
context into account and conclude that Wilders’ aim is to blame a part of the
population for everything that’s wrong with this country.

It also highlights a curious mode of reasoning in Dutch law – that it is
possible to insult a religion without insulting its believers.

Wilders has been careful to balance on the edge of what is legally permitted
and the court has applied a High Court verdict with the utmost restraint.

So now a man with a large following and an unclear political agenda has
permission to say what he likes.

It will hurt a lot of feelings, but will not have many practical
consequences.

His party has the kind of political cadre you don’t want to be seen in public
with. There is no real party organisation, no activity on the streets.

What this does, however, is re-adjust the image of this country as a liberal
and social-minded nation.

I know that was a lot of window dressing, but having all the muck from your
cellar served out on your dinner table is not an experience I wished for.

More comments

While I am not a fan of Mr Wilders, I do applaud him for his courage to
defend free speech here in The Netherlands. For some time free speech has been
under attack here, especially when it comes to defending the traditions and
values of our land. Luckily the judges in this case have come to their senses. I
hope that now Mr Wilders is relieved of this burden, he can continue his fight
for our values. Jack Bakker, Roosteren

The ruling is unfair to Muslim people everywhere. Nothing can be compared
with the holy Koran. Mahamud Omar, Amsterdam

What has this man achieved so far with his hard views? Twenty years ago the
Netherlands was one of the best countries in the world in every sense of the
word. The last few years, populists like Mr Wilders have literally turned the
whole country upside down with their populist politics. Maybe and hopefully
common sense will eventually prevail once again before too long in the
Netherlands and most of the populists like him and his colleagues will just be
voted out of the Dutch Parliament. Sebastian, Maasland

Although he is a misled politician with utterly irrelevant
policies, he must not be stifled”

Brouts, Leiden

A dark day for race relations and multi-culturalism in
the Netherlands. Nick, Friesland

Although I personally find Mr Wilders obnoxious, I believe he has the right
to his opinion. Recent revelations over the Catholic Church have prompted many
comments and insults to be aimed at the Church and its leaders, but no-one is
pursuing anyone through the courts for being insulting. It seems that only
comments against Islam may be treated as discriminating. Gerald Harris,
Breda

I cannot help feeling that this whole judicial process has been politically
motivated. Wilders has not crossed the boundaries of the law – the prosecutors
knew this. One small group managed to persuade a judge with more politics on his
mind than the law to force a prosecution. When it comes to hatred, it is more
directed at Mr Wilders who has to live under strict security – he has to have
more bodyguards than some of the Royal Family, just for exercising his right to
free speech and political debate. Andy Bugden, Den Haag

Wilders deserved to be cleared. Although he is a misled politician with
utterly irrelevant policies, he must not be stifled. Brouts,
Leiden

As a non-Muslim who works internationally, I am totally disgusted with this
verdict. It indicates a clear lack of understanding of Islam as a religion, as
it cannot be separated from the followers of Islam. Denigrating their holy book
is the same as denigrating the followers. Mei Zegers,
Amsterdam

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13890503

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Geert Wilders was born on September 6th, 1963 according to  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geert_Wilders

September 6th, 1963

September 6th

9 + 6 +2+0+1+0 = 18 = his personal year (from September 6th, 2010 to September 5th, 2011) = Surreal.

 

 

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