The lawsuit against Adventure Outdoors – the last shop standing up to Mayor Bloomberg’s schoolyard bullying – has been forced to back down; primarily due to the antics of the anti-gun judge sitting on the case, Jack Weinstein. Judge Weinstein had made the decision that the case would be heard by an advisory jury, which would ultimately mean that the decision on the case was in the hands of the judge, and not the jury. By doing so, he essentially ensured that the case wouldn’t wind up in Adventure Outdoors’ favor.
According to the New York Daily News, Jay Wallace, the owner of Adventure Outdoors, plans to continue his fight elsewhere; I’ve also contacted him to see what his plans are for the future.
“We’re not cutting and running,” Renzulli [lawyer for Adventure Outdoors] insisted outside court.
Wallace will take his argument that Brooklyn federal court was not the proper venue for the suit, to the U.S. Court of Appeals.
It irks me to no end that Judge Weinstein was able to do this – personally, I feel like a case like this should be heard and decided by a jury. The whole point of jury trials is to eliminate the potential of bias to influence the case, sadly this appears to be a pretty clear-cut example of bias taking over for reason and logic.