Earlier this year, The Disco Biscuits performed three nights at The Fillmore in their hometown of Philadelphia, PA, with opening music from Aqueous. To kick off their first set, the Biscuits opened appropriately with “Coming Home,” a not-so-subtle reference to their return to The City of Brotherly Love. The band also modified the lyrics of “Coming Home,” using the Philly-centric lyrics that were debuted during their New Years Run in 2002 stating “Philly, it’s always been home with a Happy New Year Biscuits coming home.”Of the many highlights included the second set opening “Overture,” which lasted over thirty minutes. This dropped straight into an inverted “Portal To An Empty Head” before swinging through “Overture” once again. The band has shared pro-shot footage from this epic jam, which you can enjoy below:Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | The Fillmore Philadelphia | Philadelphia, PA | 2/2/17Set I: Coming Home-> I-Man-> Vassillios-> Abraxas-> Run Like Hell-> Coming HomeSet II: The Overture-> Portal to an Empty Head-> The Overture, Highwire-> I Remember When, Magellan-> I-ManE: Wet-> Run Like Hell[Setlist/Photo via Disco Biscuits Facebook]
United confirmed on Twitter that any further new arrivals will be handed vacant shirt numbers, which could include reported target Marcos Rojo. The Sporting Lisbon defender is being hit with disciplinary action by his club amid talk of him being wanted by Van Gaal. Reports suggest United have made a bid of around £16million for the 24-year-old Argentina international and that Rojo has refused to train with Sporting, handed in a transfer request and asked to be allowed to join the Red Devils. Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho has been quoted as saying that both Rojo and team-mate Islam Slimani are “subject to strong disciplinary measures” and will not play in the club’s Portuguese league opener against Academica on Saturday. De Carvalho, quoted by Portuguese newspaper Record from an interview with Sporting TV, said: “They will not play next weekend. This will take as long as it takes. If something doesn’t change, you’re going to end up with the players seeing out their contracts.” He added: “These two, in defence of our magnificent group, must be removed. They are subject to strong disciplinary measures. “Both players have taken decisions that have caused sharp indiscipline at Sporting.” Luke Shaw faces an extended wait to make his competitive debut for Manchester United after he was ruled out for up to four weeks with a hamstring injury. Shaw, a £27million capture from Southampton in June, is set to miss United’s Barclays Premier Legaue opener against Swansea on Saturday – as well as further league fixtures against Sunderland and Burnley – due to the injury. The 19-year-old left-back made his Red Devils debut in a 7-0 friendly win over LA Galaxy last month but will not be able to make his league bow for his new club this weekend, which will also mark boss Louis van Gaal’s first competitive match at the helm. A statement on Manchester United’s official website read: “Luke Shaw has suffered a hamstring injury and will miss the opening game of the season against Swansea City on Saturday. “The England international, a summer signing from Southampton, is likely to be sidelined for around four weeks. “Shaw sat out the friendly victory against Valencia at Old Trafford due to the problem and faces a wait before making his competitive debut for the club.” News of Shaw’s setback came shortly after United announced their squad numbers for the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season. As expected, Shaw inherited the number three jersey from Patrice Evra, who joined Juventus in the summer, while Adnan Januzaj was handed the number 11 shirt previously occupied by Ryan Giggs, who has retired from football to become Van Gaal’s assistant manager. Ander Herrera, the midfielder signed this summer from Athletic Bilbao, has taken number 21 in place of Angelo Henriquez, who has departed to Dinamo Zagreb on loan. Juan Mata has been given number eight, with fellow midfielder Anderson being demoted to 28. No-one has claimed the number five or 15 shirts worn previously by Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, the centre-backs now with QPR and Inter Milan respectively. Press Association
Had it been allowed, defense attorney Henry Salcido contends, Hurst’s acquittal would have been “a slam dunk.” Hurst testified at his trial earlier this month that he killed Robert Gauci, a Harbor College baseball coach, in February 2005 because Gauci made a homosexual pass at him. To corroborate his claim, Hurst’s defense wanted the jury to know that Gauci’s computer contained a sexually explicit e-mail to a man and that condoms, lubricant and a sex toy often used by gay men were found in Gauci’s car after his death. Deputy District Attorney Jeff Stodel countered that any evidence suggesting that Gauci, 44, engaged in extramarital sex was irrelevant. Stodel argued that the only thing the purported defense evidence would do is dirty-up Gauci’s name. Whether Gauci, a married man, was a cheater or dishonest had no bearing on whether Hurst had the mental capacity to commit murder, he argued. Judge Francis Hourigan, who presided over the trial in Torrance Superior Court, agreed with the prosecutor. And on Dec. 14, jurors returned with a verdict finding Hurst guilty of first-degree murder. “Character traits of parties and victims are, generally speaking, prohibited in the trial of any case because the view is that the jury will disregard the present evidence – the evidence that’s really critical – and decide that a person is a bad person, generally speaking, and therefore they shouldn’t pay attention to what the critical issues are in the case,” Garland said. Under California law, a judge can exclude evidence if its “probative value is substantially outweighed” by the time it would take to present it or if would create undue prejudice, confuse the issues or mislead the jury. Garland, noting that Gauci was kicked, smashed in the head with dumbbells and stabbed six times in the neck, opined that the trial judge was likely justified in concluding the sexually related evidence was more prejudicial to the prosecution than probative of the defense theory. “In fact, I might go as far as to say that it doesn’t come close to the final issue on the case,” Garland said. Nevertheless, veteran defense attorney Salcido accused Hourigan of abusing his judicial authority with his evidentiary rulings, giving the defense a basis for appeal. Garland said it’s rare that convictions are overturned on such grounds, but that doesn’t stop defense attorneys from trying. In the recent sexual assault trial involving Dr. Mahendra Udani, famed defense attorney Harland Braun fought hard to include negative character evidence about the victims in the case. Two women had said the prominent 55-year-old doctor from Palos Verdes Estates had touched them in a sexual manner during exams. But Torrance Superior Court Judge Michael Vicencia precluded any evidence to suggest one of the victims had a history of filing false police reports and legal documents. Evidence related to her credibility, the judge said, was a collateral matter that would waste time. Another ruling blocked information that a prosecution witness, who also claimed Udani had sexually assaulted her, posed naked in a magazine or may have worked as an exotic dancer. Udani eventually was convicted of the charges earlier this year. Braun has made the evidentiary rulings the basis for an appeal that is pending. “As a matter of constitutional law, the credibility of prosecution witnesses is always an issue for which Dr. Udani had a right to present relevant evidence to the jury,” Braun wrote in court documents related to the appeal. Deputy District Attorney Jodi Link, who did not prosecute Udani but is familiar with the case, explained that whether or not the woman posed naked does not prove or disprove the crime. Link, who heads the Torrance branch’s sex crimes unit, said damning but collateral evidence can sometimes have a place at trial, but only for a limited purpose. It was for exactly that reason that she was able to admit a significant piece of evidence in a notable local rape trial. Link was prosecuting former Catholic schoolteacher Aran Delaney, who was accused of sexually assaulting a woman outside a Hermosa Beach bar in June 2003. Soon after the case was filed, the alleged victim received threatening letters from Delaney’s parents. While Delaney could not be linked to the letters, Link won the right to let jurors know about one of them to bolster the alleged victim’s credibility – especially since the letters arguably acknowledged Delaney’s involvement. “We see this often in gang cases,” Link said. “In spite of being threatened after a crime, the witness came forward and testified.” After two hung juries, the charges against Delaney were dismissed. His parents, however, were convicted and sentenced to prison for authoring and delivering the letters. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A Torrance man who killed his stepfather wanted his jury to know some salacious things uncovered about the victim’s life. A South Bay physician accused of inappropriately touching female patients wanted his jury to know that one of his accusers had a history of filing false police reports and another woman who testified in the case posed nude for a magazine. A schoolteacher accused of raping a woman he met in a Hermosa Beach bar tried to prevent his jury from knowing his parents threatened the alleged victim. In all three high-profile South Bay cases, the defendants lost their bids to either present this evidence to jurors or, in the latter case, block it. Whether their trials would have ended differently had judges ruled their way will never be known. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonBut for lawyers in the trenches of criminal law, it is these rulings on evidence – what juries can hear and what they can’t – that often make or break a case. To those unversed in the law, rulings on evidence can seem arbitrary. But, in fact, judges are guided by years of legal precedent and have wide discretion in matters of evidence. Seemingly significant or incriminating morsels of evidence must be weighed to ensure they are more relevant than prejudicial before they can be allowed into a trial. “The trial judge can exercise discretion but cannot, as we say, abuse discretion,” said Norman Garland, a Southwestern University School of Law professor who teaches evidentiary law. In the case of Ashton Hurst, the Torrance man who fatally stabbed his stepfather, the judge excluded evidence that the defense felt was the heart of its case.